October 28, 2011

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Holiday Fun in Northeast PA!

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

Sesame Place, Langhorne, 866-GO-4-ELMO, sesameplace.com

Amusement rides, Christmas shows, music, twinkling lights, Christmas trees, an illuminated parade, and a visit with Santa on Fridays-Sundays from November 25 to December 23 and the week of December 26-31 at various times. Character dining available with reservations.


First & Founders Way, Bethlehem, 610-332-1300, artsquest.org/christkindlmarkt

German outdoor market with artists, crafts, live music, food, and ice carving demonstrations on Thursdays-Sundays from November 17 to December 19. Thursday-Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 10am-6pm.

Christmas at Grey Towers National Historic Site

Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford, 296-9630, greytowers.org

Holiday Mansion Tours from Monday-Friday December 5-9 and 12-16 from 1-3pm and December 11 and 17-18 from 1-4pm ($4). Free Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 10 from 10am-4pm.

Christmas Candy Lane at Hershey Park

Hershey, 800-437-7439, hersheypark.com

Twinkling lights, rides for all ages, festive decorations, and characters decked out in their holiday best from November 18 to December 31. Discounts for multiple-day tickets; age 2 and under free. Hours vary depending on day; check website or call for schedule. Hershey Sweet Lights, a holiday drive-thru spectacular with illuminated animations over two miles of wooded trails. Daily beginning at 5pm; per car charge.

Corning Museum of Glass Holiday Open House

Corning, NY, 800-732-6845, cmog.org

Live music, holiday displays, and hands-on activities December 3-4 from 9am-5pm with free admission. Breakfast at 8:30am or lunch at noon with Santa ($6, reservation required). Studio projects are $12 each for blown ornaments and flowers and $7 for icicles, fused suncatchers, and sandblasted drinking glasses (age restrictions apply). Holiday Breaks from November 26-28 and December 26-31 with special activities. 9am-5pm.

Electric Trolley Station and Museum Festival of Trees

300 Cliff St, Scranton, 963-6590, ectma.org

View beautifully decorated trees throughout the museum to benefit Toys for Tots campaign. Opening night gala December 9 from 5:30-8pm. Free trolley rides for children donating a child's Christmas gift from November 25-27. Santa on the Trolley December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 at 10:30am, noon, 1:30pm and 3pm (weather permitting).

Koziar’s Christmas Village

782 Christmas Village Rd., Bernville, 610-488-1110, koziarschristmasvillage.com

Dazzling light spectacle, train display and visits with Santa on Friday-Sunday from November 5 to Thanksgiving (Monday-Friday 6-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 5:30-9:30pm) and every night thereafter until January 1 (Monday-Friday 6-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 5-9:30pm). Ages 5 and under free; ages 6-12 $6; ages 13+ $8; and seniors $7.

Nay Aug Park Holiday Light Spectacular

Scranton, 348-4186

Holiday light displays depicting scenes of the season. November 25 to January 7 beginning at 5:30pm. Donations accepted.

Parade of Trees at Grotto Pizza

Harveys Lake, 639-3278, grottopizza.com

Holiday trees on display inside dining room to benefit charities.

Please Touch Museum Enchanted Colonial Village

Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, 215-581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.org

Share the magic of holidays past by viewing the restored scenes from this historical village from November 25 to December 24.

Skytop Lodge Gingerbread Weekend

Skytop (Poconos), 800-345-7759, skytop.com

See a life-sized gingerbread house, make your own gingerbread masterpieces and other family-fun events including visits with Santa and listening to “Twas the Night Before Christmas” in front of the fireplace on December 9-11 and 16-18.


Great Wolf Lodge, Scotrun, 800-768- 9653, greatwolf.com

Daily snow shows inside the Grand Lobby, visits from Santa, holiday carol sing-alongs, Santa's workshop, writing depot, wrapping depot, toy creation station, Polar Wolf Walk, Great Clock Tower holiday snow show, nightly story time and a Polar Bear Race in the water park from December 3-25. 

Swetland Homestead Christmas Candlelight Tours

Corner of Wyoming Avenue and Swetland Lane, Wyoming, 822-1727, luzernehistory.org

Candlelight tours on December 2, 3 and 4 from 6-8pm and December 4-5 from 1-4pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5. Group tours call 823-6244, ext. 3.

Winter Wonderland at Dutch Wonderland

Lancaster, 1-866-FUNatDW, dutchwonderland.com

Themed rides, games, and holiday entertainment under thousands of twinkling lights! Indoor activities include cookie decorating, voting for your favorite gingerbread house, and sharing holiday wishes with Santa. Saturdays-Sundays from November 19 to December 18 and week of December 26-30. Ages 3+ $12.99 (ages 2 and under are free).

Visits and Pictures with Santa

Laurel Mall, Hazleton

Santa arrives on November 19

454-2100, thelaurelmall.com

The Mall at Steamtown, Scranton

Santa arrives on November 11

343-3400, themallatsteamtown.com

Viewmont Mall, Dickson City

Santa arrives on November 11

346-9182, shopviewmontmall.com

Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre

Santa arrives on November 11

823-1224, shopwyomingvalleymall.com

Country Junction

Santa arrives November 19 and available on weekends

Lehighton, 610-377-5050, Wilkes-Barre, 823-1900

Hazleton, 455-1550, countryjunction.com

Holiday Trains and Models

Anthracite Model Railroad Society’s Open House

1057 Peace St. Rear (Hanover Court), Hazleton, 459-6395, amrclub.org

November 19-20, 24-26, and weekends from December 3-18 and January 7-15. Thanksgiving Thursday and Fridays 5-7pm, Saturdays Noon-7pm, and Sundays 1-5pm.

Canadian Pacific Railroad - The Holiday Train (not an excursion)

340-5200 or 888-693-9391 or nps.gov/stea

On November 26, the brightly decorated Canadian Pacific Train begins a goodwill journey from Steamtown at approximately 6-6:30pm (come 15-30 minutes earlier) collecting food for local food banks (donations appreciated). Santa will visit and professional musicians will perform. (The train is expected to cross the historic Tunkhannock Viaduct between 7-7:15pm.) Free and open to the public.

Holiday Trains Display

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, 222 Market Street, Harrisburg, 717-214-ARTS, whitakercenter.org

Strasburg Rail Road-themed toy train sets, beautifully decorated trees, and hands-on activities for children of all ages. Free with paid admission.

Santa Express and Hawley Winterfest Train Rides  

Stourbridge Line Excursion, Honesdale, 866-637-2457, waynecountycc.com.

Santa Express -- On December 3-4 and 11, ride along with Santa and Rudolph when they come to town on this traditional two-hour holiday excursion with entertainment, fun and a special gift for the kids. 11am and 2pm. $20, children 12 and under $15. Hawley Winterfest -- On December 10, board a five-hour round-trip ride to the annual festival in Hawley with historic homes, visits with Santa, music and activities. Noon. $20, children 12 and under $15. Reservation required for both rides.

Santa's Paradise Express Train Ride

Strasburg Railroad, Strasburg, 717-687-7522, strasburgrailroad.com

On November 25-27, December 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18, sing Christmas carols with Santa and musicians as they stroll from car to car. Coach Fare: $17, Child (3-11) $10.50, Toddler (under 3) $3; First-Class Fare: All Ages $26 (includes hot chocolate and cookie); President's Car Fare: All ages $30 (includes hot chocolate and cookie). Dining Car Fare: $19, Child (3-11) $12.50, Toddler (under 3) $5. Pre-purchase tickets.

Steamtown Holiday Express Excursion

Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff Street, Scranton, 340-5204, nps.gov/stea

On November 25-26 and December 3, join in the merriment and festivities aboard a steam-powered "Holiday Express" ride to Moscow, PA with songs, stories and other fun children's activities. Cookies, cocoa and snacks available for sale. Train departs at 11am and returns at 2pm. $19, ages 6-15 $12, ages 5 and under free with ticket. Reservations required.

October 28, 2011