Decorated Christmas Tree
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
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
The Mall at Steamtown, Scranton
Santa arrives on November 11
Viewmont Mall, Dickson City
Santa arrives on November 11
Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre
Santa arrives on November 11
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.