First Posted: 12/2/2014
THIS WEEK: Dec. 3 to 9, 2014
Classic Movie Series, a showing of the holiday classic “A Christmas Story,” about nine-year-old Ralphie and his wish for a Red Ryder BB rifle. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Noon and 7 p.m. Dec. 3. $5. 570-996-1500.
Arts and Music Celebration, with works by local artists from the Verve Vertu Studios, Ani Art Academies and others along with holiday music by Supplee Strings, the Dallas High School Music Department and classical guitarist Mark Reinhart. Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgway Drive, Dallas. Noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 3. Free. Reservations: 570-675-1866.
CAN DO Community Christmas, with holiday music by school groups, refreshments, photos and letter-writing with Santa. Christ Lutheran Church, 210 W. Green St., Hazleton. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Free. 570-455-1508.
DNA Interest Group: Citizen Science, with roundtable discussions and individualized help in using Ancestry DNA, Family Tree DNA and Family Finder. Bring raw DNA zip-file download on a flash drive. All experience levels welcome. Sponsored by the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society at the group’s library, Hanover Green Cemetery Caretaker’s House, 689 Main Road, Hanover Township. 6 p.m. Dec. 3. $5. 570-829-1765.
Christmas at the Swetland Homestead, candlelight tours of the historic home with re-enactors portraying the Swetland family and the 143rd Pennsylvania Regiment who have established a field hospital in the home during the Civil War. Swetland Homestead, 885 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5; 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6; 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 7. $6, $4 children. 570-823-6244.
Holiday Party, with wine, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, gift bags for the first 100 people and a Toys for Tots collection. Woodhouse Day Spa, 387 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 4. Free. 570-763-0063.
Schemel Forum Lecture, with Grant Oliphant, president of the Heinz Endowments speaking on “Philanthropy in America: A Wide-Angle View.” Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Free. Reservations: 570-941-6206.
An Olde-Time Christmas, the annual holiday celebration in downtown Jim Thorpe with a live nativity, historic walks, strolling carolers and musicians, train rides with Santa, Asa Packer Mansion Tours, Gingerbread House Contest, a display of more than 500 crèches, an Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest, Victorian horse-and-buggy rides, scavenger hunt, model railroad exhibit and more. Begins Dec. 4 with a Tree Lighting ceremony at 5:30 and continues 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 14. See schedule at jimthorpe.org.
Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem, the annual German-style holiday marketplace with works by the nation’s finest artists along with live music, glassblowing, food booths, Breakfast with Santa and a Gingerbread House exhibit. ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Through Dec. 21 with hours 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 610-297-7100 or christmascity.org.
Parade of Trees, holiday trees decorated by area organizations. Vote for your favorite for $1. Grotto Pizza, 3445 Lakeside Drive, Harveys Lake. Through Dec. 31 with hours daily from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. 570-639-3278.
Holiday Film Festival, a screening of “Four Christmases” (2008) about a young couple who spend Christmas trudging to all four of their divorced parents. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Dec. 5. Free. 570-823-0156.
Holiday on the Square, Scranton’s first outdoor winter market with artists and vendors offering wares from heated tents. Also: caroling, free hot chocolate, horse-drawn carriage rides, a children’s activity tent and entertainment by the Steve Kurilla Jazz Project (Friday night), the Cole Family Band and the Coal Town Rounders (Saturday afternoon). Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 with the lighting of the Christmas tree at 6 p.m.; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 6. 570-963-5901.
Christmas Candylane, holiday festivities at Hersheypark in Hershey with two million twinkling lights, more than 30 rides for all ages, the Music Box Christmas Show “Up on the Rooftop,” breakfast and lunch with Santa, Hershey Sweet Lights Drive-Thru Spectacular, Noel (with 150,000 lights synchronized to Christmas music), Santa’s Reindeer Stables, holiday storytime, ice skating and choral groups. 5 to 10 p.m. Dec. 5; noon to 10 p.m. Dec. 6; noon to 9 p.m. Dec. 7. Continues through Dec. 31. $12. Info at hersheypark.com.
Holiday Light Show, a drive-through display of more than 100 lighted structures depicting scenes of the season. Horse-and-wagon rides dependent upon the weather. Refreshments available. Nay Aug Park, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 5 to 9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 2. 570-348-4186.
No Room at the Inn, a display of more than 400 Nativity sets from around the world along with a Christmas Shop and haluski, pot pies and soup for sale. Forty Fort Presbyterian Church, 1224 Wyoming Ave. 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5; 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6; noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 7. 570-287-7097.
Keeping Christ in Christmas, the sixth annual singing of Christmas hymns at the Nativity display on the lawn of the Luzerne County Courthouse, 200 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 5 p.m. Dec. 5. Followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree at 6 p.m. in the Courthouse Rotunda along with entertainment and refreshments. 570-239-3363.
TreeFest, the annual fundraiser for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble with 100-plus decorated trees, Gingerbread House contest, dozens of professional artisans, and entertainment by local choirs and dance groups. Caldwell Consistory, Market Square, Bloomsburg. 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 6; noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 7. $6. 570-784-5532.
Wine and Cheese Event, with music by jazz guitarist John Link. Wyoming Valley Art League, 130 Rear S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5. $25. Reservations: 570-905-0508 or 570-822-1020.
Mix, Mingle and Jingle, the annual holiday happy hour to benefit Leadership Lackawanna. With beer, wine, pasta bar, candy station, raffle and a holiday sweater contest with cash prizes. Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, 100 Adams Ave. 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5. $30. 570-342-7711.
Toys for Tots Drive, sponsored by the Marine Corps League of White Haven. With refreshments and beverages. Cavanaugh’s Grille, 163 N. Main St., Mountain Top. 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5. $10 or a new unwrapped toy. 570-474-1050.
The Miracle of Bethlehem, a 45-minute outdoor Christmas musical relating the story of the birth of Jesus. St. Faustina Kowalska Parish Grove, Old Newport Street, Sheatown. 7 p.m. Dec. 5 to 7. Free but donations appreciated. 570-735-0552.
Long Winter Nights, a sky show exploring the sights of the local evening skies in winter. Also: “Passport to the Universe” about the locations of our planets and solar system in the vast cosmos. McMunn Planetarium, Science and Technology Center, East Stroudsburg University. 7 p.m. Dec. 5. $6; $4 children. Advance tickets only at quantum.esu.edu/museum. 570-422-2747.
Christmas Gala, with food, wine and beer, raffles and entertainment by 6 Drink Minimum playing hits from the 1960s to the present. Grace Episcopal Church, 30 Butler St., Kingston. 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 5. Tickets: 570-287-8440.
Christmas Nature Crafts, using natural items to craft table centerpieces, Christmas cards and ornaments. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 6. $30. Reservations: 570-992-6161.
Pet Photos with Santa. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 at Whitings Pet Supply, 161 N. Memorial Highway, Trucksville; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at Dymonds Farm, 352 Brace Road, Dallas. 570-333-5265.
Christmas in Our Hometown, the annual celebration with horse-drawn wagon rides, trolley rides, ice sculptures, Cookie Walk, Santa and Mrs. Claus, strolling carolers and musicians, living store windows, roasted chestnuts, hot drinks, sales and surprises. Along Tioga Street in downtown Tunkhannock. 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 with the lighting of the Christmas tree; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6. 570-836-3188.
Santa Claus Train Rides, from Tunkhannock to Falls along the Susquehanna River on the Reading & Northern Railroad. Departing from downtown Tunkhannock at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. $12; $9 children. Reservations: 570-836-3188.
Holiday Workshop, a morning of cookie decorating, holiday crafts, singing and creations by the Balloon Lady. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Free. 570-996-1500.
Model Railroad Open House, a custom-built layout depicting Lehigh Valley’s Hazleton Branch passing through the towns of Weatherly, Cross Creek, Ashmore, Jeddo, Drifton and Eckley along with a model of Hazleton in the 1940s and ’50s. Anthracite Model Railroad Club, 1057 Hanover Court, Hazle Township. Through Jan. 4: noon to 7 p.m. Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Free but donations accepted. Details at amrclub.org.
Model Railroad Open House, an HO-scale, 2000-square-foot layout modeling northeastern railroads from various eras. Hudson Model Railroad Club, 97 Martin St., Hudson. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 4 but closed on Dec. 7 and 14. Free but donations accepted. See hudsonmodelrailroadclub.com.
An Afternoon of Colonial Hospitality, a re-creation of life in early Wyoming Valley with living-history personages, refreshments, period music and tours of the historic Nathan Denison House, 35 Denison St., Forty Fort. 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. $5; $3 children. 570-288-5531.
Old-Time Christmas, the annual holiday tours centering on traditions of a 19th-century Pennsylvania Dutch farm. With Victorian skits, a Christmas Putz, living Nativity, caroling in the one-room schoolhouse, storytelling, refreshments and a visit by the Belschnikel. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 3 to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Dec. 6 to 14. $10, $5 children. 570-992-6161.
Living Christmas Village, an interactive journey through biblical times with music by local high school choirs. Also: Santa’s workshop, puppets, a live Nativity, cocoa and cookies. Grace Bible Church, 130 University Drive, Dunmore. 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7. Free. 570-342-5651.
Community Contra Dance, with music by fiddler Henry Jankiewicz, keyboardist John Wobus and Curt Osgood on hammered dulcimer. Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market St., Kingston. Dec. 6 with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. and dancing at 7 p.m. Pay what you wish. No partner or previous experience necessary. 570-333-4007.
Holiday Photos for Pets, a fundraiser for the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter with professional photos with Santa or a Hanukkah scene. Also: portable pet water bowls for the first 300 attendees, refreshments, pet treats and a live broadcast by 98.5 KRZ. Toyota of Scranton, 3400 N. Main Ave. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7. $10. 570-507-1643.
Monthly Bingo, with door prizes, cash prizes and refreshments. Sponsored by St. Faustina Kowalska Parish at St. Mary’s School, 1010 Hanover St., Nanticoke. Dec. 7 with doors at 12:30 p.m. and games at 1:45 p.m. 570-735-4833.
Christmas Festival, with judging of the Gingerbread House Contest, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, music by the Youth Choir and Handbells, cookie decorating, crafts, life-size gingerbread houses, Dress-up Nativity, homemade soup and wimpies. Gate of Heaven Church, 40 Machell Ave., Dallas. 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Contest rules and entry forms available at 570-675-2121.
Festival of Trees, a display of trees decorated by area businesses. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Through Dec. 19 with hours 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14. 570-740-0602.
Holiday Tours of all three floors of the seasonally decorated Grey Towers National Historic Site, the 1886 mansion of Gov. Gifford Pinchot. With a Holiday Art Exhibit and Sale and an Interpretive Gift Shop. 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford. Dec. 8 to 20 with tours at 1 and 3 p.m. $8. 570-296-9630.
The Sacred Art of Tibet Tour, with six Tibetan monks reciting the Tara Puja ritual and prayers with melodic music for inner peace and compassion followed by a question-and-answer session. Continues with the dissolution (sweeping) of the Mandala, and blessing and distribution of sand at 7 p.m. Presented by the Asian Studies Program at PNC Auditorium, Loyola Science Center, University of Scranton. 6 p.m. Dec. 8. Free. 570-941-7643.
Holiday Paint and Sip Party, a fundraiser for the Wyoming Valley Dog Squad. Paint a copy of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” guided by a skilled artist. Art ‘n Vino, 667 N. River St., Plains Township. 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8. $40 includes canvas, paint and use of brushes. Glasses and ice available for BYOBs. Reservations: 570-430-5045.
Open Skate, the 11th annual event with doors open for public ice skating at the Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 9. Admission: an unwrapped toy or $5 donation to Toys for Tots. No skate rentals at the Arena but limited skates available ($3) at the Toyota SportsPlex on Coal Street in Wilkes-Barre. 570-970-3507.
The Sacred Art of Tibet Tour, with six Tibetan monks sharing the art and culture of Tibet. Stops include a lecture on “World Peace and the Unity of All Religions” 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Wonderstone Gallery, 101 E. Drinker St., Dunmore; a lecture and meditation 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 20 Church Road, Wyoming; lecture, meditation and discussion 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Balance Yoga & Wellness, 900 Rutter Ave., Forty Fort; lecture on “6 Perfections” 7 p.m. Dec. 12 followed by construction of a sand mandala and meditation 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 13, both at Wellspring House, 11 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock; a blessing of the animals, vegan potluck and lecture 11 a.m. Dec. 14 at Indraloka Animal Sanctuary, Meshoppen; and an empowerment ritual 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Wellspring House in Tunkhannock. 570-344-6375.
Classic Movie Series, a showing of the musical “Holiday Inn,” starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Noon and 7 p.m. Dec. 10. $5. 570-996-1500.
Mifflinburg Christkindl Market, the 26th annual authentic German-style event with more than 100 festive outdoor huts offering unique gift items and German-style foods. Also: live music and dance, Kinder World with children’s attractions, the Tinsel Angel, the five-foot Prune Man, life-sized nutcrackers, St. Nicholas, the Christkindl Pub with Glow Wine and German beers, and the 15-foot German Christmas Pyramid. Downtown Mifflinburg. 4:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 12; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 13. Free admission. 888-666-0877.
Civil War Roundtable, a talk by member Wendell Jones on “Horses and Mules in the Civil War,” followed by a holiday party. Bring a treat to share. Daddow-Isaacs American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 7 p.m. Dec. 11. $3. 570-675-8936.
Railway Program, with photos of scenes from past rail activities in the area. Sponsored by the Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Railway Historical Society at the Iron Skillet Restaurant, Petro Plaza, Avoca. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Free. 570-822-0693.
Hawley Winterfest, the annual holiday weekend with ice sculptures, Cookie Walk and Victorian Luncheon, Holiday Artisans Fair, Holiday House Tour, Safe Kids Fair, Beer Tour, towed tube rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music, Santa’s Workshop, open houses with music and treats, living Nativity, breakfast with Santa, art exhibits, Christmas stage show and more. Village of Hawley and nearby vicinities. Dec. 12 to 14. See schedule at hawleywinterfest.com. 570-226-4064.
Holiday Film Festival, a screening of “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944), the classic MGM musical starring Judy Garland. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Dec. 12. Free. 570-823-0156.
Victorian Candlelight Christmas Tours of the 16-room 1878 Jackson Mansion, 344 N. Market St., Berwick. With carolers, musicians on piano, harp, violin and bagpipes, appetizers, sweets and wassail. 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13. $15 advance; $18 at the door. 570-759-8020.
Toyland Bingo, with prizes including bicycles, a Nintendo 3DS, an American Girl doll and more. Geared for parents and their children. Holy Rosary School, 125 Stephenson St., Duryea. Dec. 12 with doors open at 5 p.m. $3 includes one starter card. 570-457-2553.
Holiday Open House. Join the Lackawanna Historical Society for wassail, sweet treats, stories and games along with horse-drawn carriage rides around the downtown. Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. 7 p.m. Dec. 12. 570-344-3841.
Christmas at Eckley, a holiday celebration with Victorian-style decorations, children’s activities, strolling carolers, choirs, a performance by the Eckley Players and visits by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Eckley Miners Village, Highland Road, off Route 940. Noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14. $7. 570-636-2070.
Holiday Open House at the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Hanover Green Cemetery Caretaker’s House, 689 Main Road, Hanover Township. Noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 13. 570-829-1765.
Christmas Party, sponsored by the Tunkhannock Lions. Lake Winola Fire Company, 1204 Route 307. 6 p.m. Dec. 13 with a social hour (BYOB) followed by a chicken-and-biscuit dinner. $10 plus an unwrapped children’s toy. Open to the public. Reservations: 570-836-1205.
50/50 Bingo, with food and beverages available. Noxen School and Community Center, School Street. 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13. Proceeds benefit the Noxen-Monroe Sportsmen’s Club. 570-298-2052.
Story Time for Grown-Ups! Adult stories and games along with wine, holiday-themed drinks and snacks. Christmas sweaters encouraged. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 7 p.m. Dec. 13. $20 advance; $25 at the door. 570-654-9847.
The Life of a Civil War Soldier, a presentation on life in a Civil War Camp and on the march by re-enactor Mark Kahn. Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15. 570-287-2013.
It’s a Wonderful Life, the annual free showing of the classic holiday film. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 2, 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 16. 570-996-1500.
Holiday Film Festival, a screening of “Holiday Inn,” the 1942 musical starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Dec. 19. Free. 570-823-0156.
Holiday Film Festival, a screening of “Christmas in Connecticut,” the 1945 romance starring Barbara Stanwyck. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Dec. 26. Free. 570-823-0156.
First Night Scranton, the family-oriented, alcohol-free festival celebrating “The Joys of Hollywood” with music, magicians, ventriloquists, jugglers, balloon artists, face painters and more performing in venues throughout downtown Scranton. 6 p.m. to midnight. Dec. 31. Schedule at firstnightscranton.com.
AMSOIL Arenacross, arena-based, off-road motorcycle racing competition with two main events during each night of action. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7; Amateur Day at noon Feb. 8. $35, $20, $10; $15 on Sunday. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
Candy, Cards and Confections Workshop, a morning of making chocolate-covered treats, Valentine cards and more. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 7. $30. Reservations: 570-992-6161.
Harlem Globetrotters, the comic hoopsters in a game against the Washington Generals. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 3 p.m. Feb. 22. 800-745-3000.
Monster Jam, the edge-of-your-seat motor-sports show with 10,000-pound monster trucks including Grave Digger, Backwards Bob, Sonuva Digger, Thrasher, Crushstation and Stinger. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28; 2 p.m. March 1. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
An Evening of Fine Food and Wine, samplings of food-and-wine pairings offered by area restaurants. Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave. 5:30 p.m. April 26. Reservations: 570-344-1111.
Holiday Bus Trip Fundraiser, transportation to New York City for personal shopping or entertainment. Departs from the First Presbyterian Church, 115 Exeter Ave., West Pittston. 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6. $30. Reservations: 570-654-9847.
Be an Angel to a Senior, Veteran or Needy Family. Stop in Boscov’s Department Store, 15 S. Main St. in downtown Wilkes-Barre and select a tag from the Angel Tree by Dec. 8. After purchasing the requested item on the tag, take the angel and item to the Courtesy Desk and it will be wrapped and delivered in time for Christmas. 570-823-4141.