Explore NEPA and beyond with this list of things to do this weekend

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Christmas at St. Stephen’s: Free! Carol singing and musical prelude, 10:30 p.m. Dec. 24 before the Midnight Mass Christmas Eve service which begins at 11 p.m., St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 35 S. Franklin St., historic downtown Wilkes-Barre. 570-825-6653

Christmas Eve Vigil at St. Nicholas: Free! Christmas Carols including traditional German songs begin at 11:30 p.m. Dec. 24 and Midnight Mass begins at 12 a.m., St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, 570-823-7736.

Christmas Eve Service at Church of Christ Uniting: Free! Carols begin at 7:15 p.m. Dec. 24 and candlelight service begins at 7:30, Church of Christ Uniting, 190 S. Sprague Ave., Kingston, 570-288-8434.

Christmas Eve service at Firwood United Methodist Church, Free! With communion and live nativity, 7 p.m. Dec. 24, 399 Old River Road, Wilkes-Barre. 570-823-7721.

Brass Reflections concert: Free! Head to the Circle Centre for the Arts at the Wyoming Valley Art League on Dec. 27 to hear a concert featuring all-brass instruments. The concert starts at 4 p.m. at 130 S. Franklin St. Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Margie Bryant at 570-760-9083.


Ugly Sweater Party. Free! Harlot will headline a a group of four acts at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 23 at the Keys at 244 Penn Ave. Rennin Davidson, lead singer and songwriter of Harlot is travelling in from Oregon to join her band. Other featured acts include the acoustic indie soul group Umbriel, the acoustic duo, A Season Underground, and Aaron McCurdy. Guests are invited to wear don their ugliest sweaters.

Village Idiots Xmas Eve Eve! Free! Northeastern Pennsylvania mainstays, the Village Idiots are hosting a party on the day before the day before Christmas. The band, which features Freeman White on keys, Jami Novak on drums, Greg Kondrat and Chuck Sabatelle on guitar and MJ Puskas on bass, will entertain a crown at 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 23 at O’Leary’s Pub at 514 Ash St.

Mountain Sky Christmas Party. $10. The Mountain Sky Family is holding a holiday party from 8 p.m. to midnight on Dec. 26 at the Mountain Sky venue grounds on Still Meadow Lane in Jermyn. The evening will feature music of the Mountain Sky Orchestra. Stay warm by the wood stove as the band performs for the crowd. The event is BYOB and guests must be 21 or older. ID will be checked at the doors, which open at 6 p.m.

Everhart Botanica. Museum admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, $3 for children between the ages of 6 and 12 and free for children under 5 and members. From now until Dec. 31, the museum will be showing selections from their Twining Herbarium. The historical specimens include native plants and introduced species and are being displayed as a complement to the Everhart’s To Your Health! exhibit as all plants have been used historically to make or flavor alcoholic spirits, liqueurs and cordials as well as for medicinal formulas and applications.

The Nutcracker, Free! This is the 40th Christmas season during which Ballet Theater of Scranton will welcome the community to see the holiday ballet. Performances are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 26 to Dec. 28 at the Sette LaVerghetta Center for the Performing Arts, Marywood University, 2300 Adams Ave, Scranton. Reserve tickets at the box office two hours prior to each show. 570-347-2867.


MiZ: NEPA musician Mike Mizwinski will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 26 the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Dr. MiZ, was a Steamtown Music Award nominee and now fans can catch his performance at one of the oldest buildings in the Poconos. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. and general admission ticket prices start at $22. For more info visit hawleysilkmill.com.

NERF Ballistic Battle Zone: Gather your friends and challenge them to a battle. A NERF battle. From noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 27 head to Country Junction’s Indoor Nerf Arena, 6565 Interchange Rd., Lehighton for half-hour game play, hour or all-day game play. Admission starts at $7. Nerf guns, soft darts and safety goggles are provided. For more information, visit www.countryjunction.com.

Mountain View Distillery: This winery is breaking out its new Blush Bubbly and inviting guests to partake in a design your own mimosa bar with an assortment of fruits, sorbet and juices. Pair your brunch beverage with handmade champagne truffles. Head to the distillery between noon and 5 p.m. Dec. 26 and 27 at 5866 Neola Rd. Stroudsburg. For more information call 570-619-0053.

Get your ski on: Camelback Mountain, in Tannersville, has begun its ski season. The resort’s five lifts, various trails and lessons are open and available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. There is limited terrain however, so discounted tickets are available. Snow tubing has not yet been opened. For more information, visit www.skicamelback.com.

New Year’s Eve 5K Run: Kick off the new year right by taking part in a road race sponsored by the Bloomsburg YMCA, 30 E. Seventh St. Dec. 31 with registration 5 to 6:45 p.m. and race at 7 p.m. $25. 570-784-0188 or bloomsburgy.org.


Being […] at Christmas: The National Museum of Jewish History invites everyone to fill in the blanks about what they are at Christmas. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a full slate of activities. There will be music from Alex and the Kaleidoscope, The Clay Studio is open to make self-drying clay doves and The Great Holtzie will perform family friendly stand-up comedy. For more information, including times for activities, visit www.nmajh.org.

Reenactment at Washington Crossing: Every year, reenactors remember George Washington’s Christmas Day river crossing during the American Revolution. On Dec. 25, hear an inspiring speech by Washington and watch hundreds of reenactors, in Continental military garb, row across the river in replica Durham boats. While the river crossings depend on the day’s weather, the speeches and commemorative activities will still occur. The Christmas Day crossing is free to attend and runs from noon to 3 p.m. The crossing will take place at 1 p.m. The historic village at Washington Crossing Park will hold other activities and demonstrations throughout the afternoon. For more information, visit www.washingtoncrossingpark.org.

Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Celebration: Through December 31, enjoy a winter wonderland under the seas at Camden’s Adventure Aquarium. Check out festive decorations and Scuba Santa. Live shows are holiday themed and both Rudolph and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster will appear daily in the Rotunda. For ticket prices and other information, visit www.adventureaquarium.com.

Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market: The market features work by local artists, bakers, designers and crafters. For the first time, Dilworth Park is hosting the market. Spend Dec. 26 and 27 wandering about tents and enjoy holiday food. Make sure you hit up the ice skating rink. The market is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Kwanzaa Family Celebration: The Johnson House of Historic Germantown is celebrating Kwanzaa (which begins Dece. 26) through an evening of African drumming, storytellings, crafts and cultural foods from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 27. For more information, visit www.freedomsbackyard.com or call 215-438-1768.


Merry Hanukkah with Judy Gold: Emmy Award winning actress and comedian Judy Gold will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 25 at Caroline’s on Broadway. Look for a hilarious show where Gold shares family stories of her own holiday experiences. Tickets start at $30. For more information, visit www.carolines.com.

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”: In honor of the 50th anniversary of the holiday classic, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy and all the other Peanuts star in Macy’s holiday window display. Head to 34th street at Herald Square where the Broadway-facing windows show scenes from the animated classic. Charlie Brown’s little tree on top of Macy’s awning is the highlight. Catch the display until Jan. 4.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Watch a football game at Yankee Stadium. On Dec. 26 at 3:30 p.m., head to the Bronx to watch Duke University go head-to-head with Indiana University for the first time since 1984. For more information, visit www.pinstripebowl.com. To purchase tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Free Admission to the Bronx Zoo: With temperatures reaching record highs for December, get out and visit the Bronx Zoo. Through Dec. 31, if you bring a new, unwrapped toy, receive one free admission ticket. The toy drive benefits families of veterans and active duty military members. Donations can be dropped off at the park entrance or inside the Bronx Zoo Store. The zoo is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more info, visit bronxzoo.com.

Kwanzaa 2015: Energize, Recognize!: For the 37th year, the American Museum of Natural History is celebrating Kwanzaa on Dec. 27 at noon and 3 p.m. Festivities include appearances by Doug E. Fresh and reggae rapper Vicious, and filmmaker MK Asante. Asante will introduce his film “The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration.” Maya Angelou, who narrated the film, will be celebrated in music after. A Q & A with Asante will follow the film. The festivities are free with museum admission ($22) and will take place at the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life and Kaufmann Theater. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Visit www.amnh.org for more information.


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