Affordable things to do in the Pocono region this weekend
Swampcandy. $20 to $23. Maryland-based bluegrass duo Swampcandy has toured internationally based on members Ruben Dobbs and Joey Mitchell’s musicianship, and at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 the two will bring their show to Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Drive, Hawley. Tickets are $20 in advance or $23 at the door. For more information, call 570-588-8077.
Olde Time Christmas. Free! There’s something about adding an “e” to the end of words that make them 100 percent more vintage, and for the first three weekends in December, Jim Thorpe’s Olde Time Christmas celebration offers vintage holiday happenings like train rides with Santa, tours of the Asa Packet Mansion, a live nativity, strolling carolers and more. This week’s special events include a 5 p.m. Dec. 2 tree lighting ceremony in Josiah White Park, games, Christmas movies and face painting in Mauch Chunk Opera House’s ballroom starting 11 a.m. Dec. 3. Some events, like the train ride with Santa, are ticketed. For more information, call 1-888-546-8467.
Dramatic holiday readings. $20. A 30-year tradition at Grey Towers National Historic Site (also known as Gifford Pinchot House), a dramatic reading of “A Christmas Carol” takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 4. Entry to event at 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Route 6, Milford, is $20. For more information, call 570-296-9625.
Santa’s Winterfest. Varies. Spend the day with Mrs. Claus and the elves at Santa’s workshop at Country Junction, 6565 Interchange Road, Lehighton, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18. Visitors can decorate cookies and ornaments, write letters to Santa, get photos with characters from Disney’s “Frozen” and get a photo with the workshop proprietor himself. A special breakfast with Santa will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18. Entry is $6 for adults or $12 for children. Breakfast with Santa is $9.99 for adults or $6.99 for children under 13. Pictures with Santa are $10. For more information, call 610-377-5050.