Affordable things to do in the Pocono region this weekend

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Ugly Sweater Murder Mystery: Split Rock Resort is getting spooky for the holidays. Book a package on Dec. 17 and 18 that includes an overnight stay. Saturday night starts off with a story orientation from 5 to 6 p.m. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. On Sunday morning, the conclusion of the story takes place and the mystery is solved from 9 to 10 a.m. The overnight stay is $160 plus fees for a room. Dinner and breakfast plus the murder mystery is included. For more information, visit or call 570-722-9111.

Magical Fireside Christmas: Pocono Manor is transformed into a Currier and Ives Christmas scene. Through Dec. 25, let the holiday magic come alive as you walk through 10,000 square feet of light displays, life-sized gingerbread house and Santa’s workshop. Family activities include cookie decorating, face painting, storytelling, ornament making and writing letters to Santa. Feed live deer, and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate. The event at 1 Manor Drive, Pocono Manor, is $10 per person and the event runs from noon to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, email [email protected] or call 800-233-8150.

Chris Janson: At 8 p.m. Dec. 17, listen to singer/songwriter Chris Janson. His hit list includes “Buy Me a Boat,” “Holdin’ Her,” and a cover of Tim McGraw’s “That’s How I’ll Always Be.” He’ll perform at Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road. Tickets are $29 in advance, $34 day of show. Doors open at 6 p.m. For tickets visit or call 866-605-7325.

Change: A New Christmas Carol: Are you tired of the same ol’ “A Christmas Carol”? Sherman Theater has something for you. On Dec. 16, settle in to watch a holiday production about a quarter that comes to life and brings change to the town of Stroudsville. The play is the product of community members passionate about theater. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for seniors and students; $10 for children younger than 12. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit