THIS WEEK: Dec. 2 to 8, 2015
Christmas City Stroll, a guided walking tour through Bethlehem’s historic district led by docents dressed in period Moravian attire with stops at several landmarks including the 1741 Gemeinhaus and the Bethlehem Waterworks. Visitor Center, 505 Main St., Bethlehem. 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through Jan. 10. 800-360-8687 or historicbethlehem.org.
Gift Card Bingo, sponsored by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Caldwell Consistory, 150 Market St., Bloomsburg. Dec. 2 with doors at 4 p.m. and games at 6 p.m. with tours of TreeFest from 4 to 6 p.m. $20 for 20 games plus specials. 570-784-5530.
Color Me Calm, a relaxing evening of coloring to unwind and relieve stress. Materials provided or bring your own. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Adults only. Registration: 570-474-9313.
Get a Big Bang Out of Genesis, the annual Fortinsky Lecture by world-renowned scientist Herman Presby who specializes in photonics. Ohav Zedek Synagogue, 242 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. Dec. 2. Free. 570-825-6619.
Arts and Music Celebration, with works by local artists along with music by the Wyoming Valley Barbershop Harmony Chorus and the Dallas High School Music Department. Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgway Drive, Dallas. Noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 3. Free. 570-675-1866.
Traveling with Ancient Friends: A Guided Tour of Greece for Gods and Non-Gods Alike, an illustrated lecture on Greek culture and mythology by Athenian native Mara Kanari. Evans Hall, Hibbard Campus Center, Keystone College, La Plume. 12:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Free. 570-945-8170.
Bethlehem by Night. Tour the Christmas City on a guided bus tour or a horse-drawn carriage ride. Visitor Center, 505 Main St., Bethlehem. With bus tours at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 27; carriage rides 3 to 9 p.m. Fridays through Sundays through Dec. 31. 800-360-8687 or historicbethlehem.org.
Holiday Open House Party, the 12th annual event with wine, hors d’oeuvres and desserts along with free gift bags for the first 100 guests. Woodhouse Day Spa, 387 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 3. Free. Reservations: 570-763-0063.
Strategizing Scranton’s Recovery, a talk by Henry Amoroso, budget consultant to the City of Scranton. Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall, 320 Madison Ave., University of Scranton. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Free but reservations required: 570-941-6206.
Open Skate, a one-day-only public ice-skating session on the hockey rink of the Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3. Admission is a new, unwrapped toy or a $5 contribution to the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program. Bring your own skates. 570-970-7600.
A Perfect Pairing, a showing of classic movie clips with samplings of the cocktail featured in the scene including White Russians from “The Big Lebowski” and the French 75 from “Casablanca.” Everhart Museum, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Age 21 and older. $25. Reservations: 570-346-7186, ext. 516.
Relay for Life Kickoff Event, a luau-themed event to disburse information on the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and sign up teams for the overnight June relay event. Shavertown Volunteer Fire Company, 172 N. Main St. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3. 570-562-9749.
Wreath Making with Abby Peck, the annual workshop using the area’s native greens. No experience required. Workshop participants may bring greens, berries, pine cones, garden gloves, pruning shears and wire hangers. Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4. $2. 570-586-8191.
Take the Train! A screening of “Murder on the Orient Express” (1974), starring Albert Finney and Lauren Bacall. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Dec. 4. Free with light refreshments. 570-823-0156.
Olde Time Christmas, with tours of the historic Asa Packer mansion, live nativity, train rides with Santa, historic district ghost walks, gingerbread-house contest, scavenger hunt, concerts by the Bach and Handel Chorale, a display of 500 creches, Santa’s Workshop, strolling carolers, musicians and more. Downtown Jim Thorpe. 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 4 with a tree-lighting ceremony; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5-6 and 12-13. 570-325-8485.
Christmas in Our Hometown, with horse-drawn wagon rides, trolley rides, ice sculptures, Santa and Mrs. Claus, strolling carolers and musicians, “Living Window” entertainment, Living Nativity, model-train displays, hot chocolate and cider, a Cookie Walk, Gingerbread House Display, free showings of “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas,” a holiday workshop, tree lighting each night and more. Downtown Tunkhannock and the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St. 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 5. 570-996-1500 or 570-687-1584.
No Room at the Inn, a display of more than 400 nativity scenes including handcrafted creches, family heirlooms and collectibles from around the world. Also: a holiday shop, cafe and silent auction. Forty Fort Presbyterian Church, 1224 Wyoming Ave. 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4; 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5; noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 6. Free. 570-287-7097.
Wine Making and Tasting. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4. $15; $25 per couple. 570-693-1364.
Christmas in the Barns. Visit with the farm animals, enjoy treats and sweets, take photos and visit with Santa. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5. Free but tickets required. 570-696-2881.
Treefest, the annual fundraiser for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble with more than 130 decorated live trees, seasonal musicians, choirs and dance groups, artisans market, a gingerbread house contest and Chinese auction. Market Square, Bloomsburg. Through Dec. 6 with hours 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. $6. 570-784-8181 or bte.org.
Holiday Cocktail Party, a fundraiser to benefit Brandon’s Forever Home, an organization dedicated to finding permanent homes for foster children. With hors d’oeuvres, small plates, silent auction and entertainment. 187 N. Church St., Hazleton. 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4. $60. Reservations: 570-926-5117 or [email protected].
Holiday Train Ride, a round-trip excursion from Scranton to Moscow to tour the restored passenger station and freight house. Also: photo ops with the train crew and Santa, and a small gift. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 5. $23; $17 children. Reservations: 888-718-4253.
Christmas in a Small Town, the annual Santa Train stopping at stations in Lackawanna County to greet children and pose for photos. Also: refreshments, live entertainment and special activities. Dec. 5 with stops 10:30 a.m. in Carbondale, 11:35 a.m. in Archbald, 12:20 p.m. in Jessup, 1 p.m. in Olyphant, 1:45 p.m. in Dickson City and 2:45 p.m. at Steamtown National Historic Site, off Lackawanna Avenue in downtown Scranton. Free. 570-963-6730.
Holiday Workshop, a morning of cookie decorating, holiday crafts, singing and creations by the Balloon Lady. For all ages. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Free. 570-996-1500.
National Lionel Train Day, with operating layouts, Lionel conductor hats, temporary tattoos, Lionel representatives on site and a commemorative National Lionel Train Day boxcar available for pre-order on this day only. Gryzboski’s Train Store, 200 Glenmaura National Blvd., Moosic. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 5. 570-451-1700.
An Eckley Christmas, with craft-making, a 1940s living history display, “Letters from the Front” at the Nicholas House, cookies and cocoa in the Sharpe House, a decorated tree auction, German Christmas songs, an Irish Christmas concert in the Catholic Church (Saturday), caroling and a visit from St. Nicholas. Eckley Miners Village, Buck Mountain Road. Noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6. $7. 570-636-2070.
Model Railroad Open House, an HO-scale, 2000-square-foot layout modeling many northeast railroads from various eras. Hudson Model Railroad Club, 97 Martin St., Hudson. Noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 5, 12, 19-20, 26-27; Jan. 2-3. Free but donations accepted.
Model Railroad Open House, with HO model railroading and miniature replicas of local landmarks including the Asa Packer Mansion, Eckley Miners Village, Bethlehem Steelworks, Hazleton’s Blue Comet Diner and more. Anthracite Model Railroad Society, 1056 Hanover Court, Hazle Township. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 3. 570-459-6395.
An Afternoon of Colonial Hospitality, the annual 18th-century Christmas program at the historic Nathan Denison House, 35 Denison St., Forty Fort. 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6. $5, $3 children. 570-855-2737.
Old-Time Christmas, the 25th annual holiday tour showcasing Christmas customs of the past on the 19th-century farm. With a bonfire, costumed guides, a Victorian skit, a Christmas Putz, living Nativity, a 1700s German Christmas tale, one-room schoolhouse and the Belschnikel along with refreshments. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Road, Stroudsburg. 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5-6 and 12-13 with tours every 15 minutes. $10, $5 children. 570-992-6161.
Gingerbread House Display, holiday creations by the Pastry Arts Club. Opens Dec. 5 with a reception 5 to 8 p.m. at the Joseph A. Paglianite Culinary Institute, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Through Dec. 16 with hours 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Free. 570-740-0732.
Community Contra Dance, with music by fiddler Henry Jankiewicz, keyboardist John Wobus and Curt Osgood on hammered dulcimer. No partner or previous experience necessary. Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market St., Kingston. Dec. 5 with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. and dancing at 7 p.m. Pay what you wish. 570-333-4007.
Whistle Stop Train Show, the 36th annual event with over 115 tables of new and used Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, Ives, H-O, N-Scale and LGB model trains along with railroad antiques, books, Matchbox cars and parts. Buy, sell or trade. Woodward Fire Hall, Route 220, Williamsport. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6. $3. 570-326-4280.
Monthly Bingo, sponsored by St. Faustina Kowalska Parish. St. Mary’s School, 1010 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. Dec. 6 with doors open at 12:30 p.m. and games at 1:45 p.m. Bingo continues on the first Sunday of the month through June 5. 570-735-4833.
Designer Bingo, with handbags, jewelry and gift cards among the prizes. Sponsored by Lackawanna College at Angeli Hall, 501 Vine St., Scranton. 1 p.m. Dec. 6. $20 for 20 games. 570-955-1479.
Mayrutz Run, the annual Running of the Torch from B’nai B’rith in Kingston and Temple Israel in Wilkes-Barre to the Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre, to light the first candle of the outdoor Menorah, signaling the beginning of Chanukah, the Feast of Lights. Followed by Bubbie’s Chanukah Dinner with music and games. ($14, $12 seniors). Dec. 6 with run at 5 p.m., lighting at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Open to the public. Reservations: 570-824-4646.
Christmas at Grey Towers, guided tours of all three floors of the 1886 historic mansion, decorated for the holidays. Grey Towers National Historic Landmark, 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Milford. 1 and 3 p.m. Dec. 7 to 19. $8. 570-296-9630.
Chanukah on Ice, with ice skating, menorah lighting, Chanukah crafts, DJ and pizza. Coal Street Ice Rink, 38 Coal St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7. $9 includes skate rental. 570-590-9763.
Classic Movie Series, a free showing of “Home Alone” (1990) with Macaulay Culkin as a boy who is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for a Christmas vacation. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9. 570-996-1500.
Wine Glass Painting, a class courtesy of Mountain Top Gift Gallery with glasses, paint and aprons provided. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. 6 p.m. Dec. 9. $20 for two glasses. Registration: 570-474-9313.
International Dinner Club, a holiday meal consisting of a French onion tart, whiskey-glazed stuffed pork tenderloin, vegetables and a red-wine-poached pear served on gingerbread pound cake. St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 320 Mifflin Ave., Scranton. With seatings at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10. $20. Reservations: 570-343-5151.
Take the Train! A screening of “The Lady Vanishes” (1938). Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Dec. 11. Free with light refreshments. 570-823-0156.
Holiday Open House, an old-fashioned celebration with traditional Christmas decorations, wassail and sweet treats, stories, games and music. Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. 7 p.m. Dec. 11. 570-344-3841.
Holiday Film Festival, screenings of “Frozen,” “The Muppets ‘A Christmas Carol’,” “A Christmas Carol” with George C. Scott and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. Noon to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Free. 570-586-8191.
Christmas Dinner Dance, the annual holiday event with music by Millennium. VFW, 403 Main St., Dupont. Dec. 12 with dinner buffet at 7:30 p.m. and dancing 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $30. Reservations: 570-654-9104.
Wine Tasting, with Pierluigi Giachi, a 13th-generation winemaker from Tuscany, Italy. St. Anthony Center, 28 Memorial St., Exeter. 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 13. $15 advance; $20 at the door. 570-885-5316.
It’s a Wonderful Life, free showings of the holiday classic starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 2, 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 15. 570-996-1500.
Coloring Club, for adults 18 and older. With Christmas-themed coloring pages, instrumenal music and festive treats. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St. 1 p.m. Dec. 18. 570-654-9565.
Take the Train! A screening of “Avalanche Express (1979) with Lee Marvin and Robert Shaw. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Dec. 18. Free with light refreshments. 570-823-0156.
First Night Scranton, the 16th annual alcohol-free celebration of art and culture with live music, dance, interactive performances, juggling, horse-drawn carriage rides, bingo, magicians, face painting and more in various venues in downtown Scranton. Capped by a spectacular fireworks display to ring in the New Year. 3 p.m. to midnight, Dec. 31. $10. Schedule at firstnightscranton.com.
Bash in the Ballroom, a free New Year’s Eve party with music by Parrotbeach, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band. Also: tropical drink specials and a complimentary champagne toast. Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31. 888-946-4672.
Wellness Through Mind-Body Integration. Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Free. 570-586-8191.
Harlem Globetrotters, the basketball tricksters on their 90th-anniversary world tour sporting their incredible ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, comedy and fan interaction. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 2 and 7 p.m. March 5. 800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com.
Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science, the television personality, author and Food Network star in a culinary variety show with comedy, music, puppets and “dangerous experiments” in the kitchen. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. April 21. $65.50, $55.50, $45.50. 570-826-1100.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, with extreme spectacles, fast-paced performances and exotic animals. Included: high-wire wizards, strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, contortionists, a high-flying human cannonball and a bungee aerial skydiving display. Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. April 28-29; 1 and 5 p.m. April 30; 1 p.m. May 1. 570-970-7600 or ticketmaster.com.