THIS WEEK: Dec. 9 to 15, 2015
Gingerbread House Display, holiday creations by the Pastry Arts Club. 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.
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.
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. through Dec. 19. $8. 570-296-9630.
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.
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.
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, vegetable sides 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.
The Myths That Stole Christmas, an insightful look at the evolution of Christmas by King’s College philosophy professor David Kyle Johnson who touches on the history of the holiday along with social, political and economic issues. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10. Registration: 570-654-9847.
All Wrapped Up, free gift wrapping with all paper and bows provided. White Haven United Methodist Church, 900 Buffalo St. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 11. Bring an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots. 570-427-4500.
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.
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.
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. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 12 and 13. 570-325-8485.
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. 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.
Hypnosis for Goals, Fun and Career, with Chris Halbohm of the Kingston-Keystone Hypnosis Institute and Weight Loss Center. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 1:30 p.m. Dec. 12. 570-693-1364.
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. 12-13 with tours every 15 minutes. $10, $5 children. 570-992-6161.
50/50 Bingo, with food and beverages. Noxen School and Community Center, School Street. 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 12. Pay per card. Proceeds benefit the Noxen-Monroe Sportsmen’s Club. 570-298-2052.
Western Dinner Dance, with line and couples dancing. Sponsored by the Anthracite Rose Western Dance Club at the Dupont Fire Hall, 308 Main St. 6 to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 12. $20. Reservations: 570-675-3343.
Christmas Party and Toy Collection, sponsored by the Tunkhannock Lions Club. Lake Winola Fire Company, Route 307. Dec. 12 with a social hour at 6 p.m. with appetizers (BYOB) followed by a chicken-and-biscuit dinner at 7 p.m. $10 plus an unwrapped toy donation. Reservations: 570-8361205.
Menorah Lighting in Public Square, with honored dignitaries, live music, latkes, doughnuts and hot drinks. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12. 570-824-4646.
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. SOLD OUT. 570-654-9104.
Paint with Rotary, a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Mountain Top with a holiday-themed painting project for adults and children. Refreshments served. Mountain Top Gift Gallery, 273 S. Main Road. 3 p.m. Dec. 13. $45 plus a toy donation. Reservations: 570-715-7752.
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.
The Hanging of the Greens, a decorating gathering with the telling of the story of Christmas, a concert by David Griffin and desserts. St. John’s Lutheran Church, 231 State St., Nanticoke. 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13. 570-735-8531.
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.
Paint Your Own Ornament, with coffee and tea provided. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 2 p.m. Dec. 16. $5. Registration: 570-654-9847.
Paint Your Own Ornament, with a glass of wine provided. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17. $5. Registration: 570-654-9847.
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.
Holiday Hoopla, with ornament making, holiday stories, hot chocolate and treats for both adults and children. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 1 p.m. Dec. 19. Registration: 570-654-9847.
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, $5 seniors. 570-499-6360. Schedule at firstnightscranton.com.
New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, the annual party with a dinner buffet and dance music by Millennium. VFW Post 4909 Home Association, 401-403 Main St., Dupont. 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Dec. 31. $40. Reservations: 570-654-9104.
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.
Mercy Street, a sneak preview of the premiere episode of PBS’ new six-part Civil War hospital drama. WVIA Public Media Studios, 100 WVIA Way, off Old Boston Road, Pittston. 3 p.m. Jan. 10. Free but reservations required. 570-602-1134.
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.