Looking to brighten your spirits this holiday season and spend some quality time with family and friends? NEPA is the place to accomplish that goal with festive holiday happenings scheduled throughout the region. Here’s just a sampling of what you can enjoy through the holidays.
Dazzling Light Shows
Nay Aug Park Holiday Light Spectacular
5 pm – 10 pm Through January 2
Nay Aug Park, Scranton
This annual drive-through event is a feast for the eyes featuring 100 light displays that start at the park entrance on Mulberry Street. The display is free and open to the public.
Festival of Lights at Stone Hedge Golf Course
Sunday – Thursday 5 pm – 9 pm
Friday – Saturday 5 pm – 10 pm
Runs through December 31 (closed Christmas Eve)
Stone Hedge Gold Club, Tunkhannock
This 2.5-mile light extravaganza has become a holiday tradition for many families. Enjoy refreshments and s’mores by the fire. Free photos with Santa are available Sunday through Wednesday nights. Tap for pricing, admission information, and details.
Joy through the Grove
Open nightly 5:30 pm – 9 pm
Runs through December 31 (Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)
Everyone’s favorite summertime park lights up the holiday night with a drive-through Christmas light display. The display begins near the Impulse roller coaster and travels down the park’s main boulevard throughout the campground. Visit Knoebels Christmas Village while you are there. Tap for pricing, admission information, and details.
Light the Night at Sugarloaf Golf Club
Thursday – Sunday 5 pm – 10 pm (Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)
Sugarloaf Golf Club, Sugarloaf
This magical holiday walk-through light display will appeal to visitors of all ages. Enjoy refreshments, snacks, and Christmas carols. Tap for pricing, admission information, and details.
Trees Aplenty & Holiday Markets
Festival of Trees
December 2 – January 7
Courthouse Square, Scranton
The Festival of Trees is an annual display of 25 live trees decorated by a variety of community organizations to raise funds for Toys for Tots.
Downtown Hazleton Holiday Celebration
Hazleton City Hall Block
4 pm – 9 pm – Vendor market, food trucks & Hazleton Library free craft.
5 pm – 6:15 pm – City Hall tree lighting and a visit from Santa Clause.
Enjoy carolers, dancers, crafts, food vendors, the annual tree lighting, and a visit with Santa & Mrs. Clause. Plus, a night of musical performances at Christ Lutheran Church in Hazleton after the tree lighting.
Ho Ho Ho Holidays Spent with Santa
Santa on the Square
December 10 – 12 pm to 2 pm
Public Square, Wilkes-Barre
Children will enjoy free photos with Santa courtesy of the City of Wilkes-Barre. Refreshments will also be available.
North Pole Limited Train Rides
December 10, 11, 17 & 18
Departs from Steamtown National Historic Site for a magical hour-long trip with Santa through the Scranton Yards and Nay Aug Park. Tap for times, pricing, and details.
Santa & his Elf at Edward’s Garden Center
Weekends through December 18 – 11 am – 3 pm
Edward’s Garden Center, River St., Forty Fort
Bring the entire family to view the outdoor railroad display and the “Home of Gnomes,” and enjoy a visit with Santa.
Holiday Movie Series
West Pittston Library
December 3, 10, and 17 at 12 pm
Spend a Saturday afternoon with your friends at the West Pittston Library for a holiday movie and light refreshments. Tap for details. Movies will be announced on the library’s Facebook page.
Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Holiday Show
December 9 at 7 pm – Scranton Cultural Center, Scranton
December 10 at 7 pm – F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre
Ring in the holidays in style with a Philharmonic concert featuring the Ballet Theater of Scranton, the Choral Society of NEPA, and the Bloomsburg University Concert Choir. Tap for ticket pricing and other information.
We hope you enjoy our listing of NEPA Holiday Events. The team at Choice One Community Credit Union wishes you a magical holiday season.