At Pocono Mountain Rentals, we believe in the power of creating cherished, lifelong holiday memories.  And what better way to do that than by spending the holidays in the Poconos? Join us on a festive journey filled with the warm glow of twinkling lights, the joyous sounds of carolers, and the aroma of freshly baked gingerbread wafting through the crisp mountain air. In this blog we’ll give you everything you need to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit, whether you’re mesmerized by dazzling light shows, enchanted by heartwarming holiday concerts, or indulging in holiday shopping experiences. Get ready to explore the best that the Poconos has to offer, ensuring that your holiday memories will sparkle brightly for years to come.

First up, experience a 2 mile holiday light show like no other, Joy Through the Grove (November 24- December 31, 2023).  You’ll see  endless lights and displays, and savor some tasty holiday treats like caramel corn, fudge, cotton candy and more. And don’t forget to stop by the  Christmas Village (November 24- December 23, 2023)! The kids can take pictures with Santa and Kozmo Klaus, visit the Gift Shop, enjoy s’mores around the fire pit and more!  Lastly, call to make your reservation for the Weekend Character Breakfast !  It’s an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet with Santa & the Knoebels Characters, plus a complimentary photo print is included with your group’s breakfast buffet purchase.  There are 3 available seating times on Saturday and Sunday:  9:00am, 10:15am & 11:30am.

Yenser’s Tree Farm is a great place to get in the holiday cheer.  They’re open November 18-19, 2023, then Open Daily beginning November 24, 2023- December 17, 2023.  Choose and cut your own tree, shop their wreaths and greenery, and on the weekends, enjoy some complimentary cookies and cocoa!

The Lehigh Valley Zoo’s Winter Light Spectacular  returns for its 10th consecutive year beginning Friday, November 10, 2023 on weekends and other select dates in November and December. Featuring over 1.2 million twinkling lights, magnificent holiday displays, Live performances every night by Anna, Elsa, Belle and Cinderella.  Visit Santa and grab a treat to enjoy around the many fire pits. Children and adults will cherish this holiday tradition.

Looking for a one-of-a-kind Holiday experience?  Take a trip on the rails!  The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway offers Santa Claus Special Trains and Winter Character trains. There is an ADA certified lift for trains running out of Jim Thorpe station. Well behaved dogs are welcome to ride the train free of charge. All trains have heated cars and restrooms on board. The Stourbridge Line also offers two Santa Christmas Tree Express routes,as well as a Pocono Winter Wonderland Express.  All trains have heated cars and restrooms on board.  

Christkindlmarkt, is a unique family-friendly event that celebrates the spirit of the season in Bethlehem, Pa. Twice recognized as one of the best holiday markets in the U.S. by Travel & Leisure, this heart-warming holiday event features collectibles and ornaments from Germany, tons of shopping from local artisans and merchants, delightful food and drinks, and more!  Opening November 17- 29, 2023 Friday through Sunday, then starting November 30, 2023- December 17, 2023 they will be open Thursday- Sunday.

A fun outdoor activity to plan this Holiday Season is ice skating. The Ice Rink at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, PA is open daily beginning November 21, 2023 to January 15, 2024!  Skating sessions are 75 minutes long. Skate rentals are available in sizes Toddler 9 to Adult 13 or you can bring your own.  So remember your scarf and mittens and have a fantastic time!


Still have room in your holiday calendar? Check out some of these highlights that are coming up:

Koziar’s Christmas Village 

Spruce Ridge Reindeer

Sleigh RidesHappy Trails Stables- Call ahead for availability

Santa Pictures – Friday, November 24, 2023- Sunday, December 17, 2023

Winter Wonderland – Friday, November 24, 2023 – Parade, Santa & Tree Lighting

Downtown Stroudsburg Christmas Tree Lighting – Friday, November 24, 2023 

Nick’s Lake House Christmas Craft/ Consultant Show – Saturday, November 25, 2023  

Rat Pack is Back Holiday ShowSaturday, November 25, 2023  

Breakfast with Santa – November 26- December 17, 2023 – OPEN to Public- Skytop Lodge

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – Thursday, November 30, 2023  

Jim Thorpe’s Olde Time Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – December 1, 2023 

Santa’s Arrival – Friday, December 1, 2023 at Camelback

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Presents: To The North Pole! – December 1, 2023 

Jim Thorpe’s Olde Time Christmas – Saturday, December 2, 2023- Sunday, December 17, 2023

Pete Caldera: A Frank Sinatra Holiday Show – Saturday, December 2, 2023 

Christmas with the Celts – Saturday, December 2, 2023 

 The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Presents: To The North Pole! –December 2, 2023 

Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet! – Monday, December 4, 2023  

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis – Wednesday, December 6, 2023 

Ryan Pelton – An Elvis Christmas Show December 6th, 7th & 8th, 2023   

Breakfast With Santa – Saturday, December 9, 2023 at PNC Field

Jessica Lynn Christmas Spectacular – Saturday, December 9, 2023 

Craig Thatcher & Friends Rockin’ Christmas – Saturday, December 9, 2023 

Rock This Town Orchestra Xmas Spectacular – Friday, December 15, 2023 

Breakfast with Santa at Pocono Mountain Harley Davidson – Saturday, December 16, 2023 

Chevy Chase Live: National Lampoon’s CHRISTMAS VACATION SCREENING AND Q&A – Sunday, December 17, 2023 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra – “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve – the Best of TSO & More” – Thursday, December 21, 2023 

PEEPSFEST® – December 30-31, 2023 – PEEPS® Chick drops at 5:30 pm BOTH days!  

New Year’s Eve Party with Hunkajunk – Sunday, December 31, 2023 

Pocono Premium Crossing Outlets

The Shoppes at American Candle 

The Shoppes at Castle Inn

We hope you’ve been inspired to make this holiday season truly special. The memories created here are not just moments in time; they are the stories you’ll cherish and share for a lifetime. If you’re ready to turn these dreams into reality, we invite you to explore our fantastic roster of vacation properties at Pocono Mountain Rentals, meticulously curated to ensure your stay is as magical as the moments you’ve experienced.