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:
Sleigh Rides– Happy 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
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
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
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.Greg Petrillo