How to Have a Very Merry Christmas in the Poconos

Nothing will get you into the holiday spirit like a trip to the Poconos in December. Snow blankets the ground, there’s joy in the air, and everything seems to sparkle and shine. From dazzling light displays to strolling carolers, you’ll find the magic of Christmas everywhere you turn. Mark your calendar for the following festivities and get ready to have a very merry Christmas in the Poconos!

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How to Spend Christmas in the Poconos in 2017

Time spent together is one of the best gifts you can give your loved ones this holiday season. There are endless ways to create lasting memories when you celebrate Christmas in the Poconos. Here are a few of our favorite holiday events:

1. Jim Thorpe’s Olde Time Christmas

Jim Thorpe’s Olde Time Christmas is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season! Bring the whole family out for train rides with Santa, caroling, live entertainment and plenty of Christmas shopping. The highlight of the event is the annual tree lighting ceremony in Josiah White Park. You can experience the magic over three weekends: December 1-3, 9-10, and 16-17.  

2. Old Time Christmas Tours at Quiet Valley

Old Time Christmas Tours are a holiday tradition here in the Poconos. During the first two weekends in December, Quiet Valley offers guided lantern tours through the 19th-century farm. Enjoy a live barnyard Nativity scene, listen to the carolers, and learn about farm life in the 1820’s. Then, do your holiday shopping and warm up with hot cocoa and cookies at the gift shop. It’s the perfect way to celebrate Christmas in the Poconos!

3. Hawley Winterfest

No Christmas in the Poconos is complete without a visit to the annual Hawley Winterfest! This three-day event is great for a fun family outing or a casual date. Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride around town and then tour all of the decorated historic homes. You can also enjoy ice-carving, delicious seasonal food, hot cocoa, arts and crafts, and endless holiday entertainment. There is even a Beer Tour and an ugly Christmas sweater party! Most of the activities are free, and the festivities run from December 8th -10th.

4. Honesdale for the Holidays

One of the best things about Christmas is the shopping! If you still need to do your holiday shopping, head over to Historic Honesdale from November 24th – 25th. You can listen to great holiday music while you browse through a wide variety of shops. There is even a tree lighting and an annual Santa Parade!

Make it a Christmas to Remember at The French Manor

When it comes to the best lodging in the Poconos, no place compares to The French Manor Inn and Spa. Come experience the magic of Christmas in our enchanting stone chateau. We offer many holiday specials during this time of year, including the option to take home a Christmas tree or a festive wreath. We also throw one of the best New Year’s Eve parties in the Poconos!

The French Manor features 19 premium rooms, all complete with the very best amenities. Start off each morning with a delicious gourmet breakfast and then join us for a delicious dinner at our on-site restaurant. After a fun day out on the town, wind down with a relaxing massage or facial at our premium on-site spa.  Check our availability and book your stay. We look forward to seeing you this holiday season!