HOLIDAY GOOD STUFF

HOLIDAY GOOD-TopPicShoppers flock to the area for holiday browsing in these historic towns.  The sidewalks shine brightly, welcoming residents and visitors to explore and experience all they have to offer.  There are many unique boutiques and novelty shops along luminescent corners specializing in the perfect gift.

There are plenty of other holiday events, festivals, tree lightings, parades, holiday feasts, caroling and other seasonal activities.  So bundle up, gather friends and loved ones, and be sure to keep it local in our beautiful region this holiday season.

BETHANY

HOLIDAY GOOD-BethanyThe quaint village is three miles north of downtown Honesdale on Route 670.

  • Annual Christmas in the Village: This free event, held on December 2nd, features holiday open houses from 2 to 4 p.m. with seasonal food and beverages at the James Manning House, the Bethany Public Library, Bethany United Methodist Church, and the Mansion at Noble Lane. At the James Manning House, the Honesdale High School Chamber Choir will sing carols, and local author Will Wyckoff will be available for book signings. The Methodist Church will offer a bake sale and ornament making.

In addition, starting at 2 p.m. at the Bethany Public Library, Mrs. Claus will visit from the North Pole to help children write letters to Santa.  Tours of the library and historical society are from 2 to 4 p.m.  The library will hold a raffle for an antique quilt with the winning ticket drawn at 4 p.m.

Enjoy a tree lighting at 3:30 p.m. at the Bethany Village Senior Living Center and a tricky tray with drawings at 4 p.m.  Information for a self-guided walking tour to see Bethany’s historic architecture will also be available.

  • On Christmas Eve, luminaries will be lit along Bethany’s streets.

For more information about Christmas in the Village, call Janet at the James Manning House (570) 253-5573.

HOLIDAY GOOD-MilfordHONESDALE

There is plenty to do throughout December for people of all ages from holiday open houses to train rides.  Shop till you drop and then head to these businesses for festive fun.

  • The 26th Annual Holiday Open House at Highlights for Children: December 9th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., complete with treats, entertainment, storytelling, an art show, craft room, puppetry, and more.
  • 22nd Annual Ornament Hunt: December 9th at 10 a.m in Central Park. Children can “hunt” for ornaments for a chance to win prizes.
  • Holiday Craft Fair: December 9th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ladore Lodge, Ladore Pavilion and Carousel & Staff Lounge Building in Waymart. Enjoy handmade items, baked goods, maple products, homemade soaps, jewelry, refreshments, and more.
  • Holiday Artisans Market: On December 10th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cooperage, over 30 talented artisans from the Upper Delaware region will showcase unique, handmade gifts, live music. Hot lunch and snacks.
  • Annual Chorus and Band Holiday Concert: On December 19th at 7 p.m., the Honesdale High School Chorus and Band will perform holiday favorites in the high school auditorium on Terrace Street.
  • Luminaries on Main: On Christmas Eve, enjoy 300 luminaries lining historic Main Street.
  • Throughout the month, Santa Express train rides on the Stourbridge Line will be available. Kids will receive a present from Santa and candy cane. Call (570) 470-2697.

For more information about these and more December events, contact the Greater Honesdale Partnership at (570) 253-5492 or visit www.visithonesdalepa.com.