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.


HOLIDAY GOOD-MilfordThere 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.  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 12th from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 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


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.


Hawley#1-1Hawley is decked out in holiday splendor resembling a Victorian town.  Historic inns, bed and breakfasts, candy shops, novelty stores, a historic company playhouse, a yoga studio, boutiques, and antique shops line the streets, beckoning shoppers with the promise of warmth and wonder.

A must-see landmark is the historic Hawley Silk Mill, a large bluestone structure built in the 1800s.  Once an operating silk factory, the Mill is now open to the public featuring a community college, a fitness center, Art on the Edge, the Mill Market with locally sourced produce and other items for sale, art galleries, clothing boutiques, and more.  When visiting the Hawley Silk Mill, be sure to stop in the Cocoon Coffee House situated in front of the building for a steaming beverage and gourmet treats ranging from luscious quiches to mouth-watering muffins.

*19th Annual Hawley Winterfest: December 8-10th.   Get ready for winter and the upcoming holiday with an old-fashioned festival celebrating the pre-holiday season and Hawley’s historic roots.  The town twinkles with holiday cheer, and the cold, fluffy snow provides the perfect backdrop for cookie decorating, holiday theater, horse and carriage rides, author book signings, live musical entertainment, a living nativity, train rides, open houses, holiday feasts, arts and craft shows, historic house tours, a beer tour, and art exhibits.

*For more info, see the full length feature article in this issue and visit

*Holiday Pop-Up Restaurant: On December 8th in the Boiler Room within the Hawley Silk Mill, people can indulge in a special holiday dining experience.  Seatings are at 6 and 8 p.m.  Call for reservations. (570) 226-1337.


MilfordpicStroll along the streets and alleys and step into antique stores, unique restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, a historic theater, and specialty shops.  There are also historic architectural structures including Grey Towers, the former home of America’s first forester Gifford Pinchot; and The Columns Museum, where the Pike County Historical Society is with historical artifacts and memorabilia including the famous “Lincoln Flag.”  Both buildings are open to the public.

Other than its historical claims, Milford is considered a destination based on its shopping and dining alone with eateries satisfying every palette from authentic Vietnamese to gourmet French dishes.

*Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony: Milford resembles something out of a picture book as the entire downtown twinkles with lights and the big star on the cliff glows from a distance.  The free event is held December 2nd at 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Community House at the corner of Broad and Harford Streets.  In addition to the tree lighting, people can enjoy a visit from Santa, cookies, and cocoa.

*Craft Store Holiday Open House:  On December 8th, the Pike County Developmental Center hosts an open house from noon to 2 p.m.  Find hand-crafted gifts for all occasions.  Enjoy complimentary refreshments.  The center is at 107 West Ann Street.  For more details, call (570) 296-6319.

*Girls’ Night Out:  December 10th from 5 to 8 p.m., Milford Presents hosts another event with downtown businesses open featuring sales, refreshments, and fun. For more information, visit

* Holiday Tours at Grey Towers National Historic Site: Beginning December 4th through the 20th.  Guided tours of all three floors with each room beautifully decorated for the holidays are available at 1 and 3 p.m.

*Holiday Art Exhibit and Sale at Grey Towers: In addition to the tours, enjoy plein air paintings and a juried show of photographs, all depicting Grey Towers and the surrounding landscape.  For more information on Grey Towers, visit

*Winter Lights Festival/Celebrating the Arts: This 10th annual event takes place Saturday, January 20th and Sunday, the 21st 2018.  The festival celebrates the beauty of winter, as well as the opening of the ice rink in Ann Street Park for the season.  Some of the highlights include the anticipated Mac-n-Cheese and Chili contest at the Dimmick Inn from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by the featured performance, Merlin Awakens, on ice in the park from 2 to 2:45 p.m. This free ice show will feature skaters, actors, and puppetry.  During intermission, the winners of the Mac-n-Cheese and Chili contest will be announced.  Following the show, the rink will officially be open to the public for free skating and will remain open, weather permitting.  On Sunday, enjoy a repeat of the Merlin Awakens performance.  For additional information and updates, “like” the festival on Facebook.