The holidays are coming, and the Pocono Mountains is the perfect place to celebrate with family and friends. Located within easy driving distance of major metropolitan hubs like New York and Philadelphia, the Poconos is home to picturesque small towns, seasonal activities, exciting outdoor adventure, and a wide variety of renowned and relaxing accommodations. Treat yourself to a well-earned getaway to soak in the magic of the most wonderful time of the year in the Poconos.
Make your list and check it twice: Plan a festive day trip to do your gift shopping in our quaint downtowns, filled with one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques. The streets are hung with wreaths and lights and feel like something out of a movie. In fact, Stroudsburg was one of six towns throughout the country chosen by Netflix last year to be decked out with a twinkling light display. Tree lightings and winter festivals pop up on the Poconos event calendar during December. Listen to carols in the Victorian streets of Jim Thorpe during the town’s Olde Time Christmas weekends, or head to Hawley along the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack for Winterfest, with historic homes decorated for the season to tour and culinary delights to sample.
Restaurants throughout the region are serving up delicious meals and holiday specialties. Why not get out of the kitchen and order takeout from a hearty local brewpub, or book a reservation and bring the whole family out for a memorable meal? The Settlers Inn will host Candlelight Christmas Dinners Dec. 3 through 5, while the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort will spread a traditional buffet in the Worthington Ballroom on Dec. 25.
The kids will want to share their list with Santa, and Kris Kringle will be in the Poconos! Take a ride on the Santa Claus Special train excursion with Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway and be greeted by Father Christmas as your old-fashioned carriage winds along the Lehigh River. Climb aboard The Stourbridge Line operating out of Honesdale for the Santa Christmas Tree Express ― you’ll enjoy a visit with Santa, hot chocolate, plus a stop at a trackside Christmas tree farm to pick out your perfect tree.
Make this winter the time you finally learn to ski or snowboard. Prepare for the excitement of the 2022 Winter Olympics and hit the slopes. Dedicated local instructors are ready to get you gliding down the mountain and share with you their lifelong love of the sport. Six fantastic ski areas offer some of the best skiing and snowboarding terrain in Pennsylvania, with lessons and beginner trails ideal for getting started. Strap on your boots and give it a try at Big Boulder Ski Area and Jack Frost Mountain, Blue Mountain Resort, Camelback Mountain, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, or Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain.
When it’s time to relax and unwind from holiday stress, local resorts and hotels offer winter rejuvenation. From cozy cabins to charming bed and breakfasts to four diamond properties, you’ll find a retreat that’s just right for you. Start browsing special offers and planning your holiday getaway on PoconoMountains.com.