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THIS WEEK: DEC. 4 to 10, 2009

A Longwood Gardens Christmas, the annual holiday show of spectacular floral displays and elegantly decorated trees along with holiday concerts, 500,000 outdoor lights, dancing fountains, ice skating under the stars, icicles fashioned from lights, treehouses bedecked for the season, natural edible ornaments and more. Longwood Gardens, Route 1, Kennett Square. Through Jan. 10, with daily hours 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Timed tickets only at $16, $14 seniors, $6 students. 610-388-1000 or longwoodgardens.org.

Pennsylvania Christmas and Gift Show, one of the largest holiday shows in the country with more than 500 specialty shops including arts and crafts, holiday treats, fine decorations, jewelry, clothing, furniture, dolls, toys, art, household accents and more. Also: decorated trees, music and dance, model-train displays and Santa visits. Farm Show Complex, North Cameron and Maclay streets, Harrisburg. Today, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $7, $5 seniors. 717-233-5100 or pachristmasshow.com.

Bethlehem Christkindlmarkt, the traditional German outdoor Christmas marketplace with aisles of handmade works by national artisans, live Christmas music, German-themed food, visits from St. Nicholas along with ice-carving and flame-working demonstrations, ornament making from molten glass and a 26-foot-high Christkindlmarkt Tree. Downtown Bethlehem. Through Dec. 20, Thursdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $8. 610-332-1340 or christmascity.org.

Parade of Trees, the 14th annual event with dozens of festive trees sponsored by businesses in support of local charities. Vote for your favorite by making a donation. Grotto Pizza, Route 415, Harveys Lake. Through Jan. 1, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. 639-3278.

No Room at the Inn, the sixth annual display of more than 300 collectible Nativity art illuminated by candlelight including sets by Boyd’s Bear, Thomas Kinkade and Lenox along with gingerbread and chocolate creations. Huntsville Christian Church, 1160 Church Road, Dallas. Tonight and Saturday, 4 to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. $5, $2 students. Proceeds benefit the Kirby Family House for Homeless Families. 675-0611.

A Magical Fireside Christmas, a Yuletide celebration open to the public with horse-drawn wagon rides, live animals, a Magical Train Ride, an open hearth for s’more making, ornament making, cookie decorating, storytelling, Christmas lights and finery, holiday music and an Old World Santa offering family photos. The Inn at Pocono Manor, off Route 940 in Pocono Manor. Through Dec. 27 on Fridays, 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission with $1 per activity. 243-4006.

Christmas Candylane. The magic of the holidays comes to Hersheypark with a million twinkling lights, 30 holiday-themed rides for all ages, festive decorations, strolling musicians, Santa and his live reindeer, village shops and the Music Box Christmas Show. Hersheypark, West Chocolate Avenue and University Drive, Hershey. Tonight, 5 to 10; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.; Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31. $10.95. 717-534-3090.

Treefest, the annual fundraiser for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble with hundreds of creatively trimmed trees, choirs, dance groups, local musicians, artisan booths and a gingerbread-house contest. Caldwell Consistory, Market Square, Bloomsburg. Tonight, 5 to 9; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. $4. 784-5530.

Holiday Lights Spectacular. Drive or walk through the park full of 250 light sculptures celebrating the Christmas season. Nay Aug Park, Mulberry Street, Scranton. Through Jan. 8, 5 to 9 p.m. 348-4186.

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, a screening of the Jim Henson Christmas movie about a poor otter family who risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize in a talent contest. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Tonight at 5:30 and 7. Free. 996-1500.

Christmas Village, a dazzling valley set aglow with more than a half-million lights adorning buildings, gift barns and the landscape along with a hand-crafted outdoor train display, Santa’s Toy Shoppe, Nativity Scene, Christmas in Other Lands and an old-fashioned bakery shop. Koziar’s Christmas Village, 782 Christmas Village Road, Bernville. Through Jan. 3, Monday through Friday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. $8, $7 seniors, $6 children. 610-488-1110.

Tree Lighting Holiday Party, with horse-drawn sleigh rides, carolers, eggnog and light refreshments. Mount Airy Casino Resort, 44 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. Tonight at 7. Free. 877-682-4791.

Pine-Cone Wreath Making, with Gerry Janus of Vileniki Herb Farm. All supplies provided. Lackawanna College Environmental Institute, Moffat Estate, Route 435, Covington Township. Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. $10. Registration: 842-1506.

Olde Time Christmas Celebration, the 28th annual festivities with the town bedecked in holiday attire. Begins tonight at 6 in Josiah White Park with a tree lighting, live nativity, carols by Beyond Bach, Santa photos, mitten tree, Christmas characters and free hot chocolate and cookies. Continues Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with tours of the historic Asa Packer Mansion, Ghost Walks, strolling Victorian carolers, model-train display, Mug Walk, horse-drawn trolley rides, train rides with Santa, a Christmas Cookie Scavenger Hunt and decorated merchant windows. Downtown Jim Thorpe. 325-5810 or jimthorpe.org.

Historic Homes Holiday Walk, a self-guided tour of historic homes and churches in Bloomsburg along with choir music and refreshments. Tour begins at the Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary School, 500 Market St., Bloomsburg. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $12 advance, $15 day of event. 784-7885.

Holiday Workshop, a morning of cookie decorating, holiday crafts, singing and creations by the Balloon Lady. For all ages. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. 996-1500.

Winter Open House at the Hudson Model Railroad Club. Included: a 2000-square-foot layout representing Northeastern Pennsylvania with both steam and diesel eras portrayed. Martin and Gibson streets, Hudson section of Plains. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. through Jan. 2 Also open Dec. 27 and Jan. 3, noon to 5 p.m. Free. 287-4372.

An Afternoon of Colonial Hospitality, tours of the historic 1790 Nathan Denison House by Colonial-garbed guides who give a glimpse into the entertainment, holiday decorations, music and games of the past. Denison House, 32 Denison St., Forty Fort. Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. $4, $2 children. 288-5531.

Christmas Tea, the annual festive event with themed Christmas trees, a room honoring the French heritage of the area and a school-themed room with an antique lunch-box collection, and writing memorabilia along with a model railroad exhibit and homemade cookies, cider and tea. The Oldest House, East Main Street in Laceyville. Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Free but donations accepted. 869-2706.

Old-Time Christmas, a holiday guided tour of an 18th-century Pennsylvania-Dutch historical farm by lantern light with farm animals, carolers, a Christmas Putz, a living Nativity scene, storytelling, the Belschnikel and refreshments. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 1000 Turkey Hill Road, Stroudsburg. Saturdays and Sundays from 3:30 to 7 p.m. $10, $5 children. 992-6161 or quietvalley.org.

Model Railroad Open House at the Anthracite Model Railroad Club, 1057 Peace St., Hazleton. With detailed scenes of Jim Thorpe, Eckley Miners Village, the Jeddo Breaker, the city of Hazleton and other communities. Tonight, 6 to 8; Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Continues weekends through Jan. 3. 459-1804 or amrsclub.org.

New England Contra Dance, with music by Curt Osgood (dulcimer), Hope Grietzer (fiddle) and Tom Hodgson (guitar). Church of Christ Uniting, 190 S. Sprague Ave., Kingston. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. No partner or previous experience necessary. $9. 333-4007.

Eighties Night. Play eighties trivia, listen to favorite eighties songs played by local band M-80 and wear your hottest eighties outfit (optional) and big hair to win a prize. Presented by the Renaissance Group at the Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Saturday, 8 to midnight. $10 includes a complimentary drink and noshes. Over 21. 824-4646.

Whistlestop Train Show. All aboard for the 40th anniversary show with model railroad layouts, more than 100 vendors offering new and used Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, Ives, H-O, LGB along with railroad antiques, books, Matchbox cars and parts. Woodward Fire Hall, Route 220, Williamsport. Sunday, 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. $3. 326-4280.

Victorian Tea, the 14th annual event sponsored by the Laporte Women’s Club. With gift vendors, Chinese auction, prizes and seasonal entertainment by the Dushore Music Club. Eagles Mere Country Club, 1 Country Club Road, Eagles Mere. Sunday at noon. $20. 482-2390.

An Afternoon for Women, with lunch followed by a program on key women of the scriptures. St. Jude’s School, 422 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. Sunday at 12:15 p.m. Free will offering. Reservations: 474-6315.

St. Joseph’s Bingo, with cash prizes, door prizes and refreshments. St. Joseph’s Church, 107 E. Noble St., Nanticoke. Sunday with doors at 12:30 p.m. and games at 1:45 p.m. 735-0331.

Holiday Open House, a tour of the historic Williams House at Manor Woods Court in Paupack which is being restored by the Wallenpaupack Historical Society. Meet at the Wallenpaupack Environmental Education Center, Route 6, Hawley. Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m. Free.

A Night in Bethlehem. Step back in time and mingle with Roman soldiers, census takers, beggars, tax collectors and shepherds on the night Jesus was born. Also: hands-on activities for all ages. Church of Christ Uniting, 190 S. Sprague Ave., Kingston. Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. 288-8434.

Polka Sunday, with music by Stanky & the Coalminers. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909, 403 Main St., Dupont. Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m. $12. 654-9104 or 655-0760.

The Christmas Miracle, a presentation about a lonely woodcarver who experiences a miracle when neighbors come to call. With woodcarver Don Myer and reader Gert Myer. Followed by an Advent Potluck Supper. First Presbyterian Church, 300 School St., Clarks Summit. Sunday, 4 to 6:30 p.m. 586-6306.

Las Vegas at the Sapphire Salon, a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network. With a fashion show, an Elvis impersonator, a magician, Vegas-inspired games and a dessert bar. Also: discounts on salon services and gifts for all ages. Sapphire Salon, 247-249 S. Main St., Pittston. Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m. 602-7700.

Festival of Trees. Opens tonight with a reception 6 to 8. Continues through Dec. 31 at the Educational Conference Center, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Open Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed during school break Dec. 24 to Jan. 3. 740-0732.

Mifflinburg Christkindlmarket, an authentic German-style Christmas Market lined with festive outdoor huts offering unique handmade crafts and traditional Christkindl treats. Begins with an opening procession led by St. Nicholas on his white horse. Also: concerts, marionette shows, Children’s Lantern Parade and German bands. Downtown Mifflinburg. Opens Thursday, 4:30 to 9 p.m. Continues Dec. 11-12, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. 888-666-0877.

Swetland Homestead Candlelight Tours, with costumed re-enactors depicting Christmas Past circa 1810 to 1863 on two floors of the historic house at 885 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. Tours continue Dec. 11, 6 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 12, 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 13, 1 to 5 p.m. $4, $2 children. Refreshments served. 693-2740.

Music and Stories of the Civil War, bluegrass and gospel music related to pre- and post-Civil War eras as well as slave songs with stories intertwined with the music. Performed by Joe and Lorraine Feola and presented by the Civil War Round Table. Daddow-Isaacs American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas. Thursday at 7 p.m. 675-1783.


Hawley Winterfest, the annual pre-holiday winter celebration with a weekend of activities including ice carving, gingerbread decorating, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday lights, a train ride to Honesdale, art exhibits, choral concerts, historic house tour, Cookie Walk and Victorian Luncheon, arts and crafts fair, portraits with Santa, jazz concerts, the “Holiday Hi-Jinx” show at the Ritz Theater (free) and “The Road to Bethlehem” live nativity. Downtown Hawley. Dec. 11, noon to 9 p.m.; Dec. 12, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Dec. 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Schedule at hawleywinterfest.com.

Winter Wonderland Experience. Stroll through the lighted window displays of Carbondale’s downtown and vote for your favorite. Also: carolers and a holiday art exhibit and reception at the Main Street Gallery. Dec. 11, 5 to 7 p.m. 282-1690.

The Gift, the annual outdoor Nativity production with live animals and creative sets and costumes. Back Mountain Harvest Assembly, 340 Carverton Road, Trucksville. Dec. 11-12 at 6 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. Free. 696-1128.

Polka Friday, with music by Tony’s Polka Magic. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909, 403 Main St., Dupont. Dec. 11, 7 to 11 p.m. $12. 654-9104 or 655-0760.

Create a Christmas Stocking, a craft session for all ages. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Dec. 12, noon to 2 p.m. Free. 693-1364.

Victorian Night, an old-fashioned holiday celebration in downtown Berwick with strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides, live animals, children’s crafts, free refreshments and photos with Santa. Dec. 12, 5 to 9 p.m. 752-3601.

Christmas Bingo, with Christmas gift and cash prizes, a Chinese auction and Christmas bake sale. Sacred Heart Church Hall, 529 Stephenson St., Duryea. Dec. 12 with doors at 5 p.m. and games at 6:15 p.m. 457-2253.

Christmas Party, with a full dinner menu and music by the Poets, Kaelyn Marie and DJ Joe Kruz (“The Big Kahuna”). St. Maria Goretti Banquet Room, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin. Dec. 12 with doors at 6 p.m. Advance tickets only at $35. BYOB. 457-7665.

The Country Inns of Our Mountain Villages, a self-guided tour of holiday open houses at nine Pocono-area inns along with the Cresco Railroad Station and Museum, the Canadensis Moravian Church, the LaAnna United Methodist Church and the Coolbaugh Historical Association. Inns include the French Manor Inn and the Sterling Inn in South Sterling, Meadowbrook Inn in Tannersville, Woodfield Manor in Swiftwater, Brookview Manor and the Frogtown Inn in Canadensis, Naomi Village in Mountainhome, Skytop Lodge and Pocono Manor. Dec. 13, 1 to 5 p.m. $10 advance, $12 day of event. 894-4207.

A German Christmas, a celebration of Christmas customs from Germany with traditional carols, toy demonstrations, German folklore, photo opportunities with St. Nicholas and Ruprecht, holiday treats and more. Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum, McDade Park, off Keyser Avenue, Scranton. Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. $7. Reservations: 963-4804.

Polka Christmas Dance, with music by Eddie Derwin & the Polka Naturals. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909, 403 Main St., Dupont. Dec. 13, 2 to 6 p.m. $12. 654-9104 or 655-0760.

It’s a Wonderful Life, the heartwarming classic Christmas film starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Dec. 15 at 2 and 7 p.m. Free. 996-1500.

Long Winter Nights, a planetarium “sky show” of dramatic images of the heavens during the winter months. McMunn Planetarium, Hoeffner Science and Technology Center, East Stroudsburg University. Dec. 18 at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Reservations required. 422-3532 or on line at esu.edu/planetarium.

San Cataldo Christmas Party, the annual holiday event. San Cataldo Society Hall, 111 S. Main St., Pittston. Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. $14. 655-1551 or 451-1637.

Victorian Christmas Ball, with Civil War and Victorian dancing, food, refreshments and cash bar. Presented by Top Hats and Lace at The Hideout Lodge, Route 590, Lake Ariel. Dec. 19, 7:30 to 11 p.m. with an afternoon dance workshop from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. $17.50; $7.50 students. Costumes welcome. Reservations: 689-9835.

Polka Sunday, with music by Joe Lastovica & Polka Punch. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909, 403 Main St., Dupont. Dec. 20, 2 to 6 p.m. $12. 654-9104 or 655-0760.

Polka Sunday, with music by the Shoreliners. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909, 403 Main St., Dupont. Dec. 27, 2 to 6 p.m. $12. 654-9104 or 655-0760.

First Night Scranton, the area’s largest New Year’s Eve party with entertainment at various venues through the downtown area. Performers include the Zany Umbrella Circus, Groove Train, Bare Knuckles, the Odessa Klezmer Band, Joe Stanky & the Cadets, Hickory Project, Main Street Cruisers and more. Also: jugglers, the Zuppa del Giorno troupe, caricaturists, magicians, dancers and children’s activities. Dec. 31, 5 p.m. to midnight. $10, $12 after Dec. 25. Schedule at scrantonfirstnight.com.

First Night Hazleton. Ring in the New Year in downtown Hazleton with a variety of entertainment at various local venues. Included: horse-drawn carriage rides, ice sculptures, midnight fireworks, a life-sized version of the game “Candyland,” Art Walk, Hazard Caricatures, the Brain Show, Puzzling Magic and Comedy, Lillie Langtry tribute, children’s recording artist David Jack, Celtic group Irish Mist, the bluesy Christopher Dean Band, dance band There & Back Again, ventriloquist Helen Hammet, singer-songwriter Kenton Kovich, the Pennsylvania Theater of the Performing Arts and Trans-Siberian Orchestra tribute band Twelve Twenty Four. Dec. 31, 5 to midnight. 459-4947 or firstnighthazleton.com.

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, with music by the Swingtones and John Stevens DoubleShot along with an early evening dinner and a midnight buffet. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909, 403 Main St., Dupont. Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Reservations: 654-9104 or 655-0760.

New Year’s Eve Celebration, a kickoff to the 80th anniversary of the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. With dinner including hors d’oeuvres, desserts, continental breakfast and premium open bar along with dancing to the music of Picture Perfect. Dec. 31, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. $125. 344-1111.

Malanka, the sixth annual Ukrainian New Year dinner dance with American and Ukrainian cuisine, a cash bar and dancing to the music of the Fata Morgana Orchestra along with a midnight champagne toast. St. Vladimir Parish Center, 428 N. Seventh Ave., Scranton. Jan. 15, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. $40. 822-5354.

American Family Expo, with vendors offering services from child care to home improvement, crafts to health care along with live entertainment and children’s activities. Laurel Mall, Hazleton. Jan. 21 to 23, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Jan. 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 454-2100.

Northeastern Pennsylvania Home and Garden Show, the latest in products and services including building materials, decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage, plants and landscape displays, kitchenware and more. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. Jan. 22, 2 to 7 p.m.; Jan. 23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Jan. 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $6.50. 970-7600.

Early Bird Sports Expo, with outdoor services and equipment including boats, RVs, ATVs, outfitters, hunting and fishing gear, taxidermy artists, sportsmen’s groups and archery suppliers. Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, 620 W. Third St., Bloomsburg. Jan. 28, 4 to 9 p.m.; Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Jan. 30, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Jan. 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 594-0250.

Home Building and Remodeling Show, sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania. 109th Field Artillery Armory, 280 Market St., Wilkes-Barre. March 5, 4 to 9 p.m.; March 6, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; March 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission with the donation of a food item for the St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen. 287-3331.

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