Looking to get away during the holidays? Dreaming of a romantic vacation by the fire or maybe an action packed Christmas vacation? If you are looking for a winter wonderland escape this holiday season, the Pocono Mountains are an exciting place to explore with family and friends.
If you are yearning for the Christmases of yesteryear filled with carolers, tree lighting ceremonies, and old fashioned Santa Clauses then there are two festivals in the first two weeks of December that you must check out. Jim Thorpe Olde Time Christmas Celebration December 6-8, and 14-15, 2013 http://www.jimthorpe.org/OTC.htm Located in charming Jim Thorpe, PA, in the heart of the Pocono Mountains is the Jim Thorpe Olde Time Christmas Celebration. This heart warming festival features a live nativity, train rides with Santa Claus, a Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tribute Concert, carriage rides, and even a ghost walk to name just a few of the many events featured at this celebration. Quiet Valley’s Annual Olde Time Christmas Celebration December 7-8, and 14-15, 2013 http://www.quietvalley.org/programs/specialevents/christmas/christmas.htm For a unique old fashioned Christmas experience, the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm is hosting its 23rd Annual Olde Time Christmas Celebration this December. Here you will be greeted by guides dressed in 1800’s attire who will take you on a journey back in time where you will experience the reenactment of an old fashioned Victorian Christmas complete with cookies and hot chocolate. Public tours begin every 15 minutes from 3pm-7pm. No reservations are needed for groups less than 12. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 3-12.
Wintry Wonderland Activities:
No winter vacation in the Pocono Mountains is complete without experiencing a few of the many snow activities and sports there are to offer here. Skiing Skiing here is perfect for families and beginners looking to hit the slopes for a lot of snow fun. The trails here aren’t meant for the expert skier, but the resorts here do offer hundreds of trails to choose from, breathtaking scenery, as well as group lessons, private lessons, ski rentals, and a whole lot of adventure. There are several ski areas within the Pocono Mountains area to choose from. A few of the top locations are Blue Mountain Ski Area (www.skibluemt.com), Camelback Mountain Resort (www.skicamelback.com), and Jack Frost Big Boulder (www.jfbb.com). Sleigh Riding Imagine a quiet evening under a warm blanket and twinkling stars as you take your own private sleigh ride through the wintry hills and forests of the mountains. Happy Trails Stables (www.happytrailsriding.com) offers sleigh rides during the winter months 7 days a week from 10-4 pm. Manor Sports at Pocono Manor (www.poconomanor.com/manor-sports-club) also offers sleigh rides, horseback riding in the snow, and carriage rides on over 3,000 acres of trails.
Finding the perfect place to rest your head at night or relax by the fireside after a day of skiing is perhaps the most important part of your trip. If you are looking for the perfect place to stay while visiting this winter then check out Sundance Vacations. We offer many different options for lodging in the Poconos, from condos to cabins and just about everything in between.
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