1. Regional light displays
Feel merry and bright all over Northeast Pennsylvania by visiting holiday light displays in the region.
The annual Festival of Lights at StoneHedge Golf Course, 55 Stonehedge Drive, Tunkhannock Twp., runs Mondays through Thursdays, 5 to 10 p.m., and Fridays through Sundays, 5 to 11 p.m. The drive-through display includes dozens of scenes lit by more than 2 million LED bulbs and is open until Friday, Dec. 29, excluding Dec. 24. Admission is $25 per car. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
In Lackawanna County, head to Nay Aug Park, 500 Arthur Ave., Scranton, for its annual holiday light show, comprised of 164 pieces. Officially, the light show is open from 5 to 9 p.m. each night through the holidays, but around Christmas, the display stays open until cars stop arriving.
Guests can check out the scenes that begin at the park entrance at Mulberry Street and Arthur Avenue and stretch past the treehouse, former zoo, playground and pool before cars exit onto Olive Street. Admission is free, and donations are accepted.
2. Milford Guys Night Out
The inaugural Guys Night Out in Milford takes place Thursday, Dec. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the borough’s downtown.
At the event, based on the successful women’s version that downtown business owners started, men can do their last-minute gift shopping with exclusive deals, discounts and giveaways at local shops such as Ambience Fine Furniture & Gifts, 200 E. Harford St.; Milford Craft Show, 120 E. Harford St.; and Silver Star Jewelry Gallery, 315 Broad St.
They also can enjoy drink and dinner specials, complimentary finger foods, beer and live music at restaurants and bars including Hotel Fauchere, 401 Broad St.; Waterwheel Cafe, Bakery & Bar, 150 Water St.; and Laurel Villa Country Inn, 210 Second St.
The event is free, and registration is not required. For more information, visit the Guys Night Out Milford Facebook page.
3. Act Out Theatre Holiday Cabaret
Celebrate the season with Act Out Theatre Group as it presents its annual Holiday Cabaret from Thursday, Dec. 21, through Saturday, Dec. 23, all at 7 p.m.
Performances, which take place at 408 N. Main St., Taylor, will include classic holiday tunes and some surprises. Audience members will hear popular songs, such as “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and more traditional selections, such as“Silent Night,” performed by 38 actors and singers who range in age from 6 through adults.
Act Out Theatre puts on dozens of shows per year, from musicals to plays, including “Young Frankenstein,” “Into the Woods” and “Columbinus.”
Tickets for Holiday Cabaret are $15 for general admission and $5 for children 3 and younger. To reserve tickets or for more information, call 717-504-0829 or email email@example.com.
4. Children’s Christmas events
Get ready for the arrival of Santa Claus with children’s Christmas events around the region.
Learn an unforgettable holiday story during a reading of “Santa’s Magic Key” on Saturday, Dec. 23, at 11 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 421 Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Twp. The story, written by William H. Wallace, centers on a young boy who realizes on Christmas Eve that his new house does not have a chimney. Without a way to get in touch with Santa, the boy feels hopeless until he finds a mysterious key. Story time is free, and themed activities will follow.
Then, on Friday, Dec. 22, Jermyn Recreation Committee hosts a Christmas party for children 12 and younger from 6 to 8 p.m. at the borough building, 440 Jefferson Ave. The free event includes screenings of holiday films, a Christmas pinata and an appearance by Santa. For more information, visit the events’ pages on Facebook.
5. ‘The Longest Winter’ Christmas sing-along
The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main St., Honesdale, presents a Christmas sing-along, “The Longest Winter,” with folk musicians Robinson & Rohe on Friday, Dec. 22. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30.
The duo brings its folk-roots sound to liven up the typical Christmas repertoire, including American and European folk carols and unique takes on holiday tunes.
Comprised of songwriters Jean Rohe, an award-winning songwriter and bandleader, and Liam Robinson, who’s worked on honored Broadway productions, Robinson & Rohe released its debut record, “Hunger,” this past summer.
Tickets for “The Longest Winter” are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For reservations, call 570-253-2020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit thecooperageproject.org for details.