1. Living Christmas Village
Take a walk through Grace Bible Church’s Living Christmas Village on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Guests can check out the live nativity scene, games, kids’ games and crafts, and puppets and snack on some hot cocoa and cookies. The Dunmore High School Jazz Band and Choir, Penn State Worthington Scranton Jazz Band and Choir, Serenity Harpists and City Lights Church of Scranton will perform.
Admission is free. Visit gracebiblepa.com or the event’s Facebook page for more information.
2. Christmas in a Small Town
Santa Claus makes his annual trek through the Lackawanna Valley on Saturday, Dec. 2.
Christmas in a Small Town kicks off at the Carbondale Train Station, River Street, at 10:30 a.m. as Santa boards a special train provided by Steamtown National Historical Site. He’ll then arrive at Archbald Train Station, Pike Street, at 11:35; Jessup Train Station, Church Street, at 12:20 p.m.; Queen City Train Station, Lackawanna Avenue, Olyphant, at 1; Dickson City Train Station, Boulevard Avenue, at 1:45; and Steamtown, Scranton, at 3.
Children can get their picture taken and share their Christmas wishes with Santa at the stations. Valley View’s marching band will perform at the Archbald and Jessup stops.
Visit lhva.org or call 570-963-6730, ext. 8200, for more information.
3. Snow Forge
Come to downtown Old Forge on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., for the annual Snow Forge festivities. This year’s events include trolley rides with Mrs. Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides, a craft fair, Festival of Trees, pictures with Santa, a visit with Rudolph and the other reindeer, and the lighting of the Christmas tree on the lawn of the borough building. Main Street will shut down to public traffic during the event.
The Jingle Bell Jog, a 1.2-mile run that focuses on fun instead of speed, precedes the main event, stepping off at 11 a.m., and costs $20 in advance and $25 that day. Awards will be given to the top finishers and best costumed runner; all runners will receive a gift.
Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information.
4. Marriotts on Montage Mountain 2017 Winter Marketplace
Get ready for Christmas with the help of a special shopping event on Saturday, Dec. 2.
The Marriotts on Montage Mountain 2017 Winter Marketplace will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the hotels — SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites and Courtyard by Marriott — 19 Radcliffe Drive, Moosic. Items for sale include soap, jewelry, essential oils, clothing, food, wine and more. Shoppers will get 2000 Marriott Rewards points for spending $10 or more with vendors.
Visit the event’s Facebook page for more information and a complete list of vendors.
5. Christmas with Jennifer Nettles
Country music star Jennifer Nettles brings her Christmas tour to Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, Nov. 30, for a 7:30 p.m. show at F.M Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, 71 Public Square.
One of today’s most popular and admired country singers, Nettles has won multiple awards for her music, including Grammy, Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association awards for her hit song “Stay.” The lead singer of country duo Sugarland before her solo career, Nettles performed on Broadway in the musical “Chicago” in 2015 and released the album “To Celebrate Christmas” last year.
Tickets start at $39.50 and are available at the box office.