The annual winter celebration, Hawley Winterfest is back this December to help ring in the holiday season. This town favorite event will be on December 12th through the 14th and will include all the festive events that families have come to enjoy over the years. Hawley Winterfest began back in 1999 and this year the event will celebrate its 16th year. The events of Winterfest can best be summed up as a one-stop winter wonderland. Families are invited to spend the entire day enjoying holiday activities including horse-drawn carriage rides through the town, an arts and crafts show and plenty of food and fun.
Friday kicks off the weekend with plenty of activities throughout the day to keep you entertained. The Dime Bank invites guests to get in from the cold and warm up with hot chocolate or coffee and holiday cookies from 8:30am to 7:00pm. The Looking Glass Art Gallery will have an eclectic watercolor exhibit open from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The staff at B.Madigan Jewelry will be dressed in Victorian-era attire and there will be glass demonstrations every hour, holiday music and handmade jellies, all while you shop. Finish the evening with live music at The Boathouse Restaurant and at Ehrhardt’s Pub both starting at 9:00pm.
Saturday is packed from dawn to dusk and sure to keep you busy all day. From 10:00am to 3:00pm, take some time to enjoy the beautiful decorations of the town’s 19th century homes on the Hawley Holiday House Tour. This one day only event begins at Teeter’s Furniture on Main Avenue. Tickets are $20.00 per person and can be purchased day of. Kids will enjoy a show at the Community Theater and then head over to Penny Lane Candies and Candles for pictures with Santa. Children of all ages will enjoy an afternoon with Santa and then gingerbread cookie decorating. Holiday cards can be made at the Hawley Public Library. While there, enjoy a performance by Native American performer Frank Little Bear at 11:00am and 12:30pm. Author Michael P. Gadomsky will be present signing copies of his book “Philadelphia: Portrait of a City”.
First Presbyterian Church will have a Victorian luncheon on Saturday. Tickets are $9.00 for adults and $6.00 for kids 12 and under. Be sure to check out their Cookie Walk with over 5,000 homemade gourmet cookies for sale. Artist Juan Espino will be at The Falls Port Inn and Steakhouse on Saturday ready to unveil a new oil painting. The picture will depict the annual soap box derby events. The unveiling will begin at 3:00pm. Guests who find themselves in the painting will win a prize from Falls Port. There will also be ice carving demonstration there that afternoon.
On Sunday, be sure to make arrangements to be at The Boat House Restaurant for brunch with Santa. A breakfast buffet, holiday craft and time with Santa make this a very fun family morning. The Settlers Inn bed and breakfast will also host a Winterfest Brunch with a classic menu and music by harpist Diane O’Malley. Still need a Christmas tree? No problem. Find the perfect tree at the Winterfest Christmas Tree Sale at Mill Market. Prices range from $30.00 to $50.00. And don’t forget those last minute gifts on your shopping list. There is a Holiday Artisan’s Fair and plenty of antiques and collectibles at Miss Elly’s Antiques and The Village Bath.
When traveling to the Hawley area for longer than a day, be sure to check out accommodations at The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park. This restored Arts and Crafts Lodge in the lake region of the Pocono Mountains boasts 21 guestrooms complete with private bathrooms, plush robes, flat screen televisions and free wireless internet. When traveling with your pet, The Settlers Inn has pet-friendly rooms and even a pet concierge providing daily treats, food and water bowls a chew toy and even a list of the best walking and hiking in the area. For those cold winter nights, settle in by the inviting fireplace at The Chestnut Tavern. This relaxing lodge is the perfect place to unwind for the weekend and let everyday stresses just melt away.
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