Decking the halls takes on a whole new meaning in the Poconos. Many communities feature festive displays to celebrate the season. Here are four must-see holiday light displays in the Poconos. Bundle up and spend some time taking in the beauty and magic of the season.
Plan a visit to the Pocono Mountains to experience the quiet side of the holidays. Linger in the luxury of the accommodations and amenities offered at Ledges Hotel. Shop quaint Main Streets. Take in the natural wonder that surrounds you.
1. North Pole Village
A visit here will likely bring back fond childhood memories. The Spinelli family restored a large collection of vintage animatronic characters and shares the display with the public during the holiday season. Originally part of the window displays at New York’s Brooklyn Terminal Market, the figures include Santa and Mrs. Claus, The Dickens Carolers and Santa’s elves in their workshop. Visitors can drive-through the property in Newfoundland to see the display showcased in retrofitted house trailers. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
2. Festival of Lights
Take a hayride along the resort’s 1.5-mile nature trail adorned with thousands of twinkling lights. Get cozy under blankets as you right past scenes depicting your favorite holiday movies. The journey on December 5 includes dinner, the hayride, holiday music, a visit from the Jolly Old Elf himself and hot chocolate at the end of the ride. Everything is included for $29.
Honesdale High School, Honesdale
In the spirit of TV’s “Great Christmas Light Fight,” students in the school’s Department of Light and Sound create an intricate light display choreographed to music. Visitors are welcome to park in the school’s parking lot to watch the spectacle. Beginning December 1, the class, supervised by their teacher, begins stringing more than 25,000 lights on the walls and roof of the building. Each year brings new designs to accompany the traditional bells, trees, wreaths and candy canes.
Visitors tune their radio to 107.7 FM for the show, which lasts about 30 minutes and features 10-12 holiday songs. During the show, lights flash, blink and twinkle in orchestra with the music. The show runs from 6-9 p.m. for one week in December. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Money collected is used to replace and repair broken equipment so the event may continue. Anything beyond what’s needed is donated to local non-profits. While you’re in Honesdale, take note of the giant star overlooking town. Located atop Irving Cliff, it’s been a fixture of the holiday season since 1955.
A family’s passion for decorating turned into a popular seasonal attraction. Each year the Belvin family transforms their East Stroudsburg property into a virtual North Pole. Over 153,000 bulbs illuminate the night. The lights flash, blink, twinkle and chase in harmony with 25 beloved Christmas Carols. The centerpiece of the show is a 186-foot illuminated arch. Visitors are welcome to check out the display Thursdays through Sunday in December. There is no charge, but 100 percent of donations benefit United Way of Monroe County.
Stay overlooking Paupack High Falls. Mother Nature decorates the rock ledges with shimmering icicles. Enjoy a getaway to this winter wonderland. Check availability and book online today to enjoy a holiday getaway.