Duration: Two days and two nights
Looking for a shopping adventure surrounded by some of the most dramatic scenery in Pennsylvania? Look no further than Upstate PA, featuring quaint downtowns full of boutiques and specialty shops. Visit the bustling towns of Wilkes-Barre and Jim Thorpe to find that one-of-a-kind gift and then head over to the outlets to finish your Christmas shopping list. We promise you’ll like the deals and the views.
Drive 15 minutes to the next town over for all things tomato at The Tomato Bar & Bistro. Located in Pittson, Pa., the home of the famous “Pittston Tomato Festival,” this restaurant models an old-time pub and offers numerous tomato dishes for any appetite. A light lunch or delicious dinner, as well as a variety of import and craft beers, make this a perfect place to refuel for more shopping.Read More >
The Beaumont Inn and Restaurant near Wilkes-Barre is nestled on 50 acres with a beautiful mountain backdrop, complete with 10 unique individually appointed rooms for overnight guests. The Inn provides fine dining, a lounge and live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night.Read More >
To rest your head after a day of hitting the shops, the elegant Inn at Jim Thorpe is one of the town's landmark treasures. This quaint 1849 Inn has comfortable guest rooms and world-class suites with whirlpools and fireplaces. Its convenient location ensures you’re just steps away from dozens of quaint shops, antique stores, galleries, pubs, restaurants and the famous Mauch Chunk opera house. Don’t worry, we’ll tell you all about it for Day 2.Read More >
Owned and operated by the Behan family from Dublin, Ireland, Molly Maguires boasts its authentic family-friendly neighborhood pub to locals and guests alike. The service, food and affordable prices make this a worthy stop to enjoy a meal. If that isn’t enough, Hollywood icons Sean Connery and Richard Harris have visited this revered downtown eatery.Read More >
Treat yourself after a day out on the town by visiting one of Jim Thorpe’s finest dining establishments. Offering innovative, elegant and straightforward cuisine, Moya serves seafood along with locally-sourced food. From grilled salmon to pastas and flat iron steak, this restaurant’s mouthwatering menu will not disappoint.Read More >
The Christmas Factory
The Christmas Factory in Marshalls Creek is one of the largest Christmas shops on the East Coast and boasts more than 60 theme-decorated trees year-round to showcase the variety of decorations, home accents, tablepieces, and much more. From lights and garland to the most distinctive Santa figurines and unique nativity sets, the Christmas Factory has an incredible selection of gifts and home décor.
Olde Time Christmas Celebration
The town of Jim Thorpe celebrates the holiday season with the Olde Time Christmas Celebration December 7-22. The event includes train rides with Santa, a live Nativity, Historic District Ghost Walks, strolling carolers and musicians, expanded shopping hours, and seasonal dinner specials. Ticketed entertainment will also take place each Saturday night of the Olde Time Christmas at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, so let the beautiful downtown transport you to a different era!
Christmas in Our Hometown
There is nothing quite like feeling at “home for the holidays” at Tunkhannock's Christmas in Our Hometown weekend, December 6-7. Street carolers, hot chocolate, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and a host of other holiday festivities await visitors as they wander through this picturesque town celebration. Enjoy horse and buggy rides, open air peanut roasting, ice sculptures and more during this annual occasion.
Another bustling city in northeast PA, Scranton’s growth began in 1849 when the Scranton brothers formed the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad from a number of smaller lines, making it a transportation hub. Scranton officially became incorporated as a city in 1866 and will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2016. Enjoy Scranton this holiday season with a special ride on Lackawanna Heritage Valley’s Santa Train for Light Up, Scranton. This month-long event features parades, a festival of trees, The Nutcracker and First Night Scranton, a New Year’s Eve celebration.