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Picturesque Jim Thorpe hosts annual Olde Time Christmas festivities Dec. 6-22

Picturesque Jim Thorpe hosts annual Olde Time Christmas festivities Dec. 6-22
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From a press release:

The charming little town of Jim Thorpe is the perfect place to celebrate the wonder of the holiday season all December long as the snow falls, the bells ring, and everyone is feeling jolly. Its 38th annual Olde Time Christmas begins on Friday, Dec. 6 with the tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m.; the fun and magic continue Dec. 7-8 and through the following two weekends, Dec. 14-15 and Dec. 21-22.

For a romantic experience, take your sweetie on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the picturesque town. Or if your whole family or larger group would like a unique adventure, hop on one of the horse-drawn wagons for a ride through the entire historic district.

Walk to the Christmas Kids Club at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom (41 W. Broadway, 2nd floor, Jim Thorpe), where you will find an entire area dedicated just for the little ones. Step inside for photos with Santa, holiday movies, free crafts and entertainment, refreshments, and much more.

Make sure you bring your Christmas gift list to wrap up your holiday shopping at the many unique shops and galleries. As you meander from shop to shop, you will be entertained by strolling carolers and characters, along with live musicians.

One of the most anticipated events is the fourth annual Cookies & Cocktails on Saturday, Dec. 21 for all of the grown-ups on Santa’s Nice List. There will be plenty of cheer, cocktails, and sweet treats all over town, but only if you grab your tickets early at, as they are sure to sell out. With your ticket, you’ll receive a swag bag that includes a keepsake wine glass, recipe booklet, and discount coupons exclusively for Cookies & Cocktails participants.

Walking the streets of Jim Thorpe at Christmastime, you’d think Charles Dickens himself had celebrated his own holidays in Jim Thorpe. The historic Victorian architecture, cheerful music, brisk mountain air, and mouth-watering aromas floating from restaurants bring a sort of magic to the southern Poconos at Christmastime that it seems to have come right from a Dickens novel. After all, it was Dickens himself who said, “There seems a magic in the very name of Christmas.”

You can find more information on all of the festivities at, as well as the Jim Thorpe Olde Time Christmas Facebook page.

Photo by Desha