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.
The first stop is as outrageous as it sounds. Offering interesting and unique jewelry, as well as handmade gifts and eclectic accessories, oddities abound at Outrageous. Start checking off your list with this small-town local business, which prides itself on its fun vibe.Read More >
Hosting more than 30 different artists offering a variety of mediums and genres, this gallery and cafe has something for everyone. A center for cultural events, this venue also features poetry reading presentations on the third Friday of the month, as well as stand-up routines and public art lessons. Appreciate the art — and take it home — at this one-stop wonder!Read More >
A gem in downtown Wilkes-Barre, this shop offers unique gifts at reasonable prices. From Byer’s Choice and Mad Bags to Celtic trinkets and sterling silver and pewter jewelry, Bee Hive strives to bring something new to the table. While you shop, keep in mind that it offers free gift wrap, a perfect addition to a hassle-free holiday shopping trip.Read More >
Hop in the car and head north for 27 miles toward Tunkhannock for your second round of downtown shopping. Home to the art deco Dietrich Theatre, you can witness history and shop for antiques here. Check out Sassy Albert's Soap Store for hand-made soaps, theraputic oils, lotions and scrubs to fill the stocking. Your last stop is Eclectic Hearts, a quaint shop full of quality antiques and contemporary furnishings. Once you’re done with shopping, head to Nimble Hill Winery... Read More >
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 >
Begin your second day with a stroll through Jim Thorpe, an iconic town located 45 miles from Wilkes-Barre named in honor of Olympic medal winner James Francis Thorpe. In addition to its title as one of the Most Beautiful Small Towns in America, Jim Thorpe offers many historical sites to explore. In addition to the historic Old Jail Museum, Mauch Chunk Museum, No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum, and Eckley Miner’s Village, don’t miss the Asa Packer and Harry Packer Mansions, two elaborate local... Read More >
This quaint marketplace is located in the heart of downtown Jim Thorpe. The town’s only retail mall contains two levels of fine shops. You’ll come across antiques, etchings, handcrafted jewelry, dolls and even handmade ice cream and pastries for a tasty break. While there, don’t miss out on this next specialty store.Read More >
Step into this shop and revel in the aromas of homemade candles. All products are hand-poured or handmade by the owner and include wax candles, melting tarts, aroma beads, gel candles and gift baskets. In the spirit of the holidays, check out the beeswax ornaments and seasonal bows for decorating needs and unique gifts.Read More >
This store is all about the experience. You may catch the owner and her husband crafting something beautiful, creating custom-blend fragrances and formulations or spending time with the customers answering questions. From natural deodorants and lip care to fragrant soaps and hand-dipped incense, you’re bound to find something for the special women in your life. After you find the perfect gift, make your way back to the car for a bigger shopping experience.Read More >
A 50-minute drive leads you to Crossings Premium Outlets in the heart of the Pocono Mountains region. Featuring an exciting collection of 100 designer and name brand stores, prepare to save 25 - 65% at stores such as Ann Taylor, BCBG Max Azria, Coach, Coldwater Creek, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.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 dÃ©cor.
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.