The holidays are just around the corner, and the people of Hawley are just beginning to get into the Christmas spirit. One holiday tradition we hold very dearly is the annual Hawley Winterfest, now celebrating its 18th anniversary. Established in 1999, this fun-filled family event celebrates the traditions of Hawley and the Christmas season with an abundance of jolly activities. Make your Christmas vacation extra special this year and join us for a weekend filled with holiday cheer.
13 Things to Do at the Hawley Winterfest
With 3 days packed full of family-fun, attending the Winterfest is a great way to kickstart your Christmas vacation. Here are just some of the best holiday activities to look forward to December 9th-11th:
16th Annual Cookie Walk
Indulge in over 5,000 gourmet cookies, candies, and Christmas treats.
Create a Holiday Card
Make someone special in your life smile by creating a handmade holiday card just for them.
Holiday House Tour
Holiday-decorated homes in Hawley and the surrounding areas are open for you and your family’s enjoyment.
Holiday Artisans’ Fair
Browse through original artwork and more unique crafts created by regional artists. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet up-and-coming artists and find truly unique gifts.
Friends and Family Old Fashioned Gathering
Shop for one-of-a-kind antiques and collectibles while enjoying freshly mulled cider and holiday treats.
Horse and Carriage/Wagon Rides
You’ll love this memorable winter tradition! Enjoy a romantic ride through the streets or cozy up with your family as you take in the sights of Hawley.
Ice Bar at Cocoon Coffee House
Enjoy specialty cocktails prepared at our popular Cocoon Coffee House. The delicious blends will be served over a handcrafted ice bar made by Sculpted Ice Works.
Towed Tube Rides
Give your kids a thrill with a fun tubing ride down the hill in Bingham Park.
Ritz Christmas Show
Every year, the Ritz Company Playhouse puts on a family-friendly Christmas production. Enjoy the merriment, music, and a special visit from Santa Claus after the show.
Savor in delicious holiday favorites from a classic menu prepared by The Settler’s Inn.
Holiday Handbell Concert
Listen to the beautiful Christmas bells during this festive concert by the Joyful Ringers of Hawley United Methodist Church. Light refreshments will be available afterward.
Winterfest Safe-Kids Fair
This celebration is both fun and educational for the kids. Through hands-on activities, games, and crafts, kids will learn important safety tips from the experts.
Santa and S’mores at The Landing
Bring your camera for free pictures with Ol’ Saint Nick himself! You will also enjoy complimentary hot cocoa and s’mores around an open fire pit. Participating shops will have their doors open to holiday shoppers.
Ready to Attend the Hawley Winterfest? Find Your Perfect Accommodation
Settlers Inn: This authentic 1920’s Arts and Crafts Lodge is the perfect Pocono Mountains escape. Located right outside of downtown, this lovely inn enjoys a private and serene setting just minutes from all the fun. You’ll find the comforts of a bed and breakfast with the added convenience of a full-service farm-to-table restaurant. Take a look at their beautifully appointed rooms or book your stay today.
Silver Birches Resort: Located right on the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack, this accommodation is perfect for families! Choose between luxury suites, waterfront cottages, or even full houses. You will also have access to a variety of dining options right at the resort including full-service restaurants and quick cafes! Find your perfect room or book your stay right now!
Don’t Forget to Visit the Historic Hawley Silk Mill
Our 19th-century silk mill turned lifestyle center is one of the best attractions in Hawley. Not only will you be able to attend some of the Hawley Winterfest events here, but there are also numerous things to do all year-round. Get cozy with a freshly-brewed coffee in the Cocoon Coffee House, find unique souvenirs in one of our fabulous shops, or enjoy a live music performance at Harmony Presents! There’s a little something for everyone in the whole family to enjoy!