Annual Olde Time Christmas

There seems a magic in the very name of Christmas

~ Charles Dickens


Walking the streets of Jim Thorpe at Christmastime, you’d think Charles Dickens himself had celebrated his own holidays here. 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. 


Jim Thorpe’s 38th Annual Olde Time Christmas is the place to celebrate the holiday season all December long as the snow falls, the bells ring, and everyone is feeling jolly. 

Olde Time Christmas Weekends are happening December 7-8, 14-15, and 21-22. Enjoy photos with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, Kids Club at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom, special community holiday events, live entertainment throughout town and so much more!

The 4th annual Cookies & Cocktails brings plenty of cheer, craft cocktails and sweet treats all over town on Saturday, December 21. 



Highlighted Events

Victorian Carolers

December 22

Enjoy The Black Ties and Pearls as they stroll through town singing Christmas Carols and other favorites.

Cost: FREEThroughout Town

3:00pm-5:00pm

Jim Thorpe Historic DistrictNativity Display

December 7 & 8

Over 500 Nativities on display- many different varieties of presentation, prayer garden tours, light refreshments. Free transportation each day from the Josiah White Park, far right side of the visitor's center in parking lot!

Cost: FREESt. John's Lutheran Church

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12:00pm-5:00pm

319 South Ave

Faculty Brass

December 14, 15, 21

Our favorite strolling brass quartet performs throughout the Historic District. Sing along as they play the classic carols!

Cost: FREEThroughout Town

1:30pm-4:30pm

Jim Thorpe Historic District

Photos with Santa

December 7, 14, 22

Bring the kids to the Christmas Kids Club and take your own FREE photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Professional photos will be offered as an option for purchase.

Cost: FREEMauch Chunk Ballroom

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1:00pm-3:00pm

41 W Broadway

Christmas Kids Club

December 7-8, 14-15, 21-22

Activities, crafts and entertainment just for the kids & families!

Cost: FREE | $5.00Mauch Chunk Ballroom

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11:00am-5:00pm

41 W Broadway

Victorian Tree Display

December 7, 14, 21

Join Sheila and Bob as they open their B&B to see their spectacular Christmas Tree all decked out in antique ornaments.

Cost: FREEGilded Cupid B&B

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12:00pm-5:00pm

40 W Broadway

Nutcracker Holiday Display

November 29 - December 29

This December, do not miss the Harry Packer Mansion’s “The Nutcracker Holiday Displays” Self-Guided Tour, which was featured last year on WNEP’s Home and Backyard and in the Winter Historical Attractions Edition of the Pocono Mountains Magazine.

Cost: $5.00Harry Packer Mansion

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Times Vary

19 Packer Ave

Ornament Hand Lettering

December 21

Watch professional hand-lettering artist Tanya Levandoski create personalized Christmas ornaments LIVE for the crowd! A projector will be set up so you're able to enjoy a glass of wine while you watch her work.

Cost: FREEBig Creek Vineyard

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1:00pm-6:00pm

41 Susquehanna Street

Horse & Carriage Rides

December 7-8, 14-15, 21-22

Take a memorable ride through the Historic District with your sweetheart or family. Rides offered in wagons or carriages.

Cost: VariesJosiah White Park

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11:00am-4:00pm

1 Susquehanna Street

Strolling Carolers

December 7 & 8

Enjoy all of the classic carols brought to you by our talented Jim Thorpe Area Senior High School Chamber Singers. The students will serenade you as they stroll through town.

Cost: FREEThroughout Town

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12:00pm-4:00pm

Jim Thorpe Historic District

Ugly Sweater Party

December 14

Come Get Ugly at our third annual Sweater Party! Wear your ugliest holiday sweater. This time we'll be doing Karaoke too with Roadhouse Lou, so practice up! We'll have the traditional Ugly Sweater Parade and Contest, with the worst of the worst winning a gift certificate.

Cost: FREEStone Row Pub

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8:00pm-11:00pm

45-47 Race Street

Bach & Handel Corale

December 7

The Bach and Handel Chorale presents their annual Christmas Concert under the direction of Maestro Randall Douglas Perry, at the historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church Jim Thorpe.

Cost: $15.00 | FREESt. Marks Church

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3:00pm

21 Race StreetChristmas Tree Display

December 7-8, 14-15, 21-22

It's the third annual Christmas Tree Display Contest at The Ballroom at the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center. Come to The Ballroom, enjoy refreshments and vote for your favorite tree!

Cost: FREEMauch Chunk Ballroom

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11:00am-5:00pm

41 W BroadwayCookies & Cocktails

December 21

Your tastebuds will be tantalized with holiday cheer in over two dozen participating shops, galleries and restaurants.

Cost: $40.00Throughout Town

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1:00pm-6:00pm

Jim Thorpe Historic District

Official Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 6

The 38th annual Jim Thorpe Olde Time Christmas begins with the official lighting of the Christmas tree in Josiah White Park. The event is presented by Turn To Us.

Cost: FREEJosiah White Park

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5:00pm-8:00pm

1 Susquehanna StreetReference Link
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