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THIS WEEK: NOV. 30 to DEC. 6, 2012

Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem, a holiday market with more than 125 vendors of gifts by national artisans, live holiday music, German and Austrian food favorites, ice carvers, Breakfast with St. Nicholas and make-your-own-glass-ornament sessions. PNC Plaza, SteelStacks, 645 E. First St., Bethlehem. Through Dec. 23: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. $7. 610-332-3378.

Annual Christmas Tea, tours of the 1781 historic structure with theme-decorated Christmas trees in each room, an antique-toy-and-train room, Victorian doll collection, music by the Tunkhannock Dulcimers and a string ensemble, an ornament sale and holiday treats. Oldest House, East Main Street, Laceyville. 4 to 8 tonight; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free but donations accepted. 869-1679.

A Magical Fireside Christmas, the annual festivities at The Inn at Pocono Manor with holiday storytelling, live baby reindeer, Santa photos, cookie decorating, gingerbread-house display, horse-drawn sleigh rides, chestnuts and s'mores around an open fire, toy trains, holiday crafts, ornament making, face painting, music, hors d'oeuvres and more. Through Dec. 30: 4 to 9 p.m. Fridays; noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays. Also open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily Dec. 23 to 30. $5. 800-233-8150.

TreeFest, with 100-plus decorated trees, a Gingerbread House Contest, dozens of professional craft artisans, Chinese auction and entertainment by school choirs, folk musicians and dance troupes. Caldwell Consistory, Market Square, Bloomsburg. 5 to 9 tonight; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. $6. 784-8181.

Santa and Mrs. Claus
arrive in downtown Hazleton via fire truck with candy, snacks, free photos for the first 100 children and entertainment by Sherri O'Donnell's All That Dancin'. Citiscape at the Hayden Towers Markle Building. 10 a.m. Saturday. 455-1509.

No Room at the Inn, a display of Nativity sets from around the world. With local musicians, a basket auction and craft sale. Forty Fort Presbyterian Church, 1224 Wyoming Ave. 5 to 8 tonight; 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free but donations accepted for the Salvation Army's Kirby Family House. 287-7097.

Holiday Lights Spectacular, a drive-through display with more than 100,000 lights creating various holiday scenes. Nay Aug Park, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. Open nightly 5 to 9 through Jan. 7. 348-4186.

Festival of Trees, holiday trees decorated by area organizations. Opens tonight with a reception 6 to 8. Educational Conference Center, Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Through Dec. 21: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 740-0732.

The Miracle of Bethlehem, a 45-minute presentation depicting the life of Jesus. St. Faustina Grove, Newport Street, Sheatown. 7 tonight and Saturday. Free but donations accepted.

Christmas in a Small Town, Santa's whistlestop tour of Lackawanna County train stations with holiday music by local high school bands and photo opportunities. Saturday with train arrivals at Carbondale at 10:30 a.m., Archbald at 11:35 a.m., Jessup at 12:20 p.m., Olyphant at 1 p.m., Dickson City at 1:45 p.m. and the State Office Building parking lot on Lackawanna Avenue in Scranton at 2:45 p.m. Free. 793-3692.

Train, Toy and Collectibles Show, with 85 vendors of full-size to HO trains, accessories, crafts and a model-train display. Taylor Fire Company, 614 Union St. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. $3. 878-1466.

Art in Nature. Create a wreath from freshly cut boxwood and cranberries. No experience necessary. Lackawanna Environmental Education Center, 10 Moffat Drive, Covington Township. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. $20 includes materials. Registration: 842-1506.

Zumbathon, a fundraiser for the families in transition at the Salvation Army's Kirby Family House and other local families in need. Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, 40 W. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. $5. 408-4162.

Holiday Quilt Display, vintage and heirloom quilts as well as recently made items. With demonstrations, refreshments, bake sale and raffles. Sponsored by the White Haven Community Library at the former DeWitt Homestead, 231 Wilkes-Barre St., White Haven. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. $5. 443-8723.

Holiday Express, a round-trip train ride from Scranton to Moscow. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Saturday with an 11 a.m. departure and a 3 p.m. return. $19, $12 children. Reservations: 340-5204.

Model Railroad Open House at the 2,000-square-foot HO-scale layout of the Hudson Model Railroad Club, Polish American Building, 97 Martin St., Hudson section of Plains Township. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Jan. 5. Also open Sundays on Dec. 30 and Jan. 6. 985-8340.

Model Railroad Open House, with a custom-built layout depicting Lehigh Valley's Hazleton Branch passing through the towns of Weatherly, Cross Creek, Ashmore, Jeddo, Drifton and Eckley along with a model of Hazleton in the 1940s and '50s. Anthracite Model Railroad Club, 1057 Hanover Court, Hazle Township. Through Jan. 6: noon to 7 p.m. Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Free but donations accepted. See amrclub.org.

Longaberger Basket Bingo, with door prizes and raffles. Sponsored by the senior class at Crestwood High School, 281 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. Saturday with doors at 1 p.m. and games at 2 p.m. $20 for 20 games. 474-6782, ext. 445.

Quiet Valley Old-Time Christmas, lantern-lighted tours of the historical farm with Christmas customs of the past including a Christmas Putz, living nativity in the barnyard, caroling in the one-room schoolhouse, the Belschnikel and refreshments. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 1000 Turkey Hill Road, Stroudsburg. Saturdays and Sunday through Dec. 9 with tours leaving every 15 minutes from 3:30 to 7:15 p.m. $10, $5 children. 992-6161.

Living Christmas Village, the fourth annual walk-through event with the streets of Bethlehem, Santa's Workshop, puppets, a live Nativity, music by local high school choirs, cocoa and cookies and more. Grace Bible Church, 130 University Drive, Dunmore. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. 342-5651.

Christmas with a Twist, a Christian-music concert followed by a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins hockey game. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. Saturday with concert at 6 p.m. and game at 7 p.m. $16, $14, $10. 970-3607.

It Takes a Village, a student-produced documentary on Kirstin Cook's experiences volunteering in Tanzania. Also: dance performances, jazz music, a silent auction and refreshments. Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St., Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Saturday. $5. 575-6944.

New England Contra Dance, with music by Eileen Nicholson and Jill Smith. Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market St., Kingston. 7 p.m. Saturday. $9 with discounts for families. 333-4007.

Bully, the acclaimed documentary about America's bullying crisis, winner of six film festivals worldwide. Walsh Hall, Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas. 7 p.m. Saturday; 3 and 8 p.m. Sunday. $3. 674-6400.

Whistle Stop Train Show, with more than 100 tables of vendors offering new and used Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, Ives, H-O and LGB along with railroad antiques, books, Matchbox cars and Plasticville items. Woodward Fire Hall, Route 220, Williamsport. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. $3. 326-4280.

Holiday Limited, a round-trip train ride from Scranton to Gouldsboro with Santa, Mr. Scrooge, Tiny Tim and carolers. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Sunday with an 11 a.m. departure and a 3:30 p.m. return. $29, $17 children. Reservations: 340-5204.

Variety Bingo Party, sponsored by the JLW Mountain Laurel Lions Club. With Longaberger baskets, Vera Bradley and Coach bags and cash prizes. West Wyoming Hose Company, 926 Shoemaker Ave. 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. $20 for 20 games. 262-6388.

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The historic Sharpe House at Eckley Miners Village is dressed up for the holidays with lots of festive lights, Christmas trees and traditional decorations to welcome visitors to its Victorian Christmas Celebration. Relax with a cup of tea or hot chocolate and some Christmas treats served up by Victorian-costumed hosts and browse the handmade Victorian ornaments and holiday gift items for sale. The village of Eckley is off Route 940, three miles south of Freeland. The Sharpe House is open to visitors noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 9. Call 636-2070.

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