Where the Christmas spirit feels free

By now the turkey leftovers are finished, a few decorations are up and the kids are completing their lists for Santa.

And you’re thinking, “This is getting expensive.”

So you look, as you often do throughout the year, for fun, cheap/free things to do with the kiddies. But when you get there, the festival/show/concert is not really as promised. Instead of the “fun for the whole family!” event advertised, sometimes it turns out to be a few quiet people milling about. And the band left early.

Not this one.

Each year, I’m amazed at the festival Stroudsmoor puts on for its annual Tree Lighting Celebration. Pony rides, chats with Santa, a gingerbread village, lighting displays, singing, carriage rides, petting zoo, live Nativity and fireworks. Free!
Pocono parents, if you haven’t tried this yet, please do. Did I mention it’s free?

IF YOU GO: 24th annual Tree Lighting Celebration
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2
WHERE: Stroudsmoor Country Inn, 231 Stroudsmoor Road, Stroudsburg
COST: Free parking and event, food available for purchase
INFORMATION: 570-421-6431, stroudsmoor.com

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