Here are Weekender’s Five 5s for Wilkes-Barre, Scranton and the surrounding areas

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Rodano’s Holiday Party: Free food buffet! Buy a $5 ornament to benefit Valley Santa for a chance to win a number of prizes, including Kirby Center Philharmonic tickets, gift baskets and a 40” flat screen TV. The party is from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 16, 53 Public Sq.

JNCO Jeans release party: Free! From 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 17, head to Bart & Urby’s and celebrate the re-release of an iconic ’90s fashion. Enjoy free food, ’90s beats from a DJ and a look at the new JNCO line. Stay after the party for weekly trivia.

Box of Rain: $10, $15 at the door. Enjoy a Grateful Dead tribute to the ‘69-‘74 era at River Street Jazz Cafe. Doors open at 5 p.m., but the show doesn’t start until 10 p.m. Dec. 18, 667 N. River St, Plains.

Ugly Christmas sweater party: Free! The Paper Shakers and The Disorders will play triple6tattoo’s ugly Christmas sweater party 8 p.m. Dec. 19 at Bart & Urby’s, 119 S. Main St. There are prizes for the top three ugly Christmas sweaters, but non-sweater wearers are also welcome.

The Nutcracker: $20 for adults, $15 for students, children and seniors. Ballet Northeast will present “The Nutcracker” on Darte Center Main Stage at Wilkes University. Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 20 at 2 p.m.


JVW Inc. Annual Holiday Party:Free! The advertising agency will hold its Christmas event from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at The Scranton Club, 404 North Washington Ave. There will be an open bar, food provided by Stirnas and music by the Rich Jenkins Jazz Trio.

NEPA Holiday Show 2015: $20, $25 at the door. The Menzingers will headline a show from 5 to 11 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Scranton Cultural Center, which also features performances by Tigers Jaw, Captain We’re Sinking, The Sw!ms, Three Man Cannon and Petal. All proceeds benefit youth art and music programs in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Tickets are available at SCC box office by calling 1-888-669-8966, in person at 420 Washington Ave, Scranton, or by visiting

Rogue Chimp Holiday Show: The Scranton based progressive fusion band will host a concert at 9 p.m. Dec. 19 at O’Leary’s Pub located at 514 Ash St., Scranton. They promise a night of funky, dancable, grove tunes to ring in the season.

Third Annual Jingle Ball & Shots with Santa: The Backyard Ale House hosts its annual holiday extravaganza starting at 3 p.m. Dec. 20. Santa arrives at 5 p.m. with his sexy helpers and patrons can get a photo doing a shot with St. Nick. Oskar Blues Brewery will take over the taps starting at 4 p.m. with two featured varieties. From 7 to 9 p.m., participants can decorate their own Blue Moon Ornament, and drink $3 pints of Blue Moon. An Ugly Sweater contest is from 8 to 10 p.m., crowning a winner with a $100 gift card from the Ale House.

Skip Monday at The Keys: $5. Skip Monday host a show at 10 p.m. Dec. 18 at The Keys, 244 Penn Ave. The evening features Pity Party, The Tisburys and Ed Randazzo with Bret Alexander. The show is 21 and over.

The Poconos

Walking in Nature: Free! A walk for grown-ups, without the distractions of children and phones, from 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 17. Meet at Beltzville State Park Office parking lot, 2950 Pohopoco Drive, Lehighton. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. For more info, contact Diane at

Splintered Sunlight’s Grateful Dead Holiday: $20. Attention, Deadheads! This tribute concert takes place 8 p.m. Dec. 18 at Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in historic Jim Thorpe. 570-325-0249.

Mike + Ruthy: $22, $18 gets you in to see Americana duo performing blues, Motown, old-time harmonies and rock 8 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Drive. 570-588-8077.

Peek-a-Boo Revue Holiday Extravaganza: $25. This seasonal show by Philadelphia’s premiere burlesque troupe takes place 8 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Imagine how scandalized the old Victorians of Jim Thorpe would have been if this revue had taken place in 1882 when the opera house was built. 570-325-0249 for tickets.

Once Upon A Christmas: Tickets start at $15. It’s three days before Christmas and Matthew Crawford and Harry Bunk nervously away the decision of the Parole Board. Will they be exonerated? Will they take matters into their own hands? Or, will a Christmas miracle solve their dilemma? This fun-filled holiday musical takes place 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 18, 19 and 20 at Shawnee Playhouse, 552 Ridge Road, Shawnee On Delaware. 570-421-5093.


Ugly Sweater Run: The Ugly Sweater Run on Dec. 19 celebrates the season. Run includes holiday music, bottomless hot chocolate, machine-made snow and Santa. At the finish line, celebrate with a free Sam Adams Boston or Winter Lager or Angry Orchard Hard Cider. Registration is $40 and includes a knit hat. Proceeds go to Save the Children. To register, and for more information, visit

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Did you miss the Trans-Siberian Orchestra when they were in Wilkes-Barre? Try again at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly. TSO will perform at 3 and 8 p.m., Dec. 19. “The Ghost of Christmas Eve” promises to brighten up your weekend with their electric performances. Tickets start at $32.50 and can be purchased through or

Holiday Railway: Reading Terminal Market highlights the Holiday Railroad, through Dec. 31. The train races around the terminal, on a track that stretches almost a third of a mile. Visit the Piano Court at Reading Terminal to see it and pick up a roast pork sandwich at DiNic’s or Bassetts ice cream. The free-to-view railroad will be open every day in December, except Christmas.

Art of the Zo Textiles: The Philadelphia Museum of Art highlights woven artifacts from the Zo people of Myanmar, India and Bangladesh. The South Asian art of weaving is treasured around the world and the museum collects several beautiful examples of woven capes, blankets and tunics. The exhibit is located in the Perelman Building and will run through March 20. Access is free with $20 admission.

Sundays with Santa: Chestnut Hill’s town center is magical no matter what time of year, but for the holidays, bring the kids to Laurel Hill Gardens for Sunday with Santa. On Dec. 20, visit Santa’s headquarters at 8125 Germantown Avenue for a photo opp. Santa is available from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, visit

New York

Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas: Mariah Carey’s 1994 Christmas album is still a holiday season highlight. For the second year, Carey returns to the Beacon Theater for her “All I Want for Christmas is You” tour. Get in the holiday spirit through Dec. 18. Tickets start at $59.50 and can be purchased at

Oh What Fun! A Philharmonic Holiday: This family-friendly holiday show brings together the NY Philharmonic, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Tchaikovsky. The concert includes holiday hits and sing-along. Performances are 8 p.m. Dec. 18 and 2 p.m. Dec. 19. Tickets start at $35. To purchase and see the full program, visit

Tom Green at Carolines: Tom Green hasn’t been in the spotlight for years, but he’s still one of the funniest comics of the ’90s. Indulge your nostalgia for his special brand of shock humor at Carolines on Broadway. Shows are 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 18-20. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased at

Royal Trux: Known for spectacular performances, the psych-garage duo, Royal Trux, is performing for the first time together since 2001. At 8 p.m. Dec 19, they’ll play at Webster Hall. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at

A Christmas Carol: In 1867, Charles Dickens spent a month in NYC telling his classic holiday tale. The Merchant’s House Museum is recreating those performances with actor John Kevin Jones as Dickens. He’ll takes audiences back 150 years during the one-hour reading. This year, mulled wine and food will be served at 6 p.m. before each performance. Seating is limited to 40 people and the shows runs through Dec. 24. To purchase tickets, visit

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