Events Listings: Dec. 23 to 29, 2015

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THIS WEEK: Dec. 23 to 29, 2015

Christmas City Stroll, a guided walking tour through Bethlehem’s historic district led by docents dressed in period Moravian attire, with stops at several landmarks including the 1741 Gemeinhaus and the Bethlehem Waterworks. Visitor Center, 505 Main St., Bethlehem. 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through Jan. 10. 800-360-8687 or

Bethlehem by Night. Tour the Christmas City on a guided bus tour or a horse-drawn carriage ride. Visitor Center, 505 Main St., Bethlehem. With bus tours at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 27; carriage rides 3 to 9 p.m. Fridays through Sundays through Dec. 31. 800-360-8687 or

Holiday Lights Spectacular, a drive-through display of more than 100 lighted structures depicting scenes of the season along with festive music. Nay Aug Park, 1901 Mulberry St., Scranton. 5 to 9 p.m. nightly through Jan. 5. 570-348-4186.

Model Railroad Open House, an HO-scale, 2000-square-foot layout modeling many northeast railroads from various eras. Hudson Model Railroad Club, 97 Martin St., Hudson. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 3. Free but donations accepted.

Model Railroad Open House, with HO model railroading and miniature replicas of local landmarks including the Asa Packer Mansion, Eckley Miners Village, Bethlehem Steelworks, Hazleton’s Blue Comet Diner and more. Anthracite Model Railroad Society, 1056 Hanover Court, Hazle Township. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 3. 570-459-6395.


Noon Year’s Eve, a countdown for earlybirds with an apple-cider toast, hats, noisemakers and specials at the casino tables. Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. Noon on Dec. 31. 570-831-2100.

First Night Scranton, the 16th annual alcohol-free celebration of art and culture with live music, dance, interactive performances, juggling, horse-drawn carriage rides, bingo, magicians, face painting and more in various venues in downtown Scranton. Capped by a spectacular fireworks display to ring in the New Year. 3 p.m. to midnight, Dec. 31. $10, $5 seniors. 570-499-6360. Schedule at

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, the annual party with a dinner buffet and dance music by Millennium. VFW Post 4909 Home Association, 401-403 Main St., Dupont. 7:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Dec. 31. $40. Reservations: 570-654-9104.

New Year’s Eve Bash, with cocktail hour, appetizers, cash bar, plated dinner, DJ dancing and champage toast/balloon drop at midnight. Mauch Chunk Ballroom, 41 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31. $125. 484-629-5070 or

New Year’s Eve Zen Meditation and Candlelight Ceremony, Zazen and walking meditation, Buddhist chanting, striking of the outdoor gong, food and music. Endless Mountain Zendo, 104 Hollow Road, Stillwater. 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31. Donation. Reservations: 570-925-5077.

Bash in the Ballroom, a free New Year’s Eve party with music by Parrotbeach, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band along with tropical drink specials and a complimentary champagne toast. Also: the New Year’s Eve Prize Patrol will be awarding prizes to randomly selected guests from 9 pm to 1 a.m. Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Township. 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 31. 888-946-4672.

Community Contra Dance, with music by the Contra Rebels. No partner or previous experience necessary. Church of Christ Uniting, 776 Market St., Kingston. Jan. 2 with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. and dancing at 7 p.m. Pay what you wish. 570-333-4007.

Downtown Abbey Discussion of the previous night’s episode of the PBS series. Wyoming Free Library, 358 Wyoming Ave. 5 to 6 p.m. Jan. 4. 570-693-1364.

Nanticoke Bingo, with cash prizes, food, refreshments and door prizes. West Side Playground, 389 W. Grand St., Nanticoke. Jan. 5 and 19 with doors at 5 p.m. and games at 6 p.m. 570-735-6820.

Under the Big Top! A screening of “Circus World” (1964) starring John Wayne and Rita Hayworth. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Jan. 8. Free with refreshments. 570-823-0156.

Pennsylvania Farm Show, the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country with nearly 6000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial booths along with youth livestock shows, cooking demonstrations, horse and tractor pulls, rodeos, square dancing, Arena Carriage Racing, antique tractors, special guests, a food court and more. Farm Show Complex, North Cameron and Maclay streets, Harrisburg. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 9 to 15; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 16. Free but $15 parking. 717-787-5373 or

Northeast Social Dance Club, swing, waltz, cha cha, west coast and line dancing to DJ music. Dante Club, 1916 Prospect Ave., Scranton. 8 to 11 p.m. Jan. 9. $5. 570-342-1770.

Mercy Street, a sneak preview of the premiere episode of PBS’ new six-part Civil War hospital drama. With a discussion of the Civil War era, re-enactors and refreshments. WVIA Public Media Studios, 100 WVIA Way, off Old Boston Road, Pittston. 3 p.m. Jan. 10. Free but reservations required. 570-602-1134.

Game Night, an over-21 evening of “Family Feud,” “Celebrity” and “Pictionary” with teams of four facing off in a night of charitable competition. Sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge at the Woodlands Inn & Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Township. 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 14. $35 or $140 per team. 570-824-8756, ex. 398 or

Under the Big Top! A screening of “Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant” (2009). Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Jan. 15. Free with refreshments. 570-823-0156.

Yoga Workshops with internationally beloved yoga teacher Pradeep Teotia. Balance Yoga & Wellness, 900 Rutter Ave., Forty Fort. Workshops include “Yoga Everywhere” 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 15; “Awakening, Strengthening and Letting Go” 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 16; and “Empower Detox Flow 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 17. $35; $90 for all three. Reservations: 570-714-2777.

Malanka, the 12th annual event with Ukrainian and American foods, cash bar, complimentary champagne toast, door prizes and dancing to the music of Fata Morgana. St. Vladimir Parish Center, 728 N. Seventh Ave., Scranton. 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 16. $45. 570-822-5354.

Fee-Free Days at Steamtown. The National Park Service will celebrate its 100th birthday by waiving entrance fees on 16 days in 2016: Martin Luther Kings Jr. Day (Jan. 18), National Park Week (April 16 to 24), National Park Service Birthday Weekend (Aug. 25 to 28), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 24) and Veterans Day (Nov. 11). Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. except from Jan. 2 to March 19 when hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 570-340-5200.

NEPA Home and Garden Show, the 15th annual event with the latest products and services from builders, contractors, landscapers and providers of energy efficiency, windows and doors, decks, pools, spas, kitchenware and more. Also: gardening seminars by the Penn State Master Gardeners, chainsaw carving, farm equipment showcase, quilting presentation and an art, gift and gourmet area. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 2 to 7 p.m. Jan. 22; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 23; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 24. $7.50; $5.50 seniors. 570-970-7600.

Under the Big Top! A screening of “Billy Rose’s Jumbo” (1962) starring Jimmy Durante and Doris Day. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Jan. 22. Free with refreshments. 570-823-0156.

Early Bird Sports Expo, the annual show with boats, RVs, ATVs, outfitters, hunting and fishing equipment, kayaks, taxidermy, artists, sportsmen’s groups, an archery shoot, turkey calling and Kids Casting. Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, 620 W. Third St. 4 to 9 p.m. Jan. 28; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 29; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 30; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 31. $6. 570-784-4949.

Wellness Through Mind-Body Integration. Waverly Community House, 1115 N. Abington Road. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28. Free. 570-586-8191.

Under the Big Top! A screening of “Something Wicked This Way Comes” (1983) starring Jason Robards and Jonathan Pryce. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Jan. 29. Free with refreshments. 570-823-0156.

Party with a Purpose, a Mardi Gras-themed event to benefit students of the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association. With traditional Mardi Gras foods, wine and beer tasting, silent auction, raffle, entertainment and cash bar. Genetti’s Best Western Hotel, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. Feb. 4. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Wilkes-Barre. $20 advance; $25 at the door. Tickets: 570-714-1246.

Winterfest, the annual celebration in downtown Jim Thorpe with a Mug Walk, Lehigh Gorge train rides, Kids Shows with Al Grout, ice- and wood-carving demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. Schedule at

Harlem Globetrotters, the basketball tricksters on their 90th-anniversary world tour sporting their incredible ball-handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, comedy and fan interaction. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 2 and 7 p.m. March 5. 800-745-3000 or

WWE Wrestling: The Road to Wrestlemania, with favorites Roman Reigns, Demon Kane, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Dolph Ziggler, Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens, the Dudley Boyz, the Divas and more. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. March 20. 800-745-3000.

Red Green: I’m Not Old, I’m Ripe, the humorist and TV “handyman” personality, who believes that “anything is possible if you use duct tape.” F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. April 4. $53. 570-826-1100.

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science, the television personality, author and Food Network star in a culinary variety show with comedy, music, puppets and “dangerous experiments” in the kitchen. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 7 p.m. April 21. $65.50, $55.50, $45.50. 570-826-1100.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, with extreme spectacles, fast-paced performances and exotic animals. Included: high-wire wizards, strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, contortionists, a high-flying human cannonball and a bungee aerial skydiving display. Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. 7 p.m. April 28-29; 1 and 5 p.m. April 30; 1 p.m. May 1. 570-970-7600 or