Enjoy the warm glow of Christmas Past & Olde Time Christmas in Jim Thorpe

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The warm glow of Christmas Past beckons you to the 34th Annual Olde Time Christmas Festival in Jim Thorpe, PA, celebrated the first two weekends in December – December 4, 5 & 6, 12 & 13.

Like a scene from Currier and Ives, the village nestled in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains and decorated in Victorian style will kindle the heart and captivate the imagination.

Recognized by Smarter Travel as one of the 10 Best Small Towns for the Holidays and 10 Most Christmassy Things to Do in PA by Undercover PA, the Olde Time Christmas Festival is presented by the Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency (JTTA).

With Santa, strolling carolers, characters and musicians, there’s lots of fun for the whole family.

tree lightingThe tree lighting celebration at Josiah White Park (train station) kicks off the festivities on Friday, December 4 beginning at 5 p.m. with music, caroling and dancing. Santa will arrive by firetruck at 6 p.m. to light the Jim Thorpe Christmas tree donated by Beisel’s Christmas Tree Hill in Lehighton.

Also Friday evening, the historic St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 21 Race Street, will host an open house, with tours, caroling, guitar music and refreshments, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Donation requested to benefit St. Mark’s.

Throughout Olde Time Christmas, goers will enjoy train rides with Santa, a gingerbread house display and children’s story time at the Dimmick Memorial Library, 54 Broadway, the 8th annual display of more than 500 crèches from around the world (Dec. 5 & 6) at St. John Lutheran Church, 319 South Avenue, holiday shows and concerts at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, and shopping Jim Thorpe’s 35 unique shops and galleries for that perfect gift.

Lovers can celebrate a little holiday romance and meet under the mistletoe all over the town named by Philadelphia Magazine as its 2012 Best of Philly: Best Romantic Getaway. The shops, galleries, restaurants, pubs and other local businesses will have sprigs of the “kissing plant” strategically hung. Folks can bring home a little Jim Thorpe love, with mistletoe sold by JTTA outside of the train station in Josiah White Park.

Gilded Cupid treeA visit to the Gilded Cupid, 40 Broadway, will take folks back in time with a German old-world themed tree display on Saturdays, December 5 and 12, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fireside stories for children will be presented at 2 p.m. on both days.

F. Hiatt’s fireside stories for adults only are also back by popular demand at 9 p.m. on both Saturdays. Reservations are required. Refreshments will be served. $10. A portion of donations from the afternoon and evening events will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

There are many charitable opportunities to give back this year, including the annual Toy Drive and Mitten Tree collections. Likewise, Stone Row Pub and Eatery is celebrating the season with a Steam Punk Tea offering that benefits St. Mark Episcopal Church’s bell restoration fund.

For more information on Olde Time Christmas events, follow us at www.facebook.com/JimThorpeOldeTimeChristmas or visit http://www.jimthorpe.org 

You needn’t go far away to feel as if you’ve gotten away from the stress of the holidays. Jim Thorpe is only 90 minutes from Philadelphia, two hours from New York City and 35 minutes from the Lehigh Valley.

JTTA plans, presents and promotes four major festivals each year: WinterFest (February), the Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration (May), Fall Foliage (three weekends in October), and the Olde Time Christmas festival (December). These events attract thousands of visitors, who stay at hotels, B&BS, inns and campgrounds in Jim Thorpe and throughout Carbon County. For all things Jim Thorpe, visit http://www.jimthorpe.org

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Magical Halloween on historic Race Street

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Halloween labyrinth, Jim ThorpeOn the dark side of the mountain, Race Street in Jim Thorpe is a magical place.

Here at the bottom of the valley of Old Mauch Chunk in front of the Stone Row and the old church, residents and shopkeepers will gather with brooms in hand to sweep cobwebs out and magic in.

The event will begin in the Stone Row Gallery, 29 Race Street, with an exhibition of ghost photography . The work is by Kevin Yee, whose Victorian Cabinet Card Creations have been attracting the attention of serious collectors.

5:00 p.m. – Pennsylvania writer Colleen Davis will read her most recent short-short story, ” 31 Days of Ghosts.” Christian Gould will perform Edgar Allan Poe’s much-loved ‘The Raven ” in period dress.

6:30 p.m. – The sweeping ritual will begin. We welcome visitors to historic Race Street and ask they bring along their brooms, and even their Masks, and Capes to join us in circling the spiral Labyrinth in the Race Street Park..

Refreshments appropriate to the occasion will be served from antique cauldrons on the Etching press in the gallery.

Fall Foliage Festival Fun in Jim Thorpe

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Banners and colorful mums welcome visitors to the Times House B&B and historic Race Street.

On Penn Live’s Bucket List of 28 Things to Do in PA Before You Die, Jim Thorpe’s Fall Foliage Festival Weekends are here!

Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18 – Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival Weekends – Outstanding vendors (food, arts and crafts), free music events at four stages throughout the downtown area, ticketed headline shows at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, and seasonal specials from restaurants, and shops. For more information, visit http://www.jimthorpe.org/fallfoliage.htm

In addition to free live music throughout the historic district, there are some great shows lined up this weekend at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. Tonight Ted Vigil will put on an incredible John Denver tribute concert. Showtime: 8 p.m.; tickets – $26.

Damn the Torpedoes will rock the house Saturday night. The third visit to the venerable ol’ opera house for the group, the Tom Petty tribute band’s front man Rich Kubicz does Petty better than Petty does Petty, according to some. Showtime: 8 p.m.; tickets – $20. Check out video from May’s performance.

Jim Thorpe Victorian Home and Garden Tour on Sunday

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Take in the architecture and splendor of days gone by this Sunday when the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center is excited to present its Victorian Home and Garden Tour from Noon to 5 p.m.

The self-guided tour of 20 Victorian homes and gardens will offer goers a rare glimpse inside Jim Thorpe’s 19th century homes including the magnificently restored Dimmick House, the Convent home on West Broadway, the Stone Row home at Three Mountains Gallery on historic Race Street, as well as magical secret gardens such as the Friends of the Library hidden pollinator garden on Broadway.  Several private homes have never been open to the public in the past.

The Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center at 41 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe is sponsoring the fall tour to help further its mission of preserving and presenting historical artifacts, personal treasures and experiences of those who lived and worked in the anthracite coal region from the early 1800s to the present time.

The Museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Day through October 31; weekends November and December; by appointment January through May.

Same day tickets may be purchased at the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center, 41 West Broadway, Josiah White Plaza at the Train Station in Jim Thorpe, and Friends of the Library 58 Broadway. $20 adults; $10 children. Rain or Shine.

Kick off Fall fun in Jim Thorpe Wednesday night at the Broadway Grill

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Mixer20150923Come celebrate with the Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency as they welcome Fall, introduce the 2015-2016 Jim Thorpe Visitors Guide and get ready for a whole season of fun in Jim Thorpe, including Fall Foliage Festival weekends – recently  listed on a “28 Things to See or Do in Pennsylvania Before You Die” bucket list.

Sponsored by the Inn at Jim Thorpe and Rainbow’s End, the Autumnal Equinox Mixer featuring live entertainment, appetizers, raffle drawings, a cash bar and drink specials will be held at the Broadway Grill & Pub on Wednesday, Sept. 23 beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person, with every dollar raised helping JTTA volunteers promote the town.

Just 90 minutes from Philadelphia, two hours from New York and 35 minutes from the Lehigh Valley, Jim Thorpe is at the center of it all, where tourists and locals alike enjoy hiking and biking surrounded by Technicolor scenery, 36 shops, boutiques and galleries, 12 restaurants, bars and wineries, fantastic live entertainment at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, mansion, jail and ghost tours, along with a full slate of events from this weekend’s Jim Thorpe Victorian Home and Garden Tour to the Victorian Ball in November.

Sunday, Sept. 27 – Jim Thorpe Victorian Home and Garden Tour – Guided tours of historic homes and churches, along the streets of Olde Mauch Chunk. 12 – 5 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 on tour day. For more information, visit  www.mauchchunkvictorians.com

Sunday, Sept. 27 – Ghosts of Old Mauch Chunk – Exhibit of ghostly photographs in the Rex House, 29 Race Street. Presented by Kevin Yee and Race Street artist David Price. Exhibit continues on October weekends with event on Saturday, Oct. 31. For more information visit, https://www.facebook.com/JimThorpeHistoricRaceStreet

Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18 – Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival Weekends – Outstanding vendors (food, arts and crafts), free music events at four stages throughout the downtown area, ticketed headline shows at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, and seasonal specials from restaurants, and shops. For more information, visit http://www.jimthorpe.org/fallfoliage.htm

Saturday, Nov. 7, 5 p.m. – Mauch Chunk Victorian Ball – Mauch Chunk Ballroom, 41 W Broadway. Dinner and dancing. Victorian attire encouraged but not required.Tickets: $40. For more information, visit  www.mauchchunkvictorians.com

JTTA plans, presents and promotes four major festivals each year: WinterFest (February), the Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration (May), Fall Foliage (three weekends in October), and the Olde Time Christmas festival (December). These events attract thousands of visitors, who stay at hotels, B&BS, inns and campgrounds in Jim Thorpe and throughout Carbon County.

JTTA also maintains a web site, which helps potential guests plan their daytrip or extended stay in our area. Website features include photos and a description of our town, an events calendar and clickable links to accommodations, restaurants, shops and attractions.

For more information on Jim Thorpe events, attractions, accommodations, restaurants, shops and more, visit   www.jimthorpe.org