Honesdale for the Holidays

Historic Honesdale offers up its famous holiday hospitality during the annual Honesdale for the Holidays event on Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25, which is sponsored by Wayne Bank. Many of Honesdale’s fine stores and businesses will host "Open Houses" with seasonal warmth for their shoppers, clients and visitors. We invite you to browse through the great variety of shops, learn about the wonderful local services, and dine at one of the many restaurants and cafes.

Honesdale’s shops offer a large variety of great products including beautiful gifts, clothing and footwear for young and old, electronics and appliances, health care products, jewelry, bridal fashions and more. Our merchants are famous for their knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful service.

The Fred Miller Pavilion on Honesdale’s historic Main Street will be alive with holiday music on both days. Plan to stop and enjoy DJ Tom Emanski on Friday from Noon to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our holiday music is sponsored by GHP member RE/MAX WAYNE and  Meagher Insurance Agency.

Friday, November 24 will also feature Honesdale’s Annual Santa Parade. The parade, which kicks off at 6:00 p.m., starts at Main and Fourth Streets, proceeds up Main Street, turns right on tenth Street, and proceeds to Honesdale’s Central Park. Activities in Central Park immediately after the parade and co-sponsored by our friends at 95.3 DNH & Classic Hits 105.3, will include the lighting of the Star on Irving Cliff, the lighting of the Christmas Tree in the park and Holiday Music, all under Santa’s twinkling eyes. And there will be time for the children to visit with Santa after the festivities. Preceding the parade, enjoy the joyful sounds of the Honesdale High School Chamber Choir as they stroll Main Street.

On Saturday, November 25, beautifully clad Victorian strollers will promenade downtown and craft vendors will dot Main Street near the pavilion. Make sure to look for Santa and his buddies as you stroll the streets.. They may have a special treat for that good little boy or girl.

The Greater Honesdale Partnership will also be offering a FREE holiday shopper’s trolley from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. This free trolley will not only offer shoppers and visitors the chance to leave their car parked in one location throughout the day, but will offer a historic tour of the downtown area for their enjoyment. Our holiday shopper’s trolley is proudly sponsored by Beck, Gogolski, Poska & Co., Dirlam Bros. Lumber Co., and Grimm Construction.

Also on Saturday, enjoy the St. Nicholas Faire at Grace Epsicopal Church, 827 Church Street and while there, stop in at the Stourbridge Model Railroad Club. They will be hosting an Open House in the Grace Episcopal Parish Hall located from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Model Railroad Club has created a large HO gauge railroad display that depicts the mythical town of Wayne. Take a step back into time as you enjoy watching this beautiful recreation.

The Wayne County Historical Society Museum, located at 810 Main Street, right in the center of town, features a full-scale replica of the famous Stourbridge Lion – the first locomotive to run on a track in America. The museum, celebrating its first hundred years,  also contains many interesting photographs from days gone by, and is open on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. They invite you to join them for their annual Open House on Saturday, November 25, beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Be sure to pick up this year’s collectible holiday ornament, or one of many other holiday gifts available in their gift shop.

And the Stourbridge Line rail excursions will be offering Santa Express rides at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Go to www.thestourbridgeline.net or call 570-470-2697 for more information. All Aboard!

This Thanksgiving Day weekend, we all have many things to be thankful for. The Greater Honesdale Partnership invites you to tour Historic Honesdale and give thanks for the rich history that makes Honesdale and Wayne County the special places that they are.

There will be many continuing events throughout December. Be sure to check out our special events listings at VisitHonesdalePA.com often for updates. And this holiday season, we thank all that Shop Honesdale! Eat, Shop, Play & Stay, in Honesdale, PA!