The cold weather means only one thing in Hawley–fun and unique winter activities, from eagle watching and frozen golf to an ice slide. Plan your visit and join the fun!
In the winter, our region is home to hundreds of bald eagles, which fly south when lakes and rivers freeze over in upstate New York and Canada. Get up close and personal with these magnificent birds at Eagle Day on January 7th at the Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, which includes presentations with live birds of prey. Or, join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy for an Eagle Watch bus trip, scheduled on select Saturdays in January and February, and take a scenic guided tour while you look for eagles.
Or, how about golfing on a frozen lake? The 25th Annual Ice Tee Golf Tournament is also coming up on January 29, hosted by the Chamber of the Northern Poconos at the Waterfront at Silver Birches. Golfers of all ages and abilities will be out on Lake Wallenpaupack enjoying the day and the friendly competition. Learn more and register.
Then, from February 3rd through the 26th, visit Sculpted Ice Works for Crystal Cabin Fever – Once Upon a Time, where story books will be brought to life in ice. Don’t miss your chance for a trip down the 50-foot ice slide!
And all winter long, ski and snowboard with Ski Big Bear, with exciting slopes for beginners and experts alike.
Our little town is looking like a winter wonderland already, with a fresh dusting of snow and twinkling lights. On the left is the beautiful view of the town from the Hawley star, soon to be lit for the holiday season. And, if you’ve been fortunate enough to walk or drive down Main Street recently, you’ve seen the town cozily decked out in snowflake lights and light poles wrapped to look like candy canes thanks to help from Teeters Furniture and Myers Tree Service.
We’re busy getting ready for Winterfest, coming up in just a few short weeks on December 9-11. This is the 18th anniversary of this popular Hawley festival with holiday activities filling each day. Read our blog post below or visit the official Hawley Winterfest site at www.HawleyWinterfest.com for more details and the full schedule of events. Plan your itinerary, view specials and packages, and view the photo gallery from past events.
Hawley, PA proudly presents its annual pre-holiday winter celebration each December with twinkling lights by night and merry crowds, non-stop activities, and snowflakes by day.
This year’s Winterfest Weekend is set for December 9th through the 11th, with 2016 marking the 18th anniversary of the beloved event. Click here to enjoy photos from past Winterfests!
Originally established in 1999 to celebrate Hawley’s Victorian roots and the passing from the 19th through the 20th and into the 21st century, Hawley Winterfest has become one of the best-known holiday traditions in the region. Venture to this lovely small town nestled in the lake region of the Pocono Mountains and you will find a jolly dose of activities to delight waiting for you at every turn. From delicious holiday fare to the sounds of the season filling the air, a children’s show at the community theatre, artists and authors mingling with residents and visitors alike, ice carving, gingerbread decorating, a spin in a horse-drawn carriage, homes boasting decked halls on the holiday house tours, and so much more – all make for a Winter Weekend Wonderland. Visit Official Site!
The holiday spirit is coming to Hawley, PA! Enjoy the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree in the Bingham Park bandstand on Friday evening, November 25th. The ceremony will coincide closely with the lighting of the beloved Hawley star, which sits on top of the ridge behind Spring Street and Bellemonte Avenue. The tree will be lit in time for Small Business Saturday and to mark the beginning of the holiday season.
The holiday star has illuminated the town from Thanksgiving until just after Russian Christmas with little interruption since 1958—although the actual star has been replaced twice, once in 1980 and again in 2000. Jerry Arnold of Woodland Avenue and Tom Bates of Highland Street help to maintain the star with help from the community.
The star has an interesting history—it was installed when the late Joe Unger wanted to honor the birth of his daughter, Ann Marie. After Unger passed away, Arnold and Bates decided they wanted to keep the tradition going and continue this gift to our community. Read the full story in the News Eagle.
Gazebo photo by George Hibbs.
Nestled in the northeast Pocono Mountains lake region, Hawley is a growing, historic small town full of activity, culture and fun with an abundance of charm.
Your choices are endless in the lake region from outdoor adventure to historic exploration. Hawley is a great place to live, work, play, shop and of course visit.
Enjoy countless events and activities throughout the year. We have a full calendar of events, festivals, fairs, parades, shows and entertainment for you to enjoy every season all year long.
On behalf of the Downtown Hawley Partnership (DHP) members, we invite you to explore, experience, and appreciate our authentic small town. Enjoy … and come home to Hawley!