Hawley for the Holidays

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.

Winterfest | Dec 9-11, 2016

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!

Home for the Holidays in Hawley

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.

Oct 1 | The Harvest Hoedown

Get into the spirit of fall and dive into a colorful pile of festive activities and autumn beauty!
One of NEPAs favorite annual events, The Hawley Harvest Hoedown celebrates fall in the charming town of Hawley.

Hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership, enjoy this great weekend packed full of cider tastings, brews, contests, demonstrations, family activities, crafts, day and night entertainment, fresh locally grown foods, local maple syrup, pies, local business specials and deals and so much more on the main and side streets of Hawley on Saturday, Oct 1 beginning at 10am.
Several other organizations, including the Hawley Fire Department, The Hawley Library and area churches will also be holding special events and activities. For more details, please visit  www.hawleyharvesthoedown.com.

Visit Hawley Harvest Hoedown Site

As a finale to Saturday’s festivities, high energy local bluegrass, folk, rock and americana bands, Mountain Wave, The Dishonest Fiddlers & Cavage & Sudigala will perform at the Ritz Theater in a triple-bill. The show begins at 8:00 pm at the Ritz Theater located at 512 Keystone Street in Hawley and Cocoon Catering will provide refreshments at the show. This year’s concert is being produced by Sonusgrey Media & Productions. Doors will open at 7:30pm.

Tickets may also be purchased in person at Doodles & Such located at 121 Main Ave, Hawley, PA 18428 on Thursdays-Saturdays from 10am-5pm and Sundays from 10am-4pm beginning Aug 26. When purchasing with cash or check in person, the additional appx. $2 online ticketing fee is avoided.

Welcome to Hawley, PA Video


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!