• Megen Banas will be attending Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania.

  • Taylor Zabrenski will be attending Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

  • Brandon Murtha will be attending LCCC in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania.

  • Hunter Yale will be attending LCCC in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania.

  • Codi Hornlein will be attending Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania.

  • Megan Murphy will be attending Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania.

  • Katie Butczynski will be attending Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania.

  • Miranda Bohn will be attending Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania.

  • Aaron Miller was accepted to Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Brandon Karavitch will be attending Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.

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The holidays in NEPA

Taylor Zabrenski, Student Writer

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year and nothing is better than spending quality time with family, friends and loved ones. The festivities featured in this article are the perfect way to celebrate the holidays in NEPA.


  • Koziar’s Christmas Village (Bernville, PA): Driving through the darkened countryside and coming over that last hill on the unlit country road is like driving into a fairyland. Suddenly you find yourself in a dazzling valley set aglow with more than one million Christmas lights adorning buildings, gift barns, and landscape. A reflective lake adds to the stunning beauty of this magical place. Celebrating 70 years of season’s greetings, Koziar’s Christmas Village has grown to a mammoth and extraordinary seasonal attraction drawing visitors from great distances as well as local families who have made Koziar’s part of their Christmas tradition for three generations.    (http://www.koziarschristmasvillage.com/home/)

  • Nay Aug Park Light Display (Scranton, PA): All throughout December, Nay Aug Park in Scranton, Pennsylvania is lined with an astonishing light display. This festive walk or drive through activity is perfect for people of all ages.

  • Lehigh Valley Zoo Winter Light Spectacular (Schnecksville, PA): Lehigh Valley Zoo, as well as presenting sponsor Christmas Decor, kicked off its fourth season of the Winter Light Spectacular on Friday, November 10. Last season, the popular nighttime fundraiser for the Zoo attracted over 52,000 guests across 35 event nights. This season’s Winter Light Spectacular will feature 36 scheduled event nights on Wednesday through Sunday from November 10, 2017, to December 31, 2017. They are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Winter Lights Spectacular is the Zoo’s largest fundraiser of the year that enables the growth of all the zoo’s animal conservation efforts. Lehigh Valley Zoo and Christmas Decor have enhanced the entire Winter Light Spectacular experience, raising the bar with new technology, more prominent displays and improved value to guests. All in all, Winter Light Spectacular features over one million energy conserving lights! (https://www.lvzoo.org/event/winter-light-spectacular/)

  • Berwick Christmas Boulevard(Berwick, PA): From decorated Christmas trees to elaborate displays, Market Street is once again the home of Berwick’s Christmas Boulevard. People come from near and far to see the displays and lights. It is run by the Berwick Boulevard Association. The display is organized so people can drive down Market Street at night and check out the Christmas lights. Berwick’s Christmas Boulevard will open the first weekend in December through December 31st from 6-10p.m.. Organizers say this is the one of the longest-running Christmas lights display in our area. (http://wnep.com/2016/12/09/christmas-boulevard-lights-up-berwick/)

  • Hershey Park Christmas Candylane & Hershey Sweet Lights (Hershey, PA): Throughout the holiday season, Hershey Park is decked out with Christmas decor and activities. Hershey Park’s Christmas Candylane includes holiday themed rides,  festive lights and entertainment, and Santa and his reindeer. Hershey Sweet Lights is a drive through light show that stretches two miles and features over 600 displays!(http://www.hersheypark.com/seasons)


Christmas Tree Farms

  • Helen & Ed’s Tree Farm (Wapwallopen, PA)

  • Roba Family Farms (North Abington Township, PA)

  • Brown’s Tree Farm (Muncy, PA)

  • Elizabeth Farms Christmas Trees (Lititz, PA)
  • 3D’s Tree Farm (Plymouth, PA)
  • Fourever Tree Farm (Wapwallopen, PA)



  • Jerry’s For All Seasons (Dunmore, PA): Jerry’s is packed full of the best and brightest decorations. From the classic to the unique and everywhere in between. Choose from hundreds of the most perfect real Christmas trees, big ones, small ones, short ones, and fat ones. There will be plenty for you to choose from. And if a real tree isn’t your thing, check out the magnificent display of artificial life-like Christmas trees in every color and style. Don’t forget to add some lights to make your holiday’s bright – Jerry’s has the absolute largest selection of Christmas lights, in every color, size, and style you could imagine. Plus don’t forget about our massive display of outdoor décor items for your yard and front porch. (https://www.jerrysforallseasons.com/christmas-wonderland/)

  • Christmas Land, Main Hardware (Wilkes-Barre, PA): For all of your Christmas needs since 1974! Christmas Land has 12 rooms of lights, trees, wreaths, ornaments, blow molds, and other unique, festive, items at great prices. (http://m.facebook.com/mainhardware.christmasland)

  • Dundee Gardens (Hanover, PA): Dundee Gardens is a local business that has gifts, collectibles, accessories, home decor, clothing, outdoor living, and a special section dedicated to holiday home decor and the perfect gift for a loved one.

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