HAWLEY - The 19th Annual Hawley Winterfest arrives on Friday, December 8 for a busy three-day festival packed full of activities for the whole family.

“Halloween has just concluded, but the charming town of Hawley soon will be bustling with the magic of the winter holiday season,” said event organizers.

Local businesses have put together a series of events, including many of the most popular annual favorites: the Virgin Consort, the Historic House Tour, the show at The Ritz, horse and carriage rides, author book signings, the Artisan Fair, the Painting Raffle, and much more.

Virgin Consort

On Friday December 8, the "Virgin Consort" will present a newly arranged elegant blend of traditional and Victorian carols sung by a professional ensemble of eight a cappella voices from New York City under the dynamic direction of Hawley resident Kyler Brown. The concert will take place at the Hawley United Methodist Church and begins at 8 p.m. Advance ticket sales are available at The Settlers Inn, the front desk at Silver Birches, and the Hawley Library.

Historic House Tour

On Saturday, December 9, the Historic House Tour will be an unprecedented opportunity to view four privately owned Delaware and Hudson Canal Lock Houses dating from the 1820's. This one-day only, self-guided tour will begin at Lock House 31 with a map and directions. Tickets are $20 and are available for advance purchase at the Hawley Silk Mill, Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, the Hawley Library, Teeter’s Furniture, and the Wayne County Historical Society in Honesdale.

Horse-drawn rides

Create a new holiday tradition with nostalgic horse drawn carriage or wagon rides from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Board the carriages at Miss Elly’s Antiques on Church Street; carriage rides are $8 per person and wagon rides are $5.

Christmas play

For laughs and merriment, take in the annual Christmas show at The Ritz Company Playhouse on both Saturday and Sunday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. This is a free children’s holiday play full of music, colorful costumes and good cheer.

Artwork raffle

Take a chance at winning this year's original artwork painted by local artist resident Barbara Briden. This year's painting is a vibrant framed watercolor of "The Hawley Victorian Ladies," three exquisitely restored Victorian homes on Church Street. The painting is a seasonal joy and can be seen at the Hawley Library. Raffle chances are available at the Library, Doodles & Such, Teeter's Furniture and the Visitor Center.  

For more detailed information, call the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center at 570-226-2141 or pick up a Hawley Winterfest rack card.  For a complete schedule of events and continuous updates, visit www.HawleyWinterfest.com or follow Hawley Winterfest on Facebook.

Hawley Winterfest is presented by the Downtown Hawley Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the high standard of living that the community and tourists enjoy. For more information, visit www.visithawleypa.com.  The event is made possible through the generous contribution of local sponsors, donations, volunteers, participating residents and merchants, and the 2017 Winterfest Committee.