More Olde Time Christmas fun in Jim Thorpe – no mittens required

OTCheaderNew (2)Despite the mild December weather, you can still wear your ugly Christmas sweaters  but there’s no need for mittens this weekend to enjoy Jim Thorpe’s 34th annual Olde Time Christmas Celebration this weekend.

There are train rides with Santa, strolling musicians, carolers, and Evan the 7-foot Elf. There’s storytelling and Gingerbread houses on display at the Dimmick Memorial Library. A Christkindlmart will be held at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Route 903 and 5th Street on the East side, from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, with a free organ concert, tours, food, gifts and even a yard sale.

Back to the historic district- At 2 p.m. on Saturday, folks will get the chance to worship the way the Packer and Sayre families would have done when the parish was founded. On the National Historic Register, St. Mark’s and St. John’s Episcopal Church, 21 Race Street Saturday, will celebrate a Victorian Eucharist from the 1789 Book of Common Prayer. The combined choirs from Trinity Church, Easton and St. Mark’s and St. John’s will provide the musical offering during this liturgy.

According to the Rev. John Wagner, all baptized Christians are welcome to receive the Eucharist.

The liturgy will be followed by the 21st Century equivalent of High Tea (coffee, tea and baked goods) to be served in the Great Hall.  During that High Tea, music from the Victorian Age will be offered by the Trinity Church, Easton, choir.

There is to be no charge for attendance at either the Eucharist nor the High Tea.  Offerings will be gladly accepted.

Come Saturday night, local favorite Craig Thatcher will return to the Mauch Chunk Opera House for his Rockin’ Christmas Show. For tickets and info, visit

Sunday afternoon, there will be a special presentation of the 40 Story Radio Tower with J.F. Hiatt onstage at the Opera House. Some may know the playwright from his Olde Time Christmas fireside stories at the Gilded Cupid.

For the complete schedule of Olde Time Christmas fun, visit

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