Christmas Market is Dec. 7, 8 and 9 in Scranton’s historic Globe Store


SCRANTON — The Lackawanna County Commissioners, the Arts & Culture Department and the Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau have teamed up to sponsor a magical holiday weekend of fun for all ages along with showcasing the renovations of the historic Globe Store that will consolidate, in the not-too-distant future, all county offices in the new Lackawanna County Government Center.

The event, scheduled for Dec. 7, 8 and 9, is modeled after medieval European winter markets that began in Vienna in 1296 when Emperor Albrecht 1 granted shopkeepers the right to set up extra days in early winter the so that townspeople could stock up on provisions for the winter months. The markets gradually led to the more festive “Christkindlemarkts,” Christmas Markets, in Germany at which vendors would sell more holiday-related items such as woodcarvings, roasted nuts, gingerbread. These markets also featured entertainment, food and hot mulled wine.

Christmas markets are still in operation throughout Europe and are taking a foothold in many cities in the United States. The Lackawanna County Winter Market will be in a large, industrial tent with heat and electricity to keep everyone warm and dry. The market will feature 60 vendors, a lounge area with food by The Backyard Ale House and music by a variety of performers.

Santa will be on hand with children’s activities. The Junior League and Scranton Tomorrow will assemble a historic Globe Store display as well as promote the downtown businesses that people can also visit during the weekend.

Local artists will paint the front windows following a Winter Wonderland theme. The event will kick off at 5 p.m. as part of First Friday Scranton with the lighting of the Globe Store, featuring holiday music by the Scranton and Valley View High Schools’ choirs, and hot chocolate and cookies by the Scranton Chapter of UNICO and LaFesta Italiana of Lackawanna County. Horse and carriage rides by Brook Valley Farms will be available free of charge.

The 1,000th shopper though the door Saturday, Dec. 8 will receive a reusable Winter Market tote bag. There will be a wide variety of musical entertainment throughout the weekend, ranging from Arcadia Chorale and students from the Northeastern, Pennsylvania Philharmonic Mentoring Program to solo acts and jazz trios.


Friday, Dec. 7

5 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Friday, Dec. 7

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Arcadia Chorale

6:45 to 7:45 p.m. — Dani-elle Kleha

8 to 9 p.m. — J.P. Biondo & Friends

Saturday, Dec. 8

11 to 11:30 a.m. — Nativity Miguel School Choir

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Jacob Cole and Mark Woodyatt

12:45 to 1:45 p.m. — LittleStarRun

3:15 to 4:15 pm Mariah Hawley

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. — NEPA Philharmonic Mentoring Program

5:45 to 6:45 p.m. — Justin Padro Jazz Trio

Sunday, Dec. 9

11 a.m. to noon — Jim Cullen and Jack Bordo

12:15 to 1:15 p.m. — NEPA Philharmonic Mentoring Program

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. — The Malloy/Waltich/Smith Christmas Jazz Trio

2:45 to 3:45 p.m. — Patrick McGlynn


A Day to Remember

Airmidian Natural Remedies

AOS Metals

Art by Sam Kuchwara /Allison LaRussa

Backyard Ale House

Bank Street Pottery

Bootlegger Bo’s Gem Mine

Boutique Libertina

Can Tees

Carmella’s Italian Deli & Pastries

Country Girl Kettle Corn

Dale B. Craft

Debra J. Colarossi Salon

Dots and Dashes Jewelry

E Boutique Bows

Earth and Wears

Embroidery 4U

Fly Me Home

From Drab to Fab

Gravity Line Forge

Gypsy Cottage

JMS Photography

K & D Creations

K.K.’s Crochet Corner

Nick D.’s Video Game Vault

Kathy’s Crochet

Katie’s Kreation

Krafts BY Konopka

Lamberton Designs

Little Gems by Em

Lk’s Wreaths & Accessories

Lola French Macaroons

Lucchi Family Wine Cellars

Maiolatesi Wine Cellars

Mark Ciocca Illustrations

Nelstra Gallery

Newkirk Honey

Not Your Grandma’s Cross Stitch

NOTE Fragrances


Pittston Popcorn

Pratt Woodcraft

Pure Suds Co.

Reclamation Industrial Furnishings

Rynkiewicz Dips and Mixes

Sam’s Wreaths and More

Shpoppy Shawn’s Shmoked Cheese

LLC, Stone Fawx Studios

Sugar Plum Chocolates

Tammy’s Stained Glass Treasures

Tarnowski Brothers Kielbasi

The Baklava Lady

The Soap Box

The Sweet Lush Cupcakery

The Wandering Brew

ig & Cooney’s

Valerie Kiser Design

Vikki’s Nut House

Wilbur’s Barkery

LLC, Woodland Way

Yo Adrienne
Event will be held in historic Globe Store