If you’re dreaming of a white winter wonderland filled with snowy mountain slopes, dazzling holiday lights and cozy bonfires, then a holiday getaway to your favorite Pennsylvania Ski Resort is a great choice. Not only will you find plenty of powder amidst picturesque landscapes, but some of the region’s best holiday festivities, too. There is something for everyone to enjoy from traditional holiday light celebrations to thrilling New Year’s Eve skiing and tubing parties and you might even catch a glimpse of Santa on the slopes, too.

For starters, here are a few options, organized by region from our friends at SkiPA.com.


1. Ski with Santa

This year Santa, an accomplished skier and snowboarder will be dashing down all the ski trails at Shawnee Mountain in true holiday spirit. It’s a perfect time to grab the kiddos small and big alike and spend the afternoon hitting the slopes with the Jolly old elf himself.
When: December 22, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Shawnee Mountain Ski Resort, East Stroudsburg
Cost: Free with Lift Ticket

2. New Year’s Eve Tubing, Fireworks & Torchlight Parade

Kick off the New Year at Big Boulder for a night to remember. Enjoy a torchlight parade starting at 8:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9 p.m. Tube under the stars with your friends and family and celebrate the New Year in style.

When: December 31, 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: Big Boulder, Blakeslee
Cost: Lift Tickets for Skiing and Tubing

3.New Year’s Eve Tubing Party

Families looking for a fun way to ring in the New Year are in for a night of thrills with a special New Year’s Eve Tubing Party at Blue Mountain.  Party incudes unlimited tubing, music with DJ, dinner, dessert and a champagne toast for guests 21 and up.

When: Tuesday, December 31, 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Where: Blue Mountain Resort, Palmerton
Cost: Adults (21 & Up) $59 per person. Youth (20 & Under) $49 per person


4. Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy a breakfast buffet with Santa at beautiful Blue Knob Resort.  It’s the perfect       way to kick off the holiday season.  from 9 a.m. until noon.

When: Saturday, December 21, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Blue Knob Resort, Claysburg
Cost: $12 for ages four and up. Children three and under are free. 

5. New Year’s Family Celebration at Blue Knob

If you'd rather spend New Year’s Eve with the family this year, then spend it at the summit of Blue Knob All Seasons Resort. Blue Knob is kicking off the New Year with a family-friendly evening filled with plenty of activities for the kids, live music, fireworks and plenty of powder time on the mountain. The slopes will be open until 10 p.m. and there will be an extra snow tubing session from 10 p.m. until midnight.

When: Tuesday, December 31, 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Where: Blue Knob All Seasons Resort, Claysburg
Cost: Free with Lift Ticket

6. Ring in the New Year at Liberty Mountain

Liberty Mountain is ringing in the New Year with late-night skiing and snowboarding until 1 a.m., fireworks at midnight and a variety of special events happening around the resort. Special Lift Tickets will be available from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. and 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.  There is also a reservation only Late-Night Snow Tubing Bash at Boulder Ridge, which features a fun night of snow tubing complete with an all you can eat late night buffet, DJ, photo booth and fireworks.

When: Tuesday, December 31
Where: Liberty Mountain Resort, Carroll Valley
Cost: $56 per person for Tubing Bash. See resort web site for lift tickets.

7. Late-Night Snow Tubing Bash at Boulder Ridge

Tube in the New Year with a fun night of snow tubing complete with an all you can eat late night buffet, DJ, photo booth and fireworks.

When: Tuesday, December 31, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Where: Liberty Mountain Resort, Carroll Valley
Cost: $56 per person, reserve ahead

8. New Year’s Tubing Celebration

Ring in the New Year Adventure Snow Tubing Style. Round up your friends and family and celebrate at Whitetail. This year’s event will include a buffet-style variety of pizza, chips, soda, hot chocolate and cookies. Tickets include three hours of snow tubing and unlimited pizza buffet. Space is limited and reservations are required.

When: Tuesday, December 31, 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Where: Whitetail Resort, Mercersburg
Cost: Price is $43.95 per person for buffet and tubing, $18.95 per person for buffet only and $8 for buffet and kiddie tubing for ages two to four. 


9. Light Up Nemacolin

Take in the gorgeous lighting and decorations that grace Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and catch the holiday spirit. Join in as we Light up Nemacolin and celebrate the holiday season, Festivities include Christmas carolers, ice carving demonstration in front of the Chateau Lafayette, food truck, holiday characters and holiday celebrations that are sure to impress. In addition to over 2 million lights, and the debut of the newest light show “Twas the Night Before Christmas” there will also be train rides and a variety of holiday workshops.

When: December 20 and 27, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Mystic Mountain at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington
Cost: $5 per person for train rides

For more great winter vacation ideas at Pennsylvania Ski Resorts, visit SkiPA.com.