BETHANY—Christmas comes to Bethany Borough this weekend for an afternoon of open houses, holiday cheer and community engagement.

Residents and travelers alike are encouraged to congregate at the myriad afternoon activities happening throughout the hamlet on Saturday, December 2.

The James Manning House Bed and Breakfast, The Mansion at Noble Lane, and Bethany United Methodist Church will all have their doors open from 2-4 p.m. for fun holiday-themed activities.

Bethany's library/historical society will also be open during that span of time for its own activities and historical retrospective of the county's first seat.

According to James Manning House innkeeper Janet Heinly, “Christmas in the Village” has been formally organized for about six years, growing in popularity each time.

“I'm thrilled to open up our historic home and have people see it in all its Christmas glory,” said Heinly.

Activities at the bed and breakfast this year include a return appearance by the Honesdale High School Chamber Choir, an appearance by some Victorian strollers, and a book signing with local author Will Wyckoff.

“People love to hear the choir singing,” said Heinly.

Events taking place at the library include letter writing to Santa with Mrs. Claus, cookies and hot chocolates being served, and an antique quilt raffle, the drawing for which will take place at 4 p.m.

Heinly noted the appearance of Mrs. Clause at the event has brought a significant increase in attendance in recent years.

Also getting into the Christmas spirit, Bethany Village Senior Living Center will host its annual tree-lighting ceremony Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Following said seasonal staple, Bethany Village will also host a tricky tray raffle at 4 p.m.

Those interested in spreading and sharing holiday spirit will find ample opportunity to do so this weekend in Bethany Borough.

More information regarding Christmas in the Village is available on Facebook on the “Bethany Community” page as well as by phone at 570-253-5573.