Take a breath from the hustle and bustle and step back in time for Jim Thorpe's Olde Time Christmas Festival, where the town nestled in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains rolls out the red carpet for visitors with an extra dose of holiday spirit.

The annual Olde Time Christmas festival will be celebrated three weekends this year: Dec. 2-4, 10-11 and 17-18.

The celebration kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, with the Olde Time Christmas Parade, featuring a live Nativity, choir, Dickens' characters, a horse-drawn carriage, the Jim Thorpe Marching Band, singing and dancing youth groups, not to mention the Jolly Old Elf himself.

The parade starts at the Immaculate Conception Church, 180 West Broadway and travels down Broadway to the Josiah White Park at the train station. A tree lighting ceremony will follow the parade at 6 p.m. in the park.

Throughout the Olde Time Christmas festival, goers will enjoy train rides with Santa, strolling carolers, the town decked out in Victorian holiday style, train displays, a mug walk, holiday plays and shows, concerts at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, and shopping Jim Thorpe's unique shops for that perfect gift.

For more information, visit www.jimthorpeoldetimechristmas.com [1].