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State College and Centre County: Black Friday Deals and Holiday Ideas

by on November 21, 2012 6:00 AM

Happy Holidays! Thanksgiving is only 24 hours away, with the rush to start – and in some shoppers' cases, finish – holiday shopping before the turkey is fully digested. 

State College is the spot for the best Black Friday deals! Whether it's at the Nittany Mall or patronizing the downtown – don't forget to shop local businesses and shop small – the 814 is your destination for seasonal success. 

State College Downtown Improvement Director George Arnold gave us the scoop on the best deals in town once Black Friday rolls around. Arnold's comprehensive lists are below.

At the mall, 2901 East College Ave., Sears opens its doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

A host of stores, including aerie, Aeropostale, American Eagle, Bath & Body Works, Best Buy Mobile, Bon-Ton, Champs Sports, Charlotte Russe, Claire's, Dino's, Express, Finish Line, Freedom Wireless, Gap, Gap kids, Gymboree, Hot Topic, Journey's, Justice, King's Jewelry, Kozee's Emporium, Lids, Macy's, maurices, PacSun, PretzelPlus, Rue21, Shoe Dept. Encore, Sprint, Strawberry, Victoria's Secret and Zale's open at midnight on Friday in the mall. 

AT&T, Auntie Anne's, Cellular Access, Cellular Connection, CVS Pharmacy, GameStop, Gardner's Candies, GNC, Gold Buyer's, Hallmark, Hickory Farms, Kay Jeweler's, Kitchen Collection, Nittany Furniture, Nittany Sandwich Works, Payless, Piercing Pagoda, Radio Shack, Sunglass Hut and Zale's open at 5 a.m.

Garfield's opens at 7 a.m. and is offering a breakfast buffet to patrons, according to the mall website, and Nittany Nails opens at 9 a.m. Europe Nails, Holiday Hair and Pearle Vision open at 10 a.m. 

WalMart is open 24 hours and features deals and events starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday. WalMart is located at 1665 N. Atherton St. 

Best Buy opens at midnight and is offering doorbuster sales. Best Buy is located at 1650 N. Atherton St. 

Coming up: 

Boalsburg's Hometown Christmas runs Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and offers events from caroling to a cookie contest to breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Get complete information here.

More interested in helping others than yourself this holiday? Be sure to check out these volunteer opportunities, from the Salvation Army to Toys for Tots. 

For even more, our complete holiday guide has you set for the season. 

2012 Black Friday Specials

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