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State College Celebrates New Year with First Night

by on December 31, 2019 6:00 PM

A light rain that would later mix with some snow fell over downtown State College on Tuesday, but that didn't seem to deter community members and visitors from kicking off their New Year's Eve celebrations at First Night.

The annual New Year's Eve event, produced by the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and held downtown since 1994, once again offered a day filled performances, activities, workshops, ice sculptures, carriage rides, a grand procession and the 5k Resolution Run.

Events at the family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration were continuing through 11 p.m.

Here's a look at some of what was happening on Tuesday afternoon.

The 2020 ice sculpture on South Allen Street was among the most popular photo ops among many carved and displayed around downtown during First Night on Dec. 31, 2019. Photo by Geoff Rushton/StateCollege.com

Plenty of people lined up to have a seat and get a photo at this giant ice sculpture on South Allen Street during First Night on Dec. 31, 2019. Photo by Geoff Rushton/StateCollege.com


State High Thespians presented an Enchanted New Year's Eve in the State College Municipal Building, with princes and princesses performing songs as they overcame the wicked plans of Jafar. Photo by Geoff Rushton/StateCollege.com


"Vanellope von Schweetz" sang as she looked for her prince and princess friends during State High Thespians' kid-friendly performance at the State College Municipal Building during First Night on Dec. 31, 2019. Photo by Geoff Rushton/StateCollege.com


"Anna" and "Elsa" sing in State High Thespians' at the State College Municipal Building during First Night on Dec. 31, 2019. Photo by Geoff Rushton/StateCollege.com


Visitors could tie their hopes, dreams and regrets to the tail of the First Night Phoenix in the lobby of the State College Municipal Building on Dec. 31, 2019. Photo by Geoff Rushton/StateCollege.com

The Burning Man in the State College Municipal Building collected wishes, regrets, and resolutions unkept. It would then be taken to Sidney Friedman Park and ignited at the conclusion of First Night on Dec. 31, 2019. Photo by Geoff Rushton/StateCollege.com


Edison's Clothesline is another resolution display at First Night on Dec. 31, 2019. Photo by Geoff Rushton/StateCollege.com

First Night State College has one of the largest displays of ice sculptures in Pennsylvania, including this one on South Allen Street. Photo by Geoff Rushton/StateCollege.com


This giant ice sculpture on South Allen Street was a popular attraction, one of many carved from more than 10 tons of ice for First Night State College on Dec. 31, 2019. Photo by Geoff Rushton/StateCollege.com


Revelers gathered throughout the afternoon on South Allen Street and elsewhere in downtown State College for First Night on Dec. 31, 2019. Photo by Geoff Rushton/StateCollege.com


Arietta Women’s Ensemble performed at Faith United Church of Christ, 300 E. College Ave., during First Night on Dec. 31, 2019. Photo by Geoff Rushton/StateCollege.com

Crowds walked throughout Sidney Friedman Park to check out a creative array of ice sculptures during First Night on Dec. 31, 2019. Photo by Geoff Rushton/StateCollege.com


The ice piggy bank returned for another year in Sidney Friedman Park during First Night on Dec. 31, 2019. Photo by Geoff Rushton/StateCollege.com

First Night State College visitors in Sidney Friedman Park weren't deterred by light rain on the afternoon of Dec. 31, 2019. Photo by Geoff Rushton/StateCollege.com


An ice doggie sat outside Doggie's Pub, 108 S. Pugh St., during First Night on Dec. 31, 2019. Photo by Geoff Rushton/StateCollege.com

Five-year-old Sydney Lintal, of State College, rides down the ever-popular Russian ice slide in Friedman Park during First Night on Dec. 31, 2019. Photo by Geoff Rushton/StateCollege.com



Geoff Rushton is managing editor for StateCollege.com. Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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