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TGIF: State College Weekend Events for Dec. 7-9

by on December 07, 2018 5:00 AM

The holiday season is in full swing and you'll find a packed calendar around the area with festivals, craft fairs, performances, family activities and much more.

Christmas celebrations come to Bellefonte, Centre Hall and Lemont. First Friday in State College brings some holiday cheer. And the State College Santa Crawl hits the town for a great cause.

Plus you'll find fantastic seasonal performances from ballet to choral to orchestral and more.

These are just a few of the highlights, and we've compiled much more below

This isn't all that's happening, either. There is plenty more around the area for you to enjoy and you can find it all on our calendar page. Explore the weekend's events and add your own if it isn't listed. Or see our Bar Tour and Movies pages for more options this weekend or anytime.


Bellefonte Victorian Christmas
4-8 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, downtown Bellefonte. Festival of Trees is at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology each day and Bellefonte Under the Lights Winter Market is on the waterfront walk and Lamb Street bridge 3-9 p.m. Saturday. See the weekend details and schedule here.

Art Alliance Potters Guild Sale
Ceramics sale offering ornaments, mugs, bowls, platters, flower pots, sculptural forms and more handmade by local artists. 6-9 p.m. Friday (with refreshments, holiday music and many artists on site); 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and noon-4 p.m. Sunday at Art Alliance of Central PA, 824 Pike Street, Lemont.

Centre Hall Community Christmas
Sponsored by the Centre Hall Council of Churches. See schedule and locations here.

Penn State Hockey
No. 9 Penn State hosts No. 5 Notre Dame in a top 10 weekend showdown. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Pegula Ice Arena. Ticket info


Christmas Bazaar
Find treasures, from low-priced collectibles to holiday decorations to jewelry, books and more, plus a huge bake sale, at Park Forest Village United Methodist Church, 1833 Park Forest Avenue. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Christmas in Lemont
The 10th annual German Christmas Market will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Granary, 133 Mt. Nittany Rd. Lemont. See the schedule of activities and vendor lineup here.


Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance
A tribute will be held at 12:45 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Military Museum, beneath the guns of the battleship USS Pennsylvania, which witnessed the Pearl Harbor attack. More info.

Arboretum Winter Celebration
Holiday tree displays, a cappella performances of seasonal tunes and hot cocoa and cider. 5-7 p.m. in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens at the Penn State Arboretum. Details.

First Friday
Downtown State College's monthly celebration features art, music, snacks and for December, caroling, special gift opportunities and holiday activities like gingerbread house making. 5-8 p.m., various locations. See the lineup here.

Jazz in the Attic: Charlie Brown Christmas
The Rick Hirsch Quartet plays swinging holiday tunes, including iconic Vince Guaraldi gems from "A Charlie Brown Christmas." 7 and 9 p.m. in the State Theatre Attic. Tickets and details.

Our Gift in Song
Penn State's Essence of Joy celebrates the holiday season with its free concert at 7:30 p.m. in St. Paul United Methodist Church, 250 E. College Ave. Details.


Palmer Art & Ornament Sale
The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State hosts its annual Holiday Art and Ornament sale, with one-of-a-kind ornaments, jewelry, and artwork by invited artists. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.  

Polar Express
Pre-registration is closed. See details on walk-in registration here. Listen to the story of "The Polar Express" in the Schlow Library Children’s Department and ride the trolley through Downtown State College. Children will receive a small drawstring bag with a bell and a coin to spend at Santa’s Workshop. Photos with Santa will be available at Santa’s Workshop. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 2-4:20 p.m. Sunday.

Design Your Own Gift Wrap
Kids can bring their gifts and wrap them in their own creative, one-of-a-kind gift wrap. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 2-4:20 p.m. Sunday; Schlow Library Children's Activity Room.

Toys for Tots at Penn State Basketball
Penn State men's basketball hosts Colgate at 2 p.m. Saturday and the Lady Lions take on St. Bonaventure at 2 p.m. Sunday. Bring a new unwrapped toy to the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office on game day and get a $5 ticket. More info.

The Nutcracker
Nittany Ballet's popular annual performances of "The Nutcracker" will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in Eisenhower Auditorium. Tickets.


Christmas Extravaganza
Cookie sale, breakfast, silent auction, free children's activities and more from 8 a.m. to noon at Calvary Church, 150 Harvest Fields Drive, Boalsburg.

Run Rudolph Run 5k
The fourth annual wintry fun 5k run/walk begins at 9 a.m. on the 200 block of South Allen Street in State College. Proceeds benefit the Centre County Youth Service Bureau and the Pat Boland Memorial Internship Fund for Penn State communications students. More info.

Bill Welch Memorial Cartoon Series
Enjoy an hour of your favorite Looney Tunes classic cartoons, with free admission. 10 a.m., The State Theatre.

Old Gregg School Winter Craft Fair
Shop for gifts from among nearly 40 vendors while enjoying food and music from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old Gregg School Community and Recreation Center, 106 School Street, Spring Mills. 

Christmas with the Choral Society
The State College Choral Society will perform its annual Christmas concert at 3 p.m. in Grace Lutheran Church. No ticket required, but attendees are asked to bring a dry or canned good for the State College Food Bank.

There's a Holiday for That
Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop explores obscure and unusual holidays through a variety of dance styles. 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre. Details.

Lady Grey's Naughty Nutcracker
Lady Grey's Lovelies offer a grown-up, late-night cabaret take on the classic tale. 8 and 10 p.m. in the State Theatre Attic. Restricted to patrons 18 and older. More info.

Santa Crawl
State College's largest adult holiday event will visit 20 downtown bars and restaurants for its 15th year. Wristband sales to be part of the crawl benefit the Pat Boland Memorial Internship Fund for Penn State communications students and can be purchased at one of three starting spots. The crawl officially begins at 8 p.m. More details here.


A Classical Christmas Celebration
The Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra's festive performance features highlights from Handel's "Messiah" and  other holiday orchestral works, with the Orpheus Singers and guest conductor Christopher Kiver. 3 p.m. at the State Theatre. Tickets and info.

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