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Welcome to the StateCollege.com Holidays page. Use the links below to discover whats happening right here in State College and Centre County.

Events

The Nutcracker presented by Centre Dance
Friday, December 19th, 2014 | 7pm Saturday, December 20th, 2014 | 7pm Sunday, December 21st, 2014 | 3pm Price: $10 (+$2 ticketing fee) Join our AVID Dance Productions featured Senior Company m...
December 19th to December 20th 2014 at 7:00 pm

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Holiday Classics Storytime
Join us for a special Holiday Storytime on Friday, December 19 at 7:00 pm featuring holiday classics such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and The Night Before Christmas.
December 19th 2014 at 7:00 pm

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Holiday Lights on the Lake
oliday Lights on the Lake is a fifty-one acre dazzling display of lights and animation at historic Lakemont Park, in Altoona, PA.
November 21st to January 4th 2015 at 6:00 pm

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First Night State College
First Night State College takes place in downtown State College, Pennsylvania and on adjacent University Park campus of The Pennsylvania State University on December 31, 2014.
December 31st 2014 at 7:00 pm

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It’s a Wonderful Life
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. 12/22 and 12/23 | 4pm and 7:30pm Pricing: $5
December 22nd to December 23rd 2014 at 7:30 pm

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It’s a Wonderful Life
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. 12/22 and 12/23 | 4pm and 7:30pm Pricing: $5
December 22nd to December 23rd 2014 at 4:00 pm

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Santa Photos
Santa will be here to visit and take photos with the kids from November 14th through December 24th.
November 14th to December 24th 2014 at 12:05 pm

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A Charlie Brown Christmas
Saturday, December 20th @ 12 noon, 1:30 pm, and 3 pm ($8 +$2 ticketing fee) For the second year, FUSE brings the delightful Charles Schultz Peanuts characters to life on the stage of The State Thea...
December 20th 2014 at 12:01 pm

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Articles

State College Mother on a Crusade to Provide Gifts to Needy Children State College Mother on a Crusade to Provide Gifts to Needy Children
6 days ago - StateCollege.com - Michael Martin Garrett
“I think about Christmas morning, and those kids waking up and finding the things under the tree that they’d hoped would be there,” Dimidio says. “That’s what it’s all about. That’s what keeps me going.” [Read More]
Penn State Arboretum Starts New Holiday Tradition Penn State Arboretum Starts New Holiday Tradition
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Michael Martin Garrett
The Arboretum at Penn State began a new holiday tradition this year with a winter celebration featuring music, hot chocolate, and ornaments made by children around State College. [Read More]
Toys for Tots to Bring Joy to Hundreds of Children Toys for Tots to Bring Joy to Hundreds of Children
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Michael Martin Garrett
“When we started we only had 20 drop off points throughout the entire county,” Weller says. “Now we have over 250 collection sites, which is an increase from last year. It grows a little bit each year.” [Read More]
Holiday Favorite 'The Nutcracker' Coming to Eisenhower Auditorium Holiday Favorite 'The Nutcracker' Coming to Eisenhower Auditorium
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Gazette Staff
"The Nutcracker" transports audiences into a magical world in which toy soldiers come to life, snowflakes dance across the stage and the Sugar Plum Fairy guides a young girl, Clara, on an enchanted adventure through the Land of the Sweets. [Read More]
Vamos! Lion Chariot Shifts Gears Into Holiday Season Vamos! Lion Chariot Shifts Gears Into Holiday Season
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Dana Rothstein
The annual tree-lighting ceremony was held downtown. Holiday lights are strung through the trees along Allen Street. And now there's something else residents can get lit up about ... a ride in a peddle-driven rickshaw that's decked out in a dazzling display of holiday decorations. [Read More]
Christmas Tree Vendors Prepare for Increased Business As Holiday Approaches Christmas Tree Vendors Prepare for Increased Business As Holiday Approaches
2 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Michael Martin Garrett
“We’ve been coming here for many years. It’s a tradition at this point,” Kenepp says. “We always prepare for the cold and bundle up, come out and pick out a tree. It’s a fun time for us.” [Read More]
Q&A with Sally Houser, the 'heart and soul' of Victorian Christmas Q&A with Sally Houser, the 'heart and soul' of Victorian Christmas
2 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
BELLEFONTE — Sally Houser is considered by many to be the heart and soul of Bellefonte Victorian Christmas. I recently caught up with her on behalf of the Centre County Gazette to talk about this year's event Centre County Gazette: What's new with Victorian Christmas this year? Sally Houser: [Read More]
Hope in a Box: National Organization Gives Jared Box Project Extra Reach Hope in a Box: National Organization Gives Jared Box Project Extra Reach
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Matt Allibone
“I’m tearing up just thinking about it,” Weakland says. “It’s touching to see how much it has grown and it’s incredible someone would choose this as a service project.” [Read More]
Food pantries preparing for holidays Food pantries preparing for holidays
5 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
Between travel and gift expenses, the holiday season can be costly, especially for those with moderate- to-low incomes. For those who rely on food pantries to help feed their families, serving regular meals in addition to putting together a traditional holiday-sized meal can be daunting, if not [Read More]

Volunteering

Red Cross

Salvation Army


State College Area Food Bank

  • Volunteers needed for holidays to pack bags, stock shelves and general office work.
  • Visit website
  • 814-234-2310

   
Toys for Tots - link

  • Toy donations should be new, unwrapped toys for infant through young adult (13 and above).
  • Wrapping Schedule:Penn Stater Conference Hotel (Open to public)
  • Saturday December 13th 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Open session for the public.
  • Sunday December 14th 2:00 PM to 4:00 P.M. Open session for the public.
  • Monday December 15th 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Open session for the public.
  • Tuesday December 16th 1:00 P.M. until complete - Open session for the public.
  • Thursday December 18th – 6:00 P.M. Clean-up and transfer of remaining toys – Open to the public

Those attending wrapping sessions are asked to bring a food item being collected to support Centre County Food 
Pantries.


Toys for Tots Basketball Games

  • PSU Men vs. VA Tech Wednesday December 3
  • PSU Lady Lions vs. Wagner Sunday December 7  

 

Shopping

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Recipes

Tah chin, submitted by Maryam Neshastehriz,

Who won a $50 gift certificate to Alto for her holiday Persian rice dish, below:

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 Figgy Yam Saute over Wild Rice, submitted by April Myers,

Chef and owner of The Enchanted Kitchen

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe by Chef Harrison Schailey

Of Harrison's Wine Grill & Catering (at the Hilton Garden Inn), 1221 East College Ave.

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