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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

Holiday Hike!
Take some time during your Holiday break to accompany the naturalist for a wild winter walk! Work off the cookie calories while meandering around the local trails to explore what the afternoon bring...
December 28th 2013 at 2:00 pm

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A Christmas Carol With Tony Lentz
Master thespian Tony Lentz will perform his annual dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol in our Downsbrough Community Room. Relive this tradition or begin a new one.
December 19th 2013 at 7:00 pm

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Noel, Jesus is Born!
Christmas Cantata The community choir consists of approx.
December 22nd 2013 at 2:30 pm

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SCCT Presents: Its a Wonderful Life- A Radio Play
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast.
December 19th to December 21st 2013 at 7:30 pm

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Christmas Cantata to be Presented
“The Night Christ was Born” will be presented by the sanctuary choir of the Mt. Nittany United Methodist Church. Under the direction of Mrs.
December 21st 2013 at 6:00 pm

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First Day Hike
Enjoy snowshoeing on a 2.1 mile hike on the first day of the New Year! This hike will follow the Hay Road Trail to the Indian Trail. Meet at Boat Launch #3 on West Side Road.
January 1st 2014 at 1:00 pm

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A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage!
Three performances only, Saturday, December 21 at 1:30, 4, and 7 pm! Following on the heels of the hit “A Year with Frog and Toad,” FUSE Productions presents the new stage version of the belove...
December 21st 2013 at 1:30 pm

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Letters to Santa/Santa's Mailbox
Santa’s Mailbox, a repurposed U.S. Postal Service mailbox, will be located outside The Corner Room from November 29 to December 20.
November 29th to December 20th 2013 at 10:00 am

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Santa Photos
November 16-December 24 Center Court Monday-Friday Noon-8pm; break 3:45-4:45pm Saturday 10am-8pm; break times 1-1:45pm & 4:30-5:15pm Sunday Noon-6pm; break 2:15-2:45pm Black Friday (Nov...
November 16th to December 24th 2013 at 11:00 am

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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Monday, December 16th| 4 & 7:30p Tuesday, December 17th| 4 & 7:30p Wednesday, December 18th| 4 & 7:30p Thursday, December 19th| 4 & 7:30p Pricing: $5 – (Plus $1 ticketing fee per ticket) An...
December 16th to December 19th 2013 at 7:30 pm

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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Monday, December 16th| 4 & 7:30p Tuesday, December 17th| 4 & 7:30p Wednesday, December 18th| 4 & 7:30p Thursday, December 19th| 4 & 7:30p Pricing: $5 – (Plus $1 ticketing fee per ticket) An...
December 16th to December 19th 2013 at 4:00 pm

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White Christmas (1954)
A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.
December 23rd 2013 at 4:00 pm

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A Christmas Story (1983)
Ralphie has to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s.
December 23rd 2013 at 7:30 pm

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Santa Express Tickets are on sale now!
Santa Express returns on the weekend of December 20, 21, & 22, with our traditional one hour, family oriented, round trips. Enjoy a Christmas themed adventure for all ages.
October 31st to December 20th 2013 at 7:00 pm

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Our Lady of Victory Band and Choir
Come and enjoy Holiday music as performed by the OLV band and choir at 10:00am in the JCPenney courtyard!
December 17th 2013 at 10:00 am

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Twas the Week Before Christmas
Sat., 14 Dec 2013, 9:00 AM-Noon at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center.
December 14th 2013 at 9:00 am

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FIrst Night State College
First Night State College is well known for its outstanding displays of carved ice.
December 31st 2013 at 10:00 am

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Centre County Toys for Tots
2013 Toys For Tots Wrapping Schedule Penn Stater Conference Center 2nd Floor Saturday December 14th 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon Youth Groups & Scout Troops 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
December 14th to December 18th 2013 at 2:00 pm

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Pet Photos with Santa November 18-December 16
6-8pm Remember to include your pets in a Holiday keepsake. Center Court. Please use entrance C near Garfield's.
Ongoing from November 18th to December 16th 2013 at 6:00 pm
Every:
  • - Monday

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Volunteering

Red Cross

  • Call 814-237-3162 if you are interested in becoming a regular volunteer.
  • Check back on the Centre Communities Chapter Website http://centre.redcross.org/ for additional blood drives each week

Salvation Army


State College Area Food Bank

   
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 14th 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Open session for the public.
  • Sunday December 15th 2:00 PM to 4:00 P.M. Open session for the public.
  • Monday December 16th 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Open session for the public.
  • Tuesday December 17th 1:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. - Open session for the public.
  • Wednesday December 18th – Only if needed
  • Thursday December 19th 6:00 P.M. Clean-up and transfer of remaining toys – Open to the public


Toys for Tots Basketball Games

  • Free admission for students and youth under age 18 with a new toy and adults will receive a ticket for $5 with a new toy.
  • Dec. 7: Nittany Lions vs. Marshall
  • Dec. 15: Lady Lions vs. Texas A&M

 

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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Articles

The Angels Among Us The Angels Among Us
31 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
The pictures that parents and Jared Box builders send are heart wrenching. Little bodies, hooked up to to tubes and machines, some without hair, smiling from their hospital bed as they hold their Jared Box on their laps. [Read More]
Tenth Annual State College Santa Crawl Attracts Hundreds of Revelers Tenth Annual State College Santa Crawl Attracts Hundreds of Revelers
31 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Steve Bauer
If you braved Saturday's snowstorm you might have noticed a crowd of Santa Claus lookalikes cruising the streets of State College. It's all part of a growing holiday tradition that raises money for the Pat Boland Scholarship Fund. [Read More]
Christmas Tree Farms Scramble to Keep Up With Demand Christmas Tree Farms Scramble to Keep Up With Demand
31 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Report
For area Christmas tree farms December provides a crash course in crowd control. They have to be ready to handle hundreds of customers -- all of them searching for the perfect Frasier Fir -- or maybe a nice Blue Spruce. As the Centre County Report found out, getting ready for those crowds takes a lo [Read More]
Three Minutes of Holiday Heaven, Santa Conducts Trombone Chorus Three Minutes of Holiday Heaven, Santa Conducts Trombone Chorus
32 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Steve Bauer
Dozens of children jammed into Eisenhower Chapel Thursday to see Santa Claus conduct the Penn State Trombone Choir in a program of yuletide favorites. From the Twelve Days of Christmas to Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer, it's classic holiday fun for everyone- [Read More]
The angels among us The angels among us
32 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
BELLEFONTE — In the spirit of the holiday season, my columns for this month will feature friends and neighbors who make a difference in our community. This week, I would like to introduce you to Gerald Lyons. I was dropping our dogs off at Lyons Kennels for the family vacation last summer [Read More]
Students Design One-of-a-Kind Holiday Ornaments to Help Shelter Dogs & Cats Students Design One-of-a-Kind Holiday Ornaments to Help Shelter Dogs & Cats
32 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Steve Bauer
"I love animals and I sometimes volunteer at PAWS," says eighth grader Anna Harris. "So what I'm doing in school is also helping the thing I do at PAWS." [Read More]
Jingle Bells Needed at Salvation Army Red Kettles Jingle Bells Needed at Salvation Army Red Kettles
33 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jennifer Miller
If you don't hear the bells ringing when you're out shopping, that means the Salvation Army probably needs your help. "We rely heavily on the kettle season to support us throughout the year, but we also have a lot of faith that we will be provided for as well." [Read More]
Distraction of the Day: Penn State Christmas Light Show Distraction of the Day: Penn State Christmas Light Show
33 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Onward State Staff, Kevin Horne
After winning over the internet (although probably not his neighbors) with this video of his Christmas light display synchronized to popular Penn State fight songs, Witt is back at it again this year with an even more impressive and Penn State-centered display. [Read More]
The Angels Among Us The Angels Among Us
33 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Patty Kleban
"Every year I read the Angel Tree Christmas wish lists and every year I cry. This one got to me today. It is from a teenage boy and his six wishes include: two tee-shirts, cologne, deodorant, a light jacket, and a toothbrush." [Read More]
The Joy of Giving The Joy of Giving
33 weeks ago - Town and gown
Christmas was approaching, the SEAL wrote, and his unit was deployed at a remote location with no running water, and what seemed like no chance of a holiday celebration. Then, on Christmas Eve, a helicopter dropped boxes that contained MFM stockings. [Read More]
For Those Who Dare: A Party Planning Guide for the Thanksgivukkah Host For Those Who Dare: A Party Planning Guide for the Thanksgivukkah Host
34 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Marjorie Miller
Those who observe both holidays may be a little nervous about how to celebrate the freaky fusion of the Day of Thanks and the Jewish Festival of Lights. Or they may be thrilled at the prospect of double the celebration and double the food. But what food to serve? [Read More]
State College Food Bank Scrambling to Handle Heavy Thanksgiving Load State College Food Bank Scrambling to Handle Heavy Thanksgiving Load
34 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Adam Lidgett
"This is the busiest ten days of the year," Pioli says. "This is a food bank, so like any other non-profits we have budgets and we have to pre-plan the product." [Read More]
Turkey Tracking, the Quest for a Less Stressful Thanksgiving Meal Turkey Tracking, the Quest for a Less Stressful Thanksgiving Meal
35 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Connie Cousins
You probably won’t have to track your turkey, call him, or shoot him, but there are some things that you need to do to keep your holiday meal on track. Number one is of course — make a plan. [Read More]
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