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TGIF: State College Weekend Events for Dec. 6-8

by on December 06, 2019 5:00 AM

Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

Holiday events are in full swing, and this weekend is packed with ways to celebrate, including many festive activities in State College, Boalsburg, Lemont and Millheim.

You'll also find great concerts — from Donna the Buffalo, to a Nat King Cole Tribute, to Penn State School of Music's exhilarating "Mosaic — as well as sports and a special dining experience.

We've featured some highlights below.

There is plenty more around the region 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.



Centre Furnace Mansion Stocking Stuffer
The 17th annual Centre Furnace Mansion holiday market features the hand-crafted work of local artisans and fine antiques by local dealers. Benefiting the Centre County Historical, admission is $5 and is good for re-entry all weekend. Children 12 and under admitted free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, 1001 E. College Ave.

Boalsburg Hometown Christmas
Enjoy the rich history of Boalsburg and celebrate the holidays with the annual Hometown Christmas event. Things kick off with A Taste of Boalsburg, 7-9 p.m. Friday at Liberty Hill Clubhouse ($40, reservations required by emailing [email protected]). Hometown Christmas events take place 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday around Boalsburg, featuring breakfast with Santa, carriage rides, music, craft, book and bake sale, and much more. Tree lighting with carolers is 4:45 p.m. on the Diamond, and the Holiday Hop is 6-9 p.m. at the fire hall. See the schedule here.

Boal Mansion Home for the Holidays
Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum hosts two days of festive events. Candlelight tours ($10) will take place 5-8 p.m. on Friday, with the last tour a 7 p.m. The Kristkindl Market offers unique holiday gifts and décor from local crafters, plus food and entertainment 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Boal Barn.  A formal tea, with food and special live music, followed by a candlelight tour, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday in the mansion. ($40/reservation required). 

Merry Millheim
Millheim's annual Christmas celebration is set for Friday and Saturday in the Penns Valley borough. The holiday market, a visit from Santa, live nativity, free movie and popcorn, open mic holiday music, mini petting zoo, craft show, Christmas pageant and more are featured during the two-day event. See the schedule here.

Christmas in Lemont
The 11th Annual German-style “Weihnachtsmarkt”, celebrating Christmas in Lemont, will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Grain Elevator and Coal Sheds, 133 Mt. Nittany Road. with local crafts, music, bratwurst and treats, beverages and good spirits. Live music will be featured on Friday and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand Saturday. Lemont merchants will have special hours and offerings as part of the celebration.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Class Act Productions presents Barbara Robinson's comedic Christmas tale "​The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at State College Assembly of God, 2201 University Drive. $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, cash or check only. Donations for State College Food Bank are also encouraged.

Polar Express
This State College tradition includes a reading of "The Polar Express" and a trolley ride to Santa’s Workshop at the Municipal Building where kids will get a photo with Santa and pick out a free toy. New this year, the State Theatre will host showings of the movie "The Polar Express." Several downtown businesses will offer free activities. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday, starting at the Downtown Improvement District, 127 S. Fraser St. Sunday. Advanced registration is sold out but day-of walk-ins will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday at the Improvement District office. Continues next weekend. See full details and schedules here


First Friday
Downtown State College's monthly celebration has a holiday flavor for December. Penn State's Apollo, benefiting THON, hosts its first  Winter Village from 3-7 p.m. in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza on South Fraser Street, featuring musical performances and food and craf vendors. Webster's Bookstore & Cafe, 133 E. Beaver Ave. hosts a Holiday Market from 5-9 p.m., with handmade jewelry, up-cycled one-of-a-kind clothing, textiles, tarot readings, live music and food. A Holiday Pop Up Party from 6-9 p.m. at The Makery, 209 W. Calder Way, includes cocktails, carols and a local makers market. You'll also find more music, dance, art and specials at downtown businesses throughout the evening. Check out the full lineup.


Christmas Extravaganza 
Join Calvary Church, 150 Harvest Fields Drive in Boalsburg, for a fun morning of Christmas activities along with a pancake breakfast (donations accepted), a cookie sale benefiting Calvary Global Kids, and a silent auction benefiting families in need at Christmas. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m., children's activities at 9 a.m.

Christmas with the Choral Society
The State College Choral Society’s popular family Christmas concert includes carols, Bach’s famed short cantata “Wachet Auf,” and an audience sing-along, at 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 205 S. Garner St. Guests include Centre Brass, classical guitarists Bridget Gindhart and Joshua Morgan, Park Forest Middle School’s Sylvan Singers, and the Hollidaysburg Area High School choral group Fantazia. Free admission and no ticket is required, but audience members are encouraged to bring a contribution for local food banks.

A Christmas Cantata
Essence 2's annual holiday concert will feature selections from ‘Born to Die,’ a Christmas Cantata by composer Glenn Burleigh, at 4 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 250 E. College Ave. The choir will be joined by members of the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers and the Capital Area Music Association. 

Christmas in State College
Christ Community Church, 200 Ellis Place, hosts its annual Christmas in State College event from 6-8 p.m., with bounce houses, crafts and activities, vendors, tree lighting, carols, petting zoo and much more. Free and open to the community

Lady Grey's Naughty Nutcracker
For a spicier adult take on the classical ballet, Lady Grey and her Lovelies present a grown-up, steampunk version of "The Nutcracker."  Songbirds, bellydancers, and hoofers help kick off the holidays with the Lovelies' evening of vaudlesque  at 7 p.m. in Bremen Town Ballroom 105 E. Main St., Millheim. 

Craft Fairs and Holiday Markets

Ferguson Township Elementary Holiday Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 215 W. Pine Grove Rd. Affordable, locally made gifts, bake sale, door prizes and gift wrapping.

Park Forest Villiage UMC 50th Annual Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 1833 Park Forest Avenue. Specialized vendors, Christmas and seasonal items and a huge bake sale, plus lunch items served 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

44th Annual Winter Craft Market, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. More than 65 juried craftsman feature their handmade works of art.

• Old Gregg School Winter Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 106 School Street, Spring Mills. Shop from nearly 40 arts and crafts vendors while enjoying food and live music. Don't forget to stop by Nittany Valley Model Railroad Club to see their impressive train display.

Rhoneymeade Winter Gift Market, noon-4 p.m., 177 Rimmey Road, Centre Hall. Aunique collection of wreaths made from the arboretum greens, gifts by local artists and live music by Eric Ian Farmer.

Meet Santa

Nittany Lion Inn Breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m., Call 814-865-8590 for required advanced tickets. Continues Dec. 14.

• The Corner Room Breakfast with Santa, 8 a.m.-11 a.m. No reservations necessary. Continues Dec. 14 and 21.

Milk & Cookies with Santa, 1-3:30 p.m. Dolce Vita Desserts, 2490 Commercial Boulevard. $8 at the door.

Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Boalsburg Fire Hall, 113 E. Pine St. Part of Boalsburg Hometown Christmas. $5 admission.

Santa Paws, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pets Come First, 2451 General Potter Highway, Centre Hall. Fundraiser for the animal shelter includes individual photo sessions for monetary donation. Continues Sunday 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Pet Photos with Santa, 1-4 p.m., Petco, 40 Colonnade Way. $9.95 for family photos, including pets, with Santa. Proceeds support local animal rescue organizations. Continues Dec. 14-15

Pet Photos with Santa, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tractor Supply Co., 965 Benner Pike. Pet photos are $10 and proceeds benefit One Dog At A Time animal rescue group. 


Alternative Christmas Fair
Choose meaningful gifts of charitable donations in honor of friends and family at the annual Alternative Christmas Fair, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at University Baptist & Brethren Church, 411 S. Burrowes St. Meet volunteers from 26 local, national, and global nonprofits who can help you learn more about their programs. Fairgoers can write one check to cover multiple donations and receive gift cards to notify honorees of the gifts made in their names. All donations go directly to the organizations. Soup and sandwich lunch also available, with proceeds supporting next year's fair.

Happy Holidays Ice Show
Members of the Nittany Valley Figure Skating Club as well as students of the Learn to Skate program will showcase their skills to entertain all ages at 1 p.m. on the varsity ice at Pegula Ice Arena. Admission is $5, free for ages 5 and under.


Donna the Buffalo
Donna the Buffalo brings its dynamic mix of country, rock, bluegrass, Zydeco and more to The State Theatre for an 8 p.m. show on Friday.

An Unforgettable Night of Nat King Cole
Vocalists Elizabeth Webb, Andy Tolins, Natty Lou Race, and Tyne Palazzi team up with Rick Hirsch and the 17-piece Zeropoint Big Band to interpret the classic songs of Nat King Cole at 7 p.m. Saturday at The State Theatre. Proceeds will support the nonprofit theater.

Darin Rex
Port Royal, Pa.-native singer-songwriter Darin Rex will be joined by guests Bethany Nicole and Chris Ruble for a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday in The Attic of The State Theatre

Barnes, Gordy & Walsh
Roots and bluegrass trio Matt Barnes, Grant Gordy and Joe K. Walsh stop at Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks for an 8 p.m. Saturday show.

The Penn State School of Music presents its annual showcase, Mosaic, at 4 p.m. Sunday in Eisenhower Auditorium. Featuring both large and small ensembles, as well as the school’s most outstanding soloists, performances span genres and centuries, merging in a sonic and visual musical journey. 




Taste of the Twenties
Step back in time and experience the ambiance of the 1920s at 4 p.m. Sunday at Cafe Laura, Mateer Building, University Park Featuring hors d'oeuvres & desserts by Penn State chefs and mixology by Big Spring Distillery, tickets include hors d'oeuvres, desserts, one cocktail, one sample flight and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages. Must be 21 or over to attend this event. Presented by Penn State Schoolof Hospitality Management students, the event benefits the Centre County United Way. Purchase tickets ($38) here.




Penn State Women's Hockey
For their final series of the calendar year, the Nittany Lions host RIT at 6 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday in Pegula Ice Arena.

Penn State Women's Volleyball
The No. 11 overall seed Nittany Lions open NCAA Tournament play against Princeton at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Rec Hall. The winner will face Towson or American at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Rec Hall.

Nittany Valley Half-Marathon
Now in its 36th year, the Nittany Valley Half-Marathon is one of the region's most popular road races. The race starts at 10 a.m. Sunday at Snider Ag Arena (walkers at 9 a.m.). See registration and race info.

Penn State Wrestling
The Nittany Lions welcome Penn to Rec Hall at 2 p.m. Sunday

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