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Events

Centre Dance presents: The Nutcracker
Join us for our twist on the classic Holiday tale of The Nutcracker.
December 22nd 2019 at 3:00 pm

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Centre Dance presents: The Nutcracker
Friday, December 20th | 7pm Saturday, December 21st | 7pm Sunday, December 22nd | 3pm Join us for our twist on the classic Holiday tale of The Nutcracker.
December 20th to December 21st 2019 at 7:00 pm

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It’s a Wonderful Life
Monday, December 23rd | 1, 4, & 7 pm A young George Bailey, overwhelmed by family obligations and a sense of responsibility toward his community, feels tied down to a company he never had an int...
December 23rd 2019 at 1:00 pm

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It’s a Wonderful Life
Sunday, December 15th | 4 & 7 pm A young George Bailey, overwhelmed by family obligations and a sense of responsibility toward his community, feels tied down to a company he never had an interest i...
December 15th 2019 at 4:00 pm

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A Christmas Carol with Ted Christopher
Ted Christopher presents a reading of Charles Dickens beloved classic, A Christmas Carol. This book, which celebrated its 175th anniversary last year, has become a staple of the holiday tradition.
December 23rd 2019 at 5:00 pm

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A Live Nativity
LIVE NATIVITY: The Reason for the Season This is a 20-minute outdoor moving live presentation with narration and music of the Nativity story, featuring live animals and characters.
Ongoing from December 20th to December 22nd 2019 at 6:30 pm
Every:
  • - Sunday
  • - Friday
  • - Saturday

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Arboretum WINTER CELEBRATION 2019
Everyone is welcome to celebrate the holiday season on Friday, December 13, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at a festive gathering in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens.
December 13th 2019 at 5:00 pm

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Festival of Trees
This Year’s “Festival of Trees’ Is being organized and sponsored by The Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology as part of the event weekend.
December 15th 2019 at 12:01 pm

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Festival of Trees
This Year’s “Festival of Trees’ Is being organized and sponsored by The Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology as part of the event weekend.
December 14th 2019 at 9:00 am

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Festival of Trees
This Year’s “Festival of Trees’ Is being organized and sponsored by The Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology as part of the event weekend.
December 13th 2019 at 4:00 pm

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Midwinter Carols
Join the Orpheus Singers for an evening of classic and contemporary arrangements of favorite European carols at Grace Lutheran Church.
December 13th 2019 at 7:00 pm

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Polar Express
The Polar Express, sponsored by PNC Bank, will have a bit of a new look this year.
Ongoing from December 7th to December 15th 2019 at 2:00 pm
Every:
  • - Sunday

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Bellefonte Community Band Victorian Christmas Concert
The Bellefonte Community Band is an all-volunteer ensemble of 60 musicians from throughout the Centre Region. Join us for an evening of holiday music as part of Bellefonte Victorian Christmas.
December 14th 2019 at 7:00 pm

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The Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra Presents: A Holiday Celebration
The Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra Presents “A Holiday Celebration” Sunday, December 15, 3:00 pm Penn State Recital Hall Russ Shelley, guest conductor Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra musici...
December 15th 2019 at 3:00 pm

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Bellefonte Victorian Christmas
The 38th Annual Bellefonte Victorian Christmas is Friday, December 13h and Saturday. December 14th, 2019.
December 13th to December 14th 2019 at 6:00 pm

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Wild & Swingin’ Holiday Party
For 26 years, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s unique take on American swing and jazz music has thrilled audiences around the world, while their unique and spirited “Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party” has...
December 11th 2019 at 8:00 pm

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Nittany Ballet's The Nutcracker
Enter a magical world where toy soldiers come to life, snowflakes dance across the stage and a Sugar Plum Fairy guides a young girl on an adventure through the Land of the Sweets! Join us for this...
December 14th 2019 at 7:30 pm

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Current Articles

Holiday Gifts That Make a Difference Holiday Gifts That Make a Difference
4 days ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
It’s the giving time of the year. It’s also time for my annual reminder to focus on giving to others less fortunate than you. Do you want to give holiday gifts that make a real difference? Then read on. [Read More]
The Allure of Live Christmas Trees The Allure of Live Christmas Trees
4 days ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Lora Gauss
Though live Christmas trees, with their joyful scent and natural beauty, may only be on display in our homes for a few weeks each December, they are a year-round occupation for tree farmers across the area. [Read More]
Festival of Trees to Once Again Light Up the Holiday Season at CPI Festival of Trees to Once Again Light Up the Holiday Season at CPI
5 days ago - StateCollege.com - Holly Riddle
For the second year, the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI) is organizing the Centre County Festival of Trees, which takes place Dec. 13–15 at the school at 540 N. Harrison Rd., Pleasant Gap. [Read More]
Boalsburg Hometown Christmas Shares the Village's Rich History Boalsburg Hometown Christmas Shares the Village's Rich History
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Special to The Gazette
The Boalsburg Hometown Christmas committee welcomes local residents and those from neighboring communities to celebrate the coming holiday season on Dec. 7. [Read More]
Boal Mansion to Host Tour, Holiday Market and More Boal Mansion to Host Tour, Holiday Market and More
1 week ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Connie Cousins
The Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum, 163 Boal Estate Drive, will host three days of holiday festivities this weekend. [Read More]
Health: Stay safe while decking the halls this holiday season Health: Stay safe while decking the halls this holiday season
2 weeks ago - Town and gown
’Tis the season for decorating and gathering with family and friends to celebrate the holidays. Unfortunately, it’s also the season for an increased number of home fires and accidents around the house that can ruin an otherwise festive time of year. Many of these mishaps that result in [Read More]
Help Me! Some professional advice on making perfect Christmas cookies – even if they do look like ugly sweaters Help Me! Some professional advice on making perfect Christmas cookies – even if they do look like ugly sweaters
2 weeks ago - Town and gown
Each year, my partner, Becky, spends half the holiday season baking away in our kitchen, making batch after batch of Christmas cookies, while I mostly just enjoy them. A lot.  She usually asks me to make at least one batch to help out, and sometimes I do, but they never turn out as good as the [Read More]
Tree Lighting Event to Kick Off the Holiday Season in Downtown State College Tree Lighting Event to Kick Off the Holiday Season in Downtown State College
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Rob Schmidt
‘New look’ Polar Express among highlights of downtown State College events. [Read More]

Past Articles

Holiday Spending Habits and Potential Pitfalls Holiday Spending Habits and Potential Pitfalls
107 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Brittany N. Cox
Spending outside your means or creating debt will only create hardships and extra payments in the future. Many holiday shoppers open up credit cards thinking they will pay them off right away or make payments until next year and use those cards again. Then the bills begin to pile up in January and i [Read More]
The Avid Gardener: A Primer on Poinsettias The Avid Gardener: A Primer on Poinsettias
156 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Centre County Gazette, Lora Gauss
Nothing adds warmth to the December holiday season like the poinsettia plant. [Read More]
Toy Safety Tips for the Holidays Toy Safety Tips for the Holidays
157 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Penn State News
Pretty much all toys can look inviting to children. But it's important for adults who are buying toys this holiday season to look beyond the flashing lights and cool noises and make sure they are safe. [Read More]
Tips to manage stress over the holidays Tips to manage stress over the holidays
157 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
PORT MATILDA — The holidays are here, and with all the parties, shopping and festivities, it can be an exhausting time for many people. All these extra obligations and responsibilities can create feelings of stress, anxiety and depression in people, said Dr. Paul Damaske, family medicine [Read More]
How parents can manage children’s behavior during holidays How parents can manage children’s behavior during holidays
157 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
The holiday season is a time of a joy, love and hope. It is a time for families and friends to come together. And, for many parents and children, it is a rare time in their busy daily life schedule to relax and enjoy being with one another. The holiday season also can be a trigger for the onset [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).

 


Toys for Tots Basketball Games

 

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