TGIF: State College Weekend Events for Dec. 8-10

TGIF: State College Weekend Events for Dec. 8-10

Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

It's another big weekend for holiday events around Centre County. Bellefonte Victorian Christmas and the Festival of Trees, the Arboretum's Winter Celebration, Pop Up Ave, craft markets and holiday sales, concerts and much more are all on the schedule this weekend.

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
Celebrating its 36th year, Bellefonte's Victorian Christmas is a full weekend of holiday events, with music, craft sales, carriage rides, kids activities, breakfast with Santa, a Dickens troupe a new History on Wheels Tour and much more throughout the weekend. Things get under way on Friday with carriage rides from 4 to 8 p.m. and opening ceremonies and entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m. on the diamond. [Full schedule]

Festival of Trees
Benefiting the Centre County United Way and held in conjunction with Bellefonte Victorian Christmas, the Festival of Trees and Holiday Marketplace is Friday through Sunday at CPI, 540 North Harrison Road, Pleasant Gap. Featuring 65 uniquely decorated and lighted Christmas trees, the weekend also includes a craft market, entertainment, pictures with Santa, food, kids activities and a wreath auction. The festival is 4-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children.

Arboretum Winter Celebration
The Penn State Arboretum will host its annual Winter Celebration from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens. The evening will include a variety of holiday music, hot chocolate, and the opportunity for visitors to walk through extravagant holiday displays.

Potter's Guild Holiday Sale
The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania Potters Guild hosts its annual holiday sale Friday through Sunday at the Art Alliance, 824 Pike Street, Lemont. The event begins Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., including an opening night reception and live music. It continues 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Jazz in the Attic: Charlie Brown
Have a Joe Cool Yule with swinging holiday favorites, including many of the iconic Vince Guaraldi gems from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" . Starting at 8 p.m. in The Attic at the State Theatre, The Rick Hirsch 3 will present an evening of warm jazz to help you get ready for the holidays.


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

Ten Thousand Villages Craft Market
Ten Thousand Villages of Central PA will have a Fair Trade International Craft Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at State College Presbyterian Church, 132 W. Beaver Ave. Inventory of fairly traded crafts, jewelry, scarves, and household items has been replenished with popular and new products. Fairly traded coffee, tea and chocolate also will be available for purchase. The market will be open again on Dec. 11.

Winter Craft Fair
The Old Gregg School Community and Recreation Center, 106 School Street, Spring Mills, hosts the annual Winter Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with 40 vendors, live music and food.

Pop Up Ave Holiday Market
Pop Up Ave, the urban-style pop-up flea market, returns with its first Holiday Market from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 100 block of South Fraser Street and at The Makery on West Calder Way. The event features a curated selection of vendors, food offerings and live music.

Polar Express
Listen to the story of "The Polar Express" in the Schlow Library Children's Department, then children will be given a velveteen pouch containing a bell and a coin to spend at Santa's Workshop. After a trolley ride around the block, attendees will arrive at Santa's winter wonderland. Upon arriving at Santa's Workshop (State College Borough Municipal Building), children can get a photo taken with Mr. Claus and will be given a print. There is also a card creation station where children can use their photo with Santa to create a decorative card for someone special. Readings occur every 20 minutes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and 2 to 4:20 p.m. on Sunday

The event is free and pre-registration spots are filled. Learn about day-of walk-in registrations here.

Christmas with the Choral Society
The State College Choral Society’s third annual Christmas concert will be held at 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 205 S. Garner St. With classic Christmas carols, brass and organ and an audience sing-along for the whole family, the concert includes special guests the Bellefonte Area High School Chorale. No ticket required, but bring a canned/dry food item to donate to the State College Food Bank.

Penn State Basketball
The Nittany Lions host George Washington at 4 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center. With a new toy for Centre County Toys for Tots admission is $5.

The Nutcracker
The Performing Arts School of Central PA presents its annual performance of the holiday classic "The Nutcracker" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Eisenhower Auditorium. [Tickets]

Penn State Hockey
The Nittany Lion men's hockey team hosts Robert Morris at 7 p.m. in Pegula Ice Arena. The annual Teddy Bear Toss benefiting THON and other philanthropies will be held and fans are encouraged to bring a new or lightly used teddy bear to toss on the ice during the second intermission. Limited standing room and verified resale tickets are available.

Acoustic Brew
The Early Mays (Emily Pinkerton, Ellen Gozion, and Rachel Eddy) are known for their flawless three-part harmonies that come to life when performing songs in an old-time style. They'll take the stage at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Well-Being, 123 Mount Nittany Road, Lemont, as part of the Acoustic Brew series.

Lady Grey's Naughty Nutcracker
Lady Grey's Lovelies offer a grown-up version of the classic tale at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. in The Attic at the State Theatre. Admission is restricted to patrons 18 and older.

State College Santa Crawl
Celebrating its 14th year, the State College Santa Crawl returns starting at 8 p.m. Eighteen downtown State College establishments will participate in the bar crawl, and wristbands are available for $20. All proceeds benefit the Pat Boland Memorial Internship Fund.


Houserville Christmas Market
The Christmas Market from noon to 4 p.m. at Houserville UMC, 1320 Houserville Road, includes craft vendors; baked goods, soups, and more for in-house consumption or take-away; a community Christmas carol sing-along at 2:30 p.m.; and live music by Carol Pharo and the Academy of the Performing Arts. Proceeds benefit the Mommy Shoppe, a store providing free and low-cost clothing, infant supplies and more to over 600 families in need in Centre County.

The Barn at Lemont Holiday Open House
Enjoy light refreshments, wine tastings, kombucha mocktails, candle-making, a live painting demonstration and more while you shop at The Barn at Lemont's Holiday Open House from 1 to 5 p.m.

Handel’s Messiah
The Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra presents Handel's "Messiah" at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The State Theatre. The concert is an exciting, all-professional performance of the timeless holiday classic with soloists, orchestra and the Orpheus Singers.

Front Country at Elk Creek
San Francisco-based American roots band Front Country brings its East Coast tour to Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks,100 W. Main St., Millheim at 5 p.m.

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