Weekend events: First Night and plenty of hoop action

STATE COLLEGE – Are you in the midst of a Christmas hangover? Nothing to do? Nowhere to go? Don’t worry, there’s a lot to do and see in Happy Valley this weekend.

Let’s take a closer look at what’s happening:

Saturday, Dec. 30

Penn State men’s basketball vs. Coppin State – The Penn State men’s basketball team returns to the court following a disappointing 72-71 loss to Rider on Dec. 22. The Nittany Lions are trying to bounce back as they wrap up non-conference play and make a push for the NCAA Tournament. The game tips at 1 p.m. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com.

“A Christmas Carol” – Want to check out a unique spin on the Charles Dickens’ classic? Adam Swartz and his puppets will perform the classic in the Attic at the State Theatre on Saturday. Show times are 1 and 4 p.m.

Penn State football vs. Washington at Fiesta Bowl – It’s here. The Penn State football team will be back in action for the first time in more than a month when it faces Washington in the Fiesta Bowl. Be sure to check out the game (which airs on ESPN) at 4 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 31

Penn State women’s basketball vs. Maryland – Looking for something fun to do on New Year’s Eve? Check out the Penn State Lady Lions as they take on Maryland at the Bryce Jordan Center at 2 p.m. Tickets? Visit www.ticketmaster.com.

First Night State College – The annual event is back as we prepare to flip the calendar to 2018. If you’ve never been to First Night, what are you waiting for? The family-friendly event takes place right in downtown State College.

Check out the always-popular ice sculptures, which will be placed in front of downtown businesses. There will be plenty of entertainment as well, from vaudeville shows and musical performances. There’s something for every taste, from classical to rock, including bluegrass, folk and jazz. There are also resolution sculptures, which give those attending a chance to say “out with the old and in with the new.”

Be sure to pick up a First Night button for $10, which gives those wearing it admission to performances and all things First Night. If you’re coming into town for the event, check out special hotel deals.

For more information about First Night, visit www.firstnightstatecollege.com.


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