Weekend events: Time to light the tree; last home game

UNIVERSITY PARK – This is it. The final home football weekend of the season has arrived.

In addition to the football game, there’s a lot going on in Happy Valley! So, get your planner out, free up your weekend and get ready to have some fun!

Here’s what happening this weekend:


Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony – The State College Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of South Allen Street and College Avenue. There will be Christmas carols, cookies and hot chocolate. There will be music and stories and Santa Claus will make an appearance to light the tree. Those attending are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy and/or a canned good. Toys will be donated to Toys for Tots, while canned goods will go to the State College Food Bank. Children who bring an item will be entered for a chance to light the tree with Santa.

The event is free. For more information, visit www.downtownstatecollege.com.

Native Sons & Daughters Series: Chris Rattie and the New Rebels – Chris Rattie and the New Rebels will perform at 8 p.m. in the Attic of the State Theatre. Rattie was born and raised in Northeastern, Pa. The Native Sons & Daughters Series celebrates local musicians.

For tickets, visit www.thestatetheatre.org.


Penn State men’s basketball vs. Columbia – The Penn State men’s basketball team is enjoying some early-season success. The Nittany Lions will try to keep their momentum going this weekend as Columbia comes to town for a non-conference game. The game tips at 7 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center.

For tickets, visit www.gopsusports.com.

Penn State Bandorama – The Blue Band and symphonic band will perform on stage beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Eisenhower Auditorium. If you are a fan of the Blue Band, you definitely want to check this out. Tickets are on sale at the Eisenhower box office or by calling 1-800-ARTS-TIX.

State High girls’ basketball presents: Moana – The Disney film will be screened beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre. Tickets are just $5 and proceeds will benefit the State College Area High School. Tickets are available at the door.


Heartland Christmas Wine Trail – The Heartland Christmas Wine Trail will be held at the Seven Mountains, Mt. Nittany and Happy Valley wineries. The event runs from noon until 5 p.m.

For more information, visit www.pawinetrail.com.

“The Exterminating Angel” – Met Opera HD will present “The Exterminating Angel” at 1 p.m. at the State Theatre. The 2016 opera, co-commissioned by the Met and sung in English, is based on the screenplay by Luis Bunuel and Luis Alcoriza for the acclaimed 1962 Bunuel film.

For tickets, visit www.thestatetheatre.org.

Penn State football vs. Nebraska – It’s Senior Day at Beaver Stadium. It’s your last chance to the amazing group of seniors and, unfortunately, Saquon Barkley, who is likely headed for the NFL. The game kicks off at 4 p.m. and tickets still remain.

Visit www.ticketmaster.com to grab your seats as the Nittany Lions continue their quest for a New Year’s Day Bowl game.


Heartland Christmas Wine Trail – If you missed the Heartland Christmas Wine Trail on Saturday, you get another chance on Sunday. The event will be held at the Seven Mountains, Mt. Nittany and Happy Valley wineries. It runs from noon until 5 p.m.

For more information, visit www.pawinetrail.com.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” – Are you ready for the holidays? Get in the spirit with the play “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” which is being performed at The Playhouse at McConnellstown. The show opens on Sunday and runs through Dec. 3.

For more information about the play, visit www.littletheater.com.


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