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Holiday Celebrations throughout Centre County

Celebrate the holidays in style in Centre County with festive shows, historic tours and world-class entertainment. Book your long weekend now and get ready to eat, drink and be merry in Centre County this holiday season! And don't miss out on travel packages & deals and special New Year's Packages for the holiday!

There are a variety of holiday and Christmas events throughout the region. Catch the lights in downtown State College, buy some gifts Lemont German Christmas Market, brush shoulders with the Dickens characters at Bellefonte Victorian Christmas and much more. 

And for more great ideas and local events, pick up a Visitors Guide as well.

2017 Holiday Events:


Boalsburg Hometown Christmas

When: Dec. 1 - 2, 2017 | Times Vary

Sponsored by the Boalsburg Village Conservancy, this celebration demonstrates the epitome of community as local merchants and businesses come together. Located in picturesque Boalsburg, the town makes for a perfect setting for a holiday event. 

What Kind of Events Take Place at Boalsburg Hometown Christmas:
Cookie Contest, a Taste of Boalsburg, Breakfast with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, crafts with Santa's elves, a book sale, sing-along, story time with hot chocolate, carriage rides, fresh cider, museum tours, a holiday hop and more.


9th Annual Christmas in Lemont

When: December 1 - 2, 2017 | Dec. 1 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM; Dec. 2 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Lemont Village Green
Bellefonte Art Museum Holiday Show and Sale

The 9th Annual German-style “Weihnachtsmarkt”, celebrating Christmas in Lemont, with local crafts, music, bratwursts and treats, beverages, and good spirits, will be held Friday, December 1st, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 2nd. Local products and arts and crafts will be offered by 17 vendors in the grain elevator and coal sheds at the Granary in Lemont, 133 Mt. Nittany Road. 




The Arboretum At Penn State's Winter Celebration

December 8, 2017 | 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens in The Arboretum at Penn State

Welcome the holiday season in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens on Friday, December 8, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Seasonal décor will include a tall tree showcased in the Glass House in the children’s garden and holiday trees in the children's garden, at the overlook pavilion, and along the main walkway. A highlight of the evening will be performances on the event lawn by a cappella ensembles singing a mix of popular and seasonal tunes. Performances will begin at 5:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome to bring blankets and chairs to place on the lawn facing the stage. Hot cocoa will be for sale on site. Holiday displays will remain in place until January.




Bellefonte Victorian Christmas

December 8 - 10, 2017 | Times Vary

Travel back in time and enjoy the ultimate Victorian Christmas in Bellefonte with holiday classics like Dickens, caroling, arts & crafts, food, tours and much more.

The 35th Annual Bellefonte Victorian Christmas opens Friday, December 8th and extends through Sunday, December 10th, 2017. For the opening ceremonies on Friday you are invited to gather at the Bellefonte Elementary School at 6:30 p.m where you’ll be greeted on the front steps by SCCT Walk-A-Bout Dickens Characters and the Bellefonte Community Band.


December 9 -10, 2017 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Lincoln Caverns

Santa will be stopping by Lincoln Caverns to visit with all the good children!  See him in the caves, where professional photography provided by MJEMS will be avaliable with a $5.00 Donation to Huntingdon County Toys for Tots!  Toy donations will also be accepted!  Shop unique holiday gifts for friends and family.  All ages are invited to attend!



First Night State CollegeFirst Night State College     

December 31, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Downtown State College, Allen Street

First Night State College takes place in downtown State College, Pennsylvania and on the adjacent University Park campus of The Pennsylvania State University each New Year’s Eve. It’s a great event for the whole family!

There are one-block ice sculptures in front of downtown businesses, on the Mayor Welch Plaza, and in Sidney Friedman Park. Don’t miss the giant ice walls on the 100 block of South Allen Street. Take in a vaudeville show or musical performance – or two, or three! We have something for every musical taste, from classical to rock, including bluegrass, folk, and jazz.

No celebration of New Year’s Eve would be complete without resolutions. Our resolution sculptures provide the perfect opportunity to say “out with the old and in with the new!” After grabbing a bite to eat – at a restaurant or from one of our food vendors – you’ll probably feel just a tad romantic — the perfect time for a carriage ride through downtown!

Be sure to sign up for our ever-popular 5K Resolution Run, too. It’s even more fun if you wear a costume! And if that’s not enough exercise, take the CATA White Loop to Pegula Ice Arena for an evening of ice skating!

Your First Night button is your ticket to about 30 great performances and other events! Pick yours up at area merchants or order them online during the last couple of weeks of December.

And by all means, stay the night! Several State College hotels offer special First Night packages each year.


These listings are just a small portion of available events in Centre County. Click here to view our full event calendar!

Make sure you book your rooms well in advance of your visit. Our Lodging Availability page will help you find the perfect room for your holiday getaway. And don't miss our Travel Packages & Deals page to catch all the local specials.