Winter is coming, but the fun never stops in Happy Valley. There are always major sporting events, festivals and performances just around the corner.
Here are some of the best upcoming winter events.
First Night State College – December 31
First Night State College is a great family-friendly event to close the chapter on one year and look forward to another. This annual winter festival takes place in many different Downtown State College venues. Stroll around town and look at the many different ice sculptures that line the sidewalks. Or, if you don’t want to walk, see the sculptures the old fashioned way by taking a horse drawn carriage ride.
The annual First Night State College Resolution Run will begin at 6:30PM on the corner of College Ave. and Allen St. Both runners and walkers will enjoy this course and costumes are encouraged!
Out of our six properties, the Days Inn Penn State (website) is the most convenient for this event. Located in Downtown State College, the Days Inn is just a short walk from the primary First Night attractions.
Bellefonte Victorian Christmas —December 7-9
Celebrate the holidays in the quaint town of Bellefonte. The 31st Annual Bellefonte Victorian Christmas is sure to be another memorable weekend as a new event has been added to the festival’s schedule.
The Centre County United Way’s Festival of Trees is the latest addition to this event. The Central PA Institute for Science and Technology will be transformed into a winter wonderland with decorated trees, craft vendors and entertainment.
Other activities include:
Bellefonte Homes Tour – Walk around town and give yourself a tour of some of the most beautifully decorated Victorian style homes.
Carriage Rides - Carriage rides will be offered Friday through Sunday.
Dinner with Dickens & Company – Enjoy a family dinner buffet with the characters of “A Christmas Carol.” A good time is sure to be had by all, as there will be skits, old time parlor games and more. Reservations are required. For more information click here.
Scrooge, the Musical at the State Theatre — December 14 - 16
The State Theatre and State College Community Theatre have combined to put on this musical version of the classic Charles Dickens novel “A Christmas Carol.” Buy tickets
Penn State Athletic Events
Penn State Men’s Basketball vs. Indiana –January 7
This will be one of the biggest opportunities for the Penn State basketball team. Indiana is always one of the best teams in the country and features one of the top players in sophomore Cody Zeller. See if Patrick Chambers’ talented squad can pull off the upset! Buy tickets.
Penn State Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Alabama Huntsville – February 8-9
The men’s ice hockey team is enjoying a successful division I campaign so far. Alabama Huntsville is the lone Division I opponent to come to Happy Valley this year, so don’t miss what is sure to be a competitive weekend of hockey.
Penn State Lady Lions vs. Michigan –February 24
This is one of the most important Penn State Lady Lions games of the season. Not just because they are playing a Big Ten opponent in Michigan, but because it is the annual Pink Zone game to support breast cancer survivors and awareness for the disease. $3 for every ticket sold will go to Pink Zone at Penn State fundraising efforts. Buy tickets.
Concerts and Performances
Luke Bryan Concert – February 8
Country music singer Luke Bryan has announced his first ever headline tour titled the “Dirt Road Diaries Tour.” He will be performing at the Bryce Jordan Center but tickets have not gone on sale yet. Check here for updates on when tickets will go on sale.
The Addams Family – February 14
Fans of this classic television show shouldn’t miss this musical comedy. See all of the members of the family come to life on the stage of Eisenhower Auditorium. Buy tickets
Lord of the Dance – February 17
Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance is one of the most popular tours in the world, having appeared in sixty-eight countries. The show brings together a “masterfully orchestrated combination of precision dancing, state-of-the-art lighting and pyrotechnics." Buy tickets
Penn State Events
Penn State THON – February 15-17
The largest student run philanthropy in the world returns to the Bryce Jordan Center. Since 1977, the 46 hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon, has raised more than $89 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Penn State parents, be sure to visit your son or daughter if they’re dancing. It truly is one of the most special times a year in Happy Valley. For more information about THON click here.
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