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Shop for the Holidays, Eliminate Stress and Save With our New Alumni Discount Plan!

The holiday season is quickly approaching and while it might be the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be very stressful.

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Upcoming Events, Shows and Sporting Events in Happy Valley.

If you haven’t visited Happy Valley yet this year, the next two months are as good a time as any to make a trip. There’s so much to see and do. There’s top-notch sporting events, world-class concerts, holiday festivals and much more.

No matter what you fancy, there’s something fun for you and your family in Happy Valley. Plan your trip today!

Area Events

Holiday Open House

November 9-11 – Tait Farm

This annual event will provide early holiday cheer with delicious local foods.

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Bellefonte Victorian Christmas

December 7-9 – Bellefonte

Experience Christmas in Victorian Bellefonte with a plethora of fun events. Tour seven historic Victorian homes beautifully decorated inside and out for the holidays. Take your kids to breakfast with Santa so they can get their last minute gift wishes to him. You can also take a stroll through the festival of trees.

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First Night State College

December 31 – Downtown State College

Celebrate the New Year with this traditional winter festival! There will be live music, hot food and beverages, ice sculptures lining the streets of State College, carriage rides and more!
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Bryce Jordan Center

Penn State Centre Stage

Center for Performing Arts at Penn State

The State Theatre

Penn State Wrestling

Penn State Women’s Volleyball

Penn State Basketball

Area Shows

Carrie Underwood – Blown Away Tour

November 13 – Bryce Jordan Center

The Queen of country music is returning to the Bryce Jordan Center. Hear Carrie Underwood perform her latest songs as well as the hits that made her a superstar!

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Ron Carter Trio

November 8 – Schwab Auditorium

One of the most prolific bassists in Jazz, Ron Carter has performed on more than 2,000 albums. Accompanying Carter will be guitarist Russell Malone and pianist Donald Vega.

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In the Red and Brown Water

November 7-15 – Penn State Centre Stage

Don’t miss this story of kingship, love and heartache performed by talented students in the Penn State School of Theatre.

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The Celtic Tenors

November 30 – The State Theatre

Just in time for the holidays, The Celtic Tenors seasonal holiday show is sure to put you in the spirit of the season.

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3 Doors Down and Daughtry

December 4 – Bryce Jordan Center

These multi-platinum rock bands are performing on tour together for the first time ever! If you’re a fan of rock, you can’t miss this show.

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Scrooge, the Musical

December 14-16 – The State Theatre

Revisit the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his nightly ghostly night time visits on Christmas eve with this musical. The show is presented by the State Theatre and State College Community Theatre.

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Bryce Jordan Center

Penn State Centre Stage

Center for Performing Arts at Penn State

The State Theatre

Penn State Wrestling

Penn State Women’s Volleyball

Penn State Basketball

Penn State Wrestling

Rec Hall will once again be the place to be as the two-time defending national champion Penn State wrestling team returns to the mats. Here are some good early season games.

Nittany Lion Open

December 2 – Rec Hall

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Penn State vs. Indiana

December 9 – Rec Hall

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Penn State vs. Lock Haven

December 15 – Rec Hall

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Penn State Women’s Volleyball

The Penn State women’s volleyball team is currently enjoying a tremendously successful season as they hold the No.1 in the country. However, their schedule still has plenty of tough tests upcoming including several games in Rec Hall. These several matchups should be a good test for the Nittany Lions.

Penn State vs. Illinois

November 8 – Rec Hall

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Penn State vs. Northwestern

November 10 – Rec Hall

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Penn State Basketball 

Led by first team All Big Ten point guard Tim Frazier and second-year head coach Patrick Chambers, there’s plenty of reason to have hope for this year’s Penn State men’s basketball team. The team surprised many experts last season by winning twelve games and now that they’re more experienced, there’s no telling how far they can go.

Penn State vs. St. Francis (Home Opener)

November 9 – Bryce Jordan Center

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Penn State vs. Boston College

November 28 – Bryce Jordan Center

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Penn State vs. Penn

December 1 – Bryce Jordan Center

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Penn State vs. Army

December 8 –Bryce Jordan Center

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Bryce Jordan Center

Penn State Centre Stage

Center for Performing Arts at Penn State

The State Theatre

Penn State Wrestling

Penn State Women’s Volleyball

Penn State Basketball

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Convenience of Brewsky’s Adds to your Stay in State College

State College’s bar and nightlife scene is one of the most vibrant you will find in the country.

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Stay at the Days Inn State College for First Night Family Fun

Ring in the New Year with a night of festivities in State College. State College’s First Night, is a splendid evening of family entertainment that is a great way to close the book on one year and begin anew for another.

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Fall Fly Fishing in Central Pennsylvania

For many who call central Pennsylvania home, fall is a special time of year and a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoors, just minutes from our doorsteps. Over the years, we have noted many of our motel guests have come to visit for this very reason – to experience the natural beauty of Centre County.

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Visit your student, go shopping and save with Lion Country Lodging!

Parents, if you son or daughter can’t make it home for a weekend, why not make a trip to Happy Valley to visit them?

Every time you visit State College and stay with Lion Country Lodging, you’ll receive 15 percent off your stay thanks to our Parent Discount Plan. The plan is good at all six hotel properties.

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Business Travel? Eat Here the Next Time You're in Town

When traveling on business, comfort and convenience are usually the two key factors when looking for a place to stay. And, a big part of being comfortable is finding great dining close to your hotel.

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Penn State Campus: Seven Things to See

Penn State’s campus is full of many attractions and unique artifacts that in some cases come from all over the world.

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State College Fall Festival - October 13

Fall fun in Happy Valley is here! The State College Fall Festival will take place October 13 in downtown State College. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. along South Allen Street.  Some of the events include: 

  • Fall food tasting
  • Free arts and crafts for kids 
  • Appalachian Outdoors Fall Expo
  • Happy Valley Dessert Contest (Click here for an entry form)

To learn more about this fun-filled day in State College, click here

Troutoberfest

The Outcast Crew is inviting you to attend their first fall gathering to be held at the Feathered Hook Fly Shop and Inn on the banks of Penns Creek on October 28th, 2012. 

The event runs from 12-6 p.m. 

Get a 15 percent discount offer at the Nittany Budget Motel for this event.  Call the motel and mention "Troutoberfest" to get the discount. 

Thomas & Thomas fly rods will be there in full force to unveil their latest and greatest offerings; including a 10' 5 wt. series that has been customized by T&T per Outcast's specs. This rod has already caught every species of trout in Montana and some big bullies in British Columbia!

Outcast Anglers' guide Lance Wilt is a proud member of T&T's pro staff! Check out the latest interview with Lance. Stop by and test cast any and all rods in the current lineup including some new stuff that hasn't hit the press yet.

The L.J. Downes Rod Company will showcase their latest line of bamboo "Guide Series" rods- A taper that the Outcast Guides and Jim Downes have worked together on to whip up on the trout across the globe. These rods were field tested this past summer in SW Montana when Jim and the 'boo gang visited us at Upper Canyon Outfitters.

The destination theater will highlight trips to Central PA, Montana, Wisconsin, British Columbia, Arkansas, and Chile. Stop by to learn WHEN and HOW to fish the trout waters in these areas.

Tying demos will be conducted throughout the day to explain the science and methodology behind some of the patterns we use on an everyday basis.

Food will be catered by Big Fishing Creek smokehouse. Drinks will be provided.  

To RSVP contact Outcast Anglers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photo courtesy of The Feathered Hook Fly Shop and Inn