Spend the Holidays in Happy Valley

– by Ellie Aungst

Explore Happy Valley this holiday season! Go to the Boalsburg Hometown Christmas, experience the Winter Craft Market, shop at the Kristkindl Market in the Boal Barn Playhouse, Bellefonte Victorian Christmas & Winter Market and so much more!

Merry Millheim 2023

Merry Millheim

Merry Millheim is coming back to town! Join the holiday festivities and shop for unique gifts in historic Millheim, Pennsylvania. Stay tuned for more details.

Friday, December 1, 4-8 p.m.
Saturday, December 2, 10-5 p.m.

  • Tree lighting with Santa at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 (Gazebo)
  • Santa, a Grinch, and a Snowman will promenade to the Millheim Hotel after the tree lighting. Santa and entourage will be stopping at businesses along the way to spread holiday cheer!
  • Photos with Santa at the Millheim Hotel at 6 p.m.
  • Carolers in the streets and businesses
  • Cookies and hot chocolate!
  • Craft vendors will be set at the hotel and the ballroom
  • The Meandering Mallard will be open for extended hours on Friday and Saturday. Corn chowder, baked goods.
  • Music at Pisano Winery

Sports are a part of the Twinklin' Season in Happy Valley!

  • December 2nd – Penn State Men’s Basketball vs. Bucknell
  • December 9th – Men’s Basketball vs. Ohio State
  • December 10th – WWE Live Holiday Tour at Bryce Jordan Center
  • December 13th – Penn State Women’s Basketball vs. St. Francis
  • December 20th – Penn State Women’s Basketball vs. Central Connecticut
  • December 21st – Penn State Men’s Basketball vs. Le Moyne
  • December 29th – Penn State Men’s Basketball vs. Rider

Boalsburg Hometown Christmas

Boalsburg Hometown Christmas

Friends and neighbors gather on the diamond in Boalsburg around bonfires to sing carols, enjoy holiday music, drink hot chocolate to eagerly await the arrival of a firetruck with Santa! Santa will arrive just before 6 p.m.

Boalsburg’s Annual Hometown Christmas celebration takes place on December 2, from 10:00 to 3:00 at the Boalsburg Heritage Museum. Stop by the Museum to purchase homemade cookies, sample treats baked in the Summer Kitchen, listen to “Yuletide Tales,” and make Victorian ornaments. See a puppet show in the Barn and enjoy holiday music by talented high school students in the Cardinal Brass band.

Click HERE to learn more about this event!

Winter Craft Market

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The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Central PA Chapter is pleased to announce the annual juried 2023 Winter Craft Market will be held December 2nd from 9:00 am-6:00pm at Nittany Valley Sports Centre. We have an amazing showcase of Pennsylvania artisans including painters, woodworkers, jewelers, potters, and photographers along with multimedia, fiber, paper, and glass artists. Our new location offers a generous amount of room between rows, well-lit exhibit area, all artisans in one room, free easy access parking, and concessions.

Click HERE to learn more.

Kristkindl Market in the Boal Barn Playhouse

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Join Columbus Chapel & Boal Mansion Museum for the annual Kristkindl Market on December 2, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (to be held in the Boal Barn Playhouse & Great Room).

Holiday shopping will be in full swing, so come to score some one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts! Make it a family day, with a Saint Nicholas meet-and-greet, sleigh rides, music, and concessions, it will be a festive day for all!

Stay for a candlelight tour of the Columbus Chapel & Boal Mansion Museum - more details to come!

Click HERE to learn more.


Philipsburg Christmas Festival 2023 1
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The Philipsburg Christmas Festival is on December 2, 2023, in and around downtown Philipsburg, Pennsylvania. Be sure to visit the world's largest Santa Claus display while you are in town!

Holidays at the Front at the Pennsylvania Military Museum

Pennslyvania Military Museum Christmas
  • Saturday, December 2, 2023 10:00 AM

  • Sunday, December 3, 2023 3:00 PM

Pennsylvania Military Museum (51 Boal AvenueBoalsburg, PA,16827)

How have American soldiers spent their holidays throughout history? From the American Revolution to modern day, our service men and women have found ways to celebrate. Join the Pennsylvania Military Museum on December 2nd and 3rd for an outdoor living history event that will showcase a timeline of military Holiday celebrations. Then, make your way into the museum to pose for a Selfie with Santa!

The encampment and Selfies with Santa will be open 10:00 am to 3:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

No camera will be provided for “Selfies with Santa”, please supply your own.

Click HERE for more information.

John Mulaney at Bryce Jordan Center

John Mulaney

Comedian John Mulaney announced today he will be going back on tour with a new hour of stand up comedy including a show at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center on Sunday, December 3rd.

Penn State School of Music Feature Mosaic at Eisenhower Auditorium

Penn State School of Music - Mosaic will be at Eisenhower Auditorium in 6 days. There are 6 tickets available for the show with prices starting at $73. The event will begin at 4:00 PM and tickets will be available up until showtime.

Bellefonte Victorian Christmas

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Here are a few highlights from the 2023 Bellefonte Victorian Christmas roster:

Horse–Drawn Carriage Rides
Friday, December 8, 2023 5 – 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10, 2023 11 am – 3 pm
Tickets and reservations are available after November 1st by contacting Melissa at Melissa.hershey@gmail.com. For the safety of all, rides may be canceled due to inclement weather.

A Christmas Cordial
Friday, December 8, 2023
8:30 PM at State Burger
Raise a glass of Christmas cheer and toast to the joy of the season!
Join us for the 2nd annual Christmas Cordial at State Burger. This is a private limited-ticket event with delicious hors d’oeuvres, fresh drinks, and music.
Tickets on sale starting November 1st starting at 4 pm Click here for tickets!
General Admission: $45 + $4.87 fee. The ticket is good for 2 drinks, 4 passes of hors d’oeuvres, 1 round of sweets.
Menu details are to be announced later.

“It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”
Adapted by Joe Landry, Presented by Sock & Buskin Theatre Company
Saturday, Dec. 9: 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm | Sunday, Dec 10: 12:30 pm
At Bellefonte Springboard, 221 W High St Suite 1300
Hot chocolate and cookies included!
Tickets: $15 adults, $10 youth - Sockandbuskintc.org/tickets

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Fezziwig’s Holiday Dinner Party

Fezziwig’s Holiday Dinner Party Saturday, December 9, 2023, at 6:30 pm. This year the event will be held in the Sundman Hall at the American Philatelic Society, 100 Match Factory Place Bellefonte, PA.

Dinner features a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, drinks, and desserts. Expertly prepared by the Bellefonte Knights of Columbus Council 1314. Includes a night of entertainment by the Class Act Players including singing and general frivolity for the whole family. Get your tickets now, and pay for children’s tickets at the door.

Price: $45+$4.87 Fee --- Sales end on Dec 9, 2023

Click HERE to purchase your tickets now!

Click HERE to see the full event listing.

WWE Live Holiday Tour at Bryce Jordan Center

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WWE Returns to State College this Holiday Season! See your favorite superstars including: Cody Rhodes, WWE World Heaveywheight Champion Seth "Freakin" Rollins, Women's World Champion Rhea Ripley, Bobby Lashley, The New Day, Becky Lynch, Sheamus, United States Champion Rey Mysterio, Charlotte Flair, WWE Women's Champion Iyo Sky and many more! December 10 at 7:00pm in the Bryce Jordan Center.

The Bellefonte Winter Market

Winter market Bellefonte

The Bellefonte Winter Market will be held at Talleyrand Park in the heart of Pennsylvania. Find festivities throughout the park, on both the Gazebo and Annex (near Big Spring Spirits) sides, on Sunday December 10, 2023 from 10 to 4 p.m.

The Bellefonte Winter Market will feature skilled makers and artisan vendors, as well as food vendors, craft beverage vendors, and more. Spend a day in downtown Bellefonte with us — heat up in the warming tent, enjoy a craft beverage while you shop, and enjoy live entertainment!

More information to come!

Cirque Dreams Holidaze


- Photo courtesy of CIRQUE DREAMS

Cirque Dreams Holidaze will be dazzling audiences in State College during its 7-week, 70-city U.S. tour this holiday season. Audiences from coast to coast will be captivated by this brilliant and whimsical holiday spectacular on December 13 at the Bryce Jordan Center.

As the nation’s premier family holiday tradition, CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE will convey the magic of the season with a Broadway-style production infused with contemporary circus arts. Tickets are on sale NOW at Ticketmaster.com.

Doors open at 6:30 PM.

Click HERE for more information.

Happy Valley PA Holidays at the Bryce Jordan Center!

December 1, 2023 | Old Dominion with special guests Chase Rice & Kylie Morgan

December 3, 2023 | John Mulaney In Concert

December 10, 2023 | WWE LIVE Holiday Tour

December 13, 2023 | Cirque Dreams Holidaze

🏀 Penn State Men’s Basketball | Click for Full Season Schedule

🏀 Penn State Women’s Basketball | Click for Full Season Schedule

Holiday Supper Party with the Orpheus Singers

Pine Grove Hall Deck the hall

Come join Pine Grove Hall at their final supper party of 2023, on December 15, at 6:00pm. Make new friends with like-minded foodie enthusiasts and enjoy Chef Tory's seasonal menu, all made from scratch using locally sourced ingredients.

You'll be entertained by the beautiful voices of the 20-member Orpheus Singers as they provide holiday music throughout the evening.

Carefully paired cocktails, beer, and wine available throughout the dinner.

Our monthly supper parties are served family-style in the casual, elegant atmosphere of our second floor, with limited seating.

Click GET TICKETS HERE to reserve your table.

$80 + tax & gratuity

The PA Chamber Orchestra - Holiday Concert

Attend the PA Chamber Orchestra - Holiday Concert with Erik Clayton and the State College High School Master Singers

Friday, December 15, 2023 @ 7:00pm
Penn State Recital Hall

Blake: The Snowman
Vivaldi: Magnificat
Sing along to “Hallelujah Chorus” from Händel’s Messiah

Click HERE to buy tickets.

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The Nutcracker at State Theater

Join the State Theater for a twist on the classic Holiday tale of The Nutcracker on December 15 at 7:00pm.

After being gifted with an enchanted Nutcracker doll, Clara is taken through a dream-like tale of battling soldiers and mice, a snowy journey, and finally to the Land of Sweets and Flowers where she is delighted by entertainers from across the land. Performers ranging in age from toddlers to adults will complement the traditional ballet with a variety of dance styles as we add our own special spin on this timeless story!

Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens’ a Christmas Carol at Centre Stage Playhouse Theatre

Original Stage Adaptation and Direction by Rick Lombardo
Original Music, Arrangements of Tradition Music by Anna Lackaff

Join us for this classic holiday story on December 18-21 ! This will be a unique series of performances to benefit the School of Theatre and Centre Stage, performed by the professional artists on the School’s faculty, along with students and members of the community in a truly unique Town and Gown event for the holiday season.

Buy tickets HERE.

Holiday Gift Card Deals at The Nature Inn

The Nature Inn is spreading some early holiday cheer with two great gift card deals! Get your holiday shopping taken care of BEFORE the holidays even start! A stay at The Nature Inn is perfect for anyone and everyone on your "nice" list...and even great if you just want to treat yourself!

Read the full article HERE.

Raystown Rocks Gift Shop

Raystown Rocks coupon December 2023

SHOP the area's largest selection of unique gift items for all ages at Raystown Rocks at Lincoln Caverns
CLIP and SAVE! Present this coupon PRIOR to your gift shop purchase of $20.00 or more and save 25% on your entire purchase at Raystown Rocks, Lincoln Caverns Gift Shop! Valid on all regularly priced merchandise, excluding tour tickets, food items, and sales tax. And bring your 8 for 80 Club Card too!

The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau publishes up-to-date event information at HappyValley.com/events