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When: Dec 8 - 10, 2017
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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.
Some of the special events happening throughout historic Bellefonte during the festive weekend include:
State College Community Theatre presents: "Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol"
Just when you thought you’ve seen every rendition of "A Christmas Carol", another version pops up that’s totally irresistible. A grown up (not so tiny!) and healed Tim tells what really happened behind the scenes that changed Ebenezer Scrooge all those years ago on the back streets of London.
Family and kid friendly!
Bellefonte Middle School Auditorium, 100 North School Street; $5.00 per person. More info here.
Gingerbread House Contest
Who doesn't love this timeless classic? Delicious candy meets construction meets creativity in this unique contest. See the winners and all the creative entries in this annual contest. Categories include adults, teens, children, and senior citizens. Prizes will be awarded and announced at the Opening Ceremonies Friday evening.
All entries will be exhibited from December 20th through December 31st at Diamond Deli Windows, 103 N. Allegheny Street.
Judges use the following criteria: use of color and decoration, imaginative use of material, uniqueness of the display, difficulty of decoration, difficulty of architectural detail, neatness of decoration and overall visual presentation. Get started on your entry today!
Arts & Crafts Show - Two Locations
Dozens of artists, artisans, and crafters will be displaying their wares for holiday gifting. A lovely place to buy handmade gifts, the Victorian Christmas Arts & Crafts Show is presented in cooperation with: Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association and The Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Committee. Two Arts & Crafts venues, one at the YMCA downtown on High Street and at the Bellefonte Middle School on School Street. Children’s activities and throughout the day at the Middle School Venue. Food concessions are be available both venues.
25+ vendors at Bellefonte YMCA on High Street.
60+ vendors at the Bellefonte Middle School on School Street.
Bellefonte Women's Club Homes Tour
The Bellefonte Women’s Club and the Homes Tour Committee once again proudly bring you the ever-popular Victorian Christmas Homes Tour. This year there are six beautiful historic buildings on the display on Saturday, December 12 from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children (under 12 years of age).
This year’s holiday offerings includes four homes, a church and a rehabilitated industrial complex. You can view the list of properties and get more details here.
Also available during this event are horse-drawn carraige rides, the Festival of Trees, breakfast with Santa & Victorian Christmas children’s party, arts & crafts show, Bellefonte Art Museum display and sales, Centre County Library Historical Museum tours and concerts, Holiday storytimes songs and drop-in craft for children, Tir Na Nog Irish dance performance
For information on these events and more during the annual Bellefonte Victorian Christmas, check out their website here.
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