There’s going to be a new show in town next month during a three-day Christmas celebration in Bellefonte.
Bellefonte Victorian Christmas is partnering with the State College Community Theatre for the first time to host a performance for the public, said Sally Houser, who coordinates the annual holiday event.
She said specific details could not be released. But, “It’s going to be exciting,” she said.
In early November, the two organizations collaborated to help enhance activities for the event that runs Dec. 12-14.
Houser said the partnership was sparked from an affiliation she has with the theater company.
“My daughter and her husband and children are heavily involved in the theater, and my son-in-law is on the board,” Houser said. “It’s always been a vision to use as many local people as possible, and it’s something that’s very near to my heart.”
Bellefonte Victorian Christmas was started 34 years ago by the downtown merchant community to help bring people to Bellefonte and celebrate its history, Houser said.
Since its inception, the Bellefonte Women’s Club has also showcased tours of homes from the Victorian era, Houser said — something the area is known for.
The event annually attracts 8,000 to 10,000 people, but Houser hopes for more this year, from extra funding that went toward advertising.
The Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau gave Historic Bellefonte Inc. $20,000 this year, said Betsey Howell, CPCVB executive director.
A chunk of that money was then distributed to Victorian Christmas.
“With that financial help, we were able to market Bellefonte Victorian Christmas to people from outside of the area,” Houser said.
Victorian Christmas will also include activities such as carriage rides, a craft show with more than 75 vendors, strolling carolers and family-friendly actives around the town.
Houser added that Dickens and Co. characters will be back — one of the event’s most popular scenes.
The group mingles with the public in full costume and in complete personality.
“It’s like being in another time,” Houser said.
And an annual fundraising gala that is usually held the Thursday before the event will be held, this year, on Dec. 5 at Celebration Hall.
“It takes a lot of work, but we’re excited to start new endeavors and relive what we usually do,” Houser said.