Boalsburg Hometown Christmas looks to attract people from around the area

With fun for adults on the first day and family events the next, Boalsburg Hometown Christmas is hoping to attract people of all ages.

The event started about 25 years ago and has been a staple for the residents and an opportunity for businesses to show off their products, committee Chairwoman Jenni Evans said.

Hometown Christmas is sponsored by the Boalsburg Village Conservancy.

“This is a big community event,” she said. “All the local restaurants and merchants are involved, and we just want people to come and see what Harris Township has to offer.”

The festival kicks off at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 with A Taste of Boalsburg. The showcase costs $45 per person, and includes food from various local restaurants, drinks and live entertainment. Money raised from the event helps fund the rest of the weekend.

Dec. 7 brings one of the more popular events of the weekend: Breakfast with Santa.

Evans said the number of people attending the breakfast grows each year and children love it. The breakfast runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Lions Club Hall. Admission is $5 per person.

A newer addition to the festival, carriage rides, quickly is becoming one of the more popular features of the weekend.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., horses will pull carriages at the cost of $2 per passenger, with children under 12 riding for free. Interested visitors can board at the Boalsburg Heritage Museum, Lions Club Hall or on the Diamond.

The weekend ends with a family-friendly dance, the Holiday Hop, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lions Club Hall. It is an alchool-free dance that includes a potluck meal. Admission is $3 per person.

More information can be found at boalsburgvillageconservancy.org and anyone interested in volunteering can contact Evans at jle7@psu.edu