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Christmas makes an early arrival in Boalsburg

Santa and Mrs. Claus help light the Boalsburg Christmas tree in 2012.
Santa and Mrs. Claus help light the Boalsburg Christmas tree in 2012. Centre Daily Times, file

This holiday season, Santa may be starting his annual worldwide tour a little bit closer to home — ours, not his.

Boalsburg Hometown Christmas is coming soon to a Centre County near you — Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, to be exact.

Sponsored by the Boalsburg Village Conservancy (with some silent partners up north), the annual event is shaping up to be a viable alternative to decking the halls or roasting chestnuts over an open fire.

There’s been some really creative and really good cookies.

Chris Igo

As all of the best things in life often do, it begins with baked goods. Entries in the annual cookie contest are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 2. Entrants are asked to submit two dozen samples, a few for judging and the rest to be put up for sale the following day.

Proceeds will benefit the Boalsburg Heritage Museum.

“There’s been some really creative and really good cookies,” Chris Igo, a member of the planning committee, said.

On Dec. 3, festivities begin bright and early at the home of the Boalsburg Fire Company, where for $5 a head, local families can experience the thrill of sharing a plate of waffles, sausage and eggs with the one and only Santa Claus.

If the elves in your household are strictly milk and cookies kind of folks, you can fritter away the most important meal of the day perusing an on-site vendor’s collection of kids’ books or give the visiting Girl Scouts a hand with their crafts.

There’s also the children’s sing-along with Kathy DiMuccio, which starts at 10:30 a.m.

Forget walking off breakfast. Instead let a scenic carriage ride unlock the splendors of a winter in Central Pennsylvania from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“They’re going to go in a short loop around Boalsburg, it’s kind of fun,” Igo said.

The big idea behind all of this — besides all of the yuletide joy stuff — is to show people to all that Boalsburg has to offer, an introduction that during any other time of the year may never have amounted to more than a passing hello.

Boalsburg has so many unique shops and merchants and the history here is just wonderful.

Chris Igo

In the past, Igo said that people have come from State College and beyond.

“Boalsburg has so many unique shops and merchants and the history here is just wonderful,” Igo said.

At 5 p.m. in the Boalsburg diamond on Dec. 3, Santa and his significant other will make their grand entrance on the back of a fire truck — because it isn’t a tree lighting ceremony without Mrs. Claus. Once the blue spruce is lit, songs will be sung, free hot chocolate poured and the winners of the children’s drawing contest announced.

“It really is a village Christmas experience,” Igo said.

Frank Ready: 814-231-4620, @fjready

IF YOU GO

What: Boalsburg Hometown Christmas

When: Dec. 2-3

Where: various locations, Boalsburg

Info: boalsburgvillageconservancy.org

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