It’s official: The holiday season will kick off this week in Centre County. It all starts with a tree lighting — even before Thanksgiving.
Holiday Tree Lighting
The holiday season kicks off in State College on Friday with the annual tree lighting on South Allen Street from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will include carols, cookies and hot chocolate. There will be live musical performances and a visit from Santa to light the tree.
Give the gift of giving by bringing a toy to donate to Toys for Tots or a canned good item for the State College Area Food Bank. Children 12 and under who donate will be entered to win a chance to light the tree with Santa.
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Forefathers Authors Day
Nine authors from Central Pennsylvania will be stopping at Forefathers Book Shop in Rebersburg Sunday to sign copies of their latest books. The event, running from noon-6 p.m., features Mimi Coppersmith, Ralph Seeley, Ron Smith, Roger Williams and more. Visit forefathersbookshop.com or www.facebook.com/ForefathersBookShop for more information and a full schedule.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving comes just a few days early at Howard United Methodist Church, which will hold a free community dinner from 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday. Non-perishable food items will be accepted for the local food bank.
Get a sneak peek at the Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania’s upcoming “The Nutcracker” ballet with excerpts performed Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Downsbrough Community Room at Schlow Centre Region Library.