Penns Valley

On Centre: Penns Valley | Millheim embraces holiday spirit

Millheim is about to get merry, thanks to some local business owners with the holiday spirit.

The town is gearing up for its third annual Merry Millheim celebration, set for Saturday and Sunday. The celebration promises to bring music, food, shopping, children’s activities and plenty of holiday cheer.

Merry Millheim is hosted by the Millheim Business Community, a nonprofit organization that works to foster healthy economic and cultural development of Millheim and the Penns Valley region through community cooperation, entrepreneurial innovation and local governance, according to the group.

“For us, it really isn’t just about making our businesses more profitable, but making the community as a whole a more vibrant, liveable place,” said Martha Hoffman, owner of Inglebean Coffee House and an organizer of the event.

According to the group, Merry Millheim will feature familiar attractions like craft making and cookie decorating, music performances and story time for youngsters.

But this year, there are new events, too — like sleigh rides. Hosted by local business Breezy Acres, the rides will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday behind the Millheim fire hall. They will go on with or without snow.

The sleigh will be on display Friday between Bierly’s Meat Market and Penns Valley Outfitters.

Hoffman said that all the local businesses involved are encouraged to put their own spin on the event, making it a unique Millheim experience.

A complete schedule of events and a list of participating businesses can be found online at and the group’s Facebook page, and at information booths at the festival.

This year, the event will benefit the East Penns Valley Library as it transitions from part of the Centre County library system to an independent community facility.

Trustees of the county library system voted to close the Millheim branch in September in a cost-cutting move they said was unfortunate, but necessary because of decreased state and federal funding and tough economic times.

Friends of the East Penns Valley Library and others have rallied, however, and have reopened the facility as a community library.