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It’s that time of year again-- Christmas music in every store, Santa Claus around every corner, and the weather matching the fury of the holiday spirit.

The holidays can be a stressful time, especially financially, for many families. But as the old saying goes by Edna Ferber, “Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” Rather than let the stress of the season weigh you down, allow the feeling of Christmas to lift you up by attending a community organized event this year. Many of the events are little-to-no cost and provide attendees with unforgettable moments of joy. 

Throughout the region, numerous Christmas events bring people together and provide that warm feeling of kindness, peace, and tranquility that we call the “feeling of Christmas.” As the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra emphasizes in their Holiday concert announcement, “The holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings and seek out ways to make life better for those around us.”

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The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. Source: Williamsport Symphony Orchestra

The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday concert details are listed below, along with many other holiday events around the area.

Bradford County

Towanda Hometown Christmas, Dec. 6-7, 5 p.m. Events to be held on Main St. in Towanda.

  • Come see the streets as they are transformed into a winter wonderland of events, games, vendors, and fun activities for the whole family!

Centre County

Stocking Stuffer: A Magical Holiday Market, Dec. 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Centre County Historical Society, 1001 E. College Ave., State College

Annual Winter Craft Market, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center, 215 Innovation Blvd., State College 

Bellefonte Victorian Christmas, Dec. 13-14, Bellefonte 

  • Travel back in time and enjoy the ultimate Victorian Christmas in Bellefonte with holiday classics like Dickens, caroling, arts & crafts, food, tours and much more. The Annual Bellefonte Victorian Christmas is Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14. The traditional Opening Ceremony returns to the Centre County Courthouse, Friday evening.  

Festival of Trees, Dec. 13, 4-7 p.m., Central PA Institute, 540 N. Harrison Rd., Bellefonte

Run Rudolph Run 5k, Dec. 14, 9-11 a.m., Penn State University, State College 

15th Anniversary Santa Crawl, Dec. 14-15, Cafe 210 West, 210 W. College Ave., State College 

Christmas Eve Service, Dec. 24, 5-6 p.m., Freedom Life, 113 Sunset Acres, Bellefonte 

Christmas Eve at the Barn, Dec. 24, 4-5 p.m., Access Church, 656 Brandywine Dr., State College 

Clinton County

Haven Holidays, Dec. 1-15, Downtown, Lock Haven 

  • Downtown Lock Haven shopping, annual Lock Haven Christmas Parade up Main St. at 6 p.m. The Parade ushers Santa into town followed by the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Triangle Park, where Santa sets up shop to visit with children in his Hut. Hosted by Downtown Lock Haven, Inc. (570)748-1576 / lockhaven.org
    • Santa Hut Hours for December 2019: Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m., Dec. 7, 12-4 p.m., Dec. 13, 5-8 p.m., Dec. 14, 12-4 p.m., Dec. 20, 5-8 p.m., Dec. 21, 12-4 p.m.

Christmas Bingo, Dec. 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., DuBoistown Fire Co., 119 Woodward Ave., Lock Haven 

Columbia County

Berwick Winter Fest, Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m., N. Market St., Berwick 

Benton Winter Fest, Dec. 7, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Benton 


Candy Cane Lane, Nov. 28, 2019- Jan. 1, 2020, 5-10 p.m., 200 Block of Summer St., DuBoistown 

Festival of Lights, Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m., Brandon Park, Williamsport 

Montgomery Christmas Parade- Dec. 7, 1 p.m., Rt. 54 from Weis Markets to Ellis Parkway, Montgomery 

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It's a Wonderful Life, Dec. 6-15, Community Theatre League, 100 W. 3rd St., Williamsport, PA 17701. Source: The Community Theatre League

Annual Sally Short's Holiday in the Park Event, Dec. 7, 5:30-7 p.m., James Short Park, 2131 Northway Rd., Williamsport 

Annual Montoursville Holiday Craft Show, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 50 Arch St., Montoursville

Santa Clause comes to Little League, Dec. 8, 12-3 p.m., World of Little League Museum, 525 15, South Williamsport 

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Catch the Spirit Weeknd, Dec. 13-15, Williamsport, PA 17701. Source: Williamsport Business Association

It's a Wonderful Life, Dec. 6-15, Community Theatre League, 100 W. 3rd St., Williamsport. Shows Dec. 6-7, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 2 p.m., Dec. 12-14, 7:30 p.m., Dec., 15, 2 p.m. 

Christmas Traditions, Dec. 9, 6 p.m., James V. Brown Library; Lowry Room, 19 E. 4th St., Williamsport 

Catch the Spirit Weekend, Dec. 13-15, Williamsport 

  • Christmas Downtown, Dec. 13, 5-8 p.m., Come to downtown Williamsport and enjoy live music, holiday wares by local artists and artisans, a holiday window decorating competition, gingerbread house making, and more holiday fun!
  • Holiday Market, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Pajama Factory, 307 Park Ave., Williamsport
  • Williamsport Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert, Dec. 14, 7:30-9:30 p.m., The Community Arts Center, 220 W. 4th St., Williamsport
  • Annual Skip Hunsinger Christmas Spectacular, Dec. 15, 2 p.m., The Community Arts Center, 220 W. 4th St., Williamsport

Candy Cane Lane, Dec. 15, 12-2 p.m., Kellen Moore's State Farm, 607 Pine St., Williamsport

WAHS Annual Holiday Concert, Dec. 15, 2:15 p.m., WAHS Auditorium, 2990 W. 4th St., Williamsport

Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra in Holiday Jazz, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m., Community Theatre League, 100 W. 3rd St., Williamsport

Annual Blues Bash, Dec. 30, 6 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.), Pajama Factory, 307 Park Ave., Williamsport

Potter County

Santa in the Shay, Dec. 14, 12-3 p.m., PA Lumber Museum, 5660 Rt. 6, Galeton 

  • Take a portrait with St. Nicholas, make a super simple family-crafted ornament, enjoy cookies, and browse a holiday bazaar of local artisans.

Light Up a Life, Dec. 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m., UPMC Cole’s Irwin Medical Arts Center, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport 

  • Every holiday season, a time of joy and celebration, many are reminded of a loved one or family member they would like to honor or remember in a special way. Light Up A Life offers a unique and meaningful way to express your appreciation for those you love and cherish. We invite you to join us for a special tree lighting ceremony.

Sullivan County

Christmas in Dushore, Dec. 14, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Downtown Dushore  

  • Breakfast with Santa, 8-11 a.m., Pam's Restaurant, 183 E. Main St.
  • Cookie walk, 10 a.m., Dushore Fire Department, 212 Julia St.
  • Book sale and welcoming of author MJ. McCluskey, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sullivan County Library, 206 Center St.
  • Tree Fest and Model Train Exhibit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Main St.
  • Ornament Scavenger Hunt, 12-4 p.m., downtown.
  • Holiday Pet Parade, 2:30 p.m., Guthrie parking lot, 102 E. Main St.
  • Santa's Pizza Party, 3-5 p.m., Pam's Restaurant, 183 E. Main St.
  • Christmas Marketplace, 4-8 p.m., Center St.
  • Kiwanis Tree Lighting Ceremony, 5:30 p.m., Main St.
  • Caroling by the Dushore Music Club, 5:45 p.m., Main St. 
  • Parade, 6 p.m.; Path along S. German, Water, Main, and Center streets.

Tioga County

Dickens of a Convert, Dec. 6, 7:30-8:30 p.m. St. Peter Catholic Church, 47 Central Avenue, Wellsboro 

A Christmas Carol, Dec. 7, 1:30 p.m., Deane Center for Performing Arts, 104 Main St., Wellsboro

Annual Dickens of a Christmas, Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-4p.m., Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, Wellsboro 

Hallelujas Across the Lands, Dec. 7, 7:30-10 p.m., Mansfield University, Mansfield 

Penny Eckman, Dec. 11, 7:30-10:30 a.m., Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main St., Wellsboro

Christmas on Main St., Dec. 13-15, Main St., Wellsboro

A Christmas Carol Sing-a-long, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 130 Main St., Wellsboro

Gingerbread Shelter Animal Contest, Dec. 14, 12-4 p.m., Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main St., Wellsboro

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Dec. 14, 7:30-10:30 p.m.,  Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main St., Wellsboro

Handel's Messiah: Community Sing, Dec. 15, 2:30 p.m., St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Pearl St., Wellsboro

A Nashville Christmas, Dec. 20, 7:30-10:30 p.m.,  Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main St., Wellsboro

Murder at the Justice Joint, Dec. 31, 2019-Jan. 1, 2020, 8 p.m.-1 a.m., Deane Center for the Performing Arts, 104 Main St., Wellsboro

Union County

Holiday Arts & Crafts Market, Dec. 7, 10a.m.-4p.m., The Cellars at Brookpark Farm, Lewisburg

Holiday Extravaganza, Dec. 7, 5-6:30p.m., The Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg

"A Christmas Carol," Performance by Gerald Charles Dickens, Dec. 10, 2-7p.m., Country Cupboard, 101 Hafer Rd., Lewisburg

Holiday Train Display, Dec. 13, 9a.m.-3p.m., Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau, 81 Haffer Rd., Lewisburg

Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 14, 8-11a.m., Ard's Farm, 4803 Old Turnpike Rd., Lewisburg

Christkindl Market, Dec. 14, 10a.m.-8p.m., Mifflinburg Christkindl Market, 401 Market St., Mifflinburg

Youth Christmas, Dec. 15, 7-8p.m., Church of Christ in Christian, 199 Newman Rd., Lewisburg

Holiday Open Jam Night, Dec. 28, 5-8p.m., Iron Vines Winery, 322 Raspberry Ave., Sunbury

However you choose to bring the feeling of Christmas joy into your holiday season, we wish you a truly happy and wonderful time of year from all of us at NorthcentralPa.com!

Find all kinds of events (not just for the holidays!) on our community calendar, the most comprehensive community calendar in the region!

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