A Heartfelt Holiday Hometown Celebration

Some say that “tis not the season” until they experience Bellefonte Victorian Christmas. This merry weekend of old-fashioned holiday entertainment, shopping, and social events embodies what is good and wholesome about this holiday of all holidays.  This is the 40th Anniversary of the Annual Bellefonte Victorian Christmas event on Friday, December 9th, 10th and 11th, 2021.

Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Events

Here are all the events so you don’t miss a thing! It’s a great way to plan your visit to Bellefonte Victorian Christmas. Also remember all venues are subject to change.

Gingerbread House Contest

Santa’s House and Related Events

Thursday, December 9th

The Bellefonte Community Band will perform on the balcony of the Brockerhoff balcony at 6:00pm

We will gather at 6:30 pm for a short ceremony to open the weekend by the Centre County Commissioner and the Bellefonte Mayor. After the ceremony, the attendees are invited to take a walk to the Faith Centre for a cookie reception.

Friday, December 10th

Opening Ceremony Concerts

We will gather at the First Presbyterian Church on South Spring Street for the Opening Ceremony Concerts at

6:30pm for Nittany Knights and 7:30pm the Bellefonte Victorian Community Christmas Choir Concert.

The “Festival of Trees” is organized and sponsored by The Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology as part of the event weekend. This community event will help usher in the holiday season by transforming CPI into a winter wonderland, with decorated trees, entertainment, food, and   The event takes place Friday through Sunday in partnership with the Bellefonte Victorian Christmas event.

See more than 60 decorated trees, live entertainment, enjoy a basket raffle, tree competition, poinsettia sale, letters to Santa, a visit from Santa, scavenger hunt and much more!

Proceeds will help support CPI Student Organizations.

Friday, December 10th, 4pm-7pm

Saturday, December 11th, 9pm-6pm

Sunday, December 12th, 12pm-4pm

Central PA Institute of Science Technology, Harrison Road

Adults $2; children ages 12 & Under $1

A free shuttle for Festival of Trees being held at CPI on Harrison Road will be available at the Bellefonte High School and on the Diamond. Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm.

For more information and tree sponsorship call CPI at 814-359-2793.

Saturday, December 11th

Dickens Strolling Characters, Singers, & Musicians  Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob & Mrs. Cratchit and the Fezziwig’s to name a few. Play along as they engage you, the good citizens of Bellefonte and beloved visitors, in various conversations and charitable works. Be sure to hail them and each other with a hearty “Good Day” and a heartfelt “Happy Christmas!”  Sponsored by North Shore & Nittany Bald Eagle Railroad

8:30 am – 11:30 am – Breakfast with Santa & Victorian Christmas Children’s Party, Faith United Methodist Church, 512 Hughes Street.  Children are invited for free crafts and activities, plus a visit with Santa. If desired, they can also have a full breakfast for a small fee. Chip Mock Caricatures and Adam Schwartz Puppet Show.  Full Breakfast Prepared By Faith United Methodist Church Saturday, December 11th from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.  Breakfast: $6 per adults $3 per child.  Tickets at the Door

9am to 5pm – Arts & Crafts Show and Sale Dozens of artists, artisans, and crafters will be displaying their wares for holiday gifting. A lovely place to buy last minute handmade gifts. The Victorian Christmas Arts & Crafts Show is presented in cooperation with Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association and the Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Committee.  All Venues Are Located Downtown.  The Arts & Crafts Venues locations are at the YMCA on W. High Street and outside on West Howard Street.

FREE Shuttle Bus Service & Parking

Parking is available at the Bellefonte Middle School and High School parking lots. Shuttle pick up and drop off will be at the High School and in front of the Courthouse on Allegheny Street

free shuttle for downtown and Festival of Trees at CPI on Harrison Road will be available at the High School and on the Diamond Saturday

** Parking downtown is very limited and at the Middle School, please park at the High School and take the shuttle downtown.

Saturday, December 11h from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church Concerts Come in out of the cold and enjoy as many free concerts as you like at the First Presbyterian Church located at 201-206 N. Spring St.

Saturday, December 14th

10:00 AM Dickens Troupe

11:00 AM Arietta Women’s Ensemble

12:00 PM Dickens Troupe

1:00 PM Callanish

2:00 PM Curtin Family Ensemble

3:00 PM Toot -in -Common

Victorian Teas for Children

Children’s Tea at the Little House at 115 W Howard St. behind the Centre County Historical Museum.  Parents must accompany children to the Little House.

Reservations are $12.00 per child and $12.00 at the door. Children may bring their favorite stuffed “Cuddle” with them. The Children’s Tea Party is back and better than ever!

A light lunch and teatime treats along with a beverage while listening to tales of Christmas past.

Bring your favorite doll or stuffed friend, as they are always welcomed.

Saturday Serving times:11am, 1pm, 3pm.

Includes: Beverage, finger sandwiches, fresh fruit, dessert.

Price per child: $12

Adults:$6 a pot of tea and small teatime treats.

Our gift shop will be open all day for everyone’s shopping pleasure.  All profits go to The Friends of Bellefonte Little House

Santa’s House

Be there as Santa arrives at 11:45am on Saturday.

Santa House is open:

Saturday, December 11th, from noon to 4 p.m.

Sunday, December 12th, from noon to 4 p.m.

Diamond in front of the Court House


Santa will also be in throughout the Holiday season, Watch for the “Santa is In” sign on his house!


See the winners and all the creative entries in this annual contest. Categories include adults, teens, children, and senior citizens. Prizes will be awarded and announced at the Opening Ceremonies Friday evening.

Entry forms may be picked up at the Diamond Deli, Centre County Library, & the Train Station

Also On the website at www.bellefontevictorianchridtmas.com

All entries will be exhibited through December 18th.

Diamond Deli Windows,

103 N. Allegheny Street


Fezziwig’s Holiday Party, 6:30pm. Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig Request your Presence at The Annual Family Dinner Party. Theatrical Producer, Brian Belge presents Dickens Company Players, a specially assembled troupe of professional performers who portray Dicken’s characters for an evening of old Old-time Parlor Games, Hilarious Skits, heart-warming Merry Music and Caroling, the Yorkshire Yawning Contest and of course, the traditional Yule Log Ceremony!

To be held at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church Auditorium, East Bishop Street Bellefonte, PA

Saturday, December 11th – 6:30pm Dinner will be served at 6:30pm

The cost is $25.00 per Adult

Children 5 – 12 $15.00

Children ages 4 and under – Free

Featuring a Traditional Christmas Dinner served Family Style Prepared By the Bellefonte Knights of Columbus

Reservations & Pre-payment Required. Get your tickets early, Seating is limited

For reservations by cash or check please visit Plumb’s Card & Gift Shop,

195 N. Allegheny Street or by phone at: 814-355-9404

Credit Card Tickets reservations made by phone may be picked up at the Will Call Desk at the event venue.

Sponsor of the 2021 Dickens Troupe North Shore & Nittany Bald Eagle Railroad


Horse-drawn Carriage Rides In addition to the regularly schedule carriage rides offered Friday evening, we they will be available on request to provide unique and intimate rides, whether you would like a special tour of the town, a carriage ride to your dinner reservation, or to the Opening Ceremony at the Elementary School. For pricing and reservations contact Melissa at Melissa.hershey@gmail.comFriday evening, December 9th, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m, Saturday, December 10th ,11 am. to 4 p.m, Sunday, December 12th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Weather permitting, Carriage Rides depart from the Brockerhoff on Allegheny Street. Tickets may be purchased in the Brockerhoff foyer or in advance from Melissa.hershey@gmail.comAdults $12.00 per person,  Children 2 & under FREE. Keep in mind you may ask to share your ride with others


Victorian Christmas Teas at our Lovely B&B’s:

Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Each tea will last 1 hour.  Entertainment provided.  $25 per person, no children under 12

Saturday, December 11th – 1:00pm and 3:00pm

Sunday, December 12th – 1:00pm ONLY

No Refunds

Bellefonte B&B

214 N. Allegheny St.

Bellefonte, PA 16823


Phil and Kathy Breidenbaugh


8 people per tea up to 14

Our Fair Lady B&B

313 E. Linn St.

Bellefonte, PA 16823


Bob and Tami Schuster


10-20 people per tea

Reynolds Mansion Bed and Breakfast

101 W. Linn St.

Bellefonte, PA 16823


Tricia and Mike Andriaccio


16 people per tea

Riffles and Runs B&B

217 N. Spring St.

Bellefonte, PA 16823


Steve and Connie McCulley


14 people per tea

The Queen, A Victorian Bed and Breakfast

176 E. Linn St.

Bellefonte, PA 16823


Nancy Noll and Curtis Miller


16 people per tea

Bellefonte Community Band Performances

December 11th the Bellefonte Community Band will perform if weather permits at the Winter Market in Talleyrand Park at 7:00 pm. Enjoy their Annual Holiday Christmas Concert.

The Victorian Holiday Celebration Continues Around Town

Bellefonte Art Museum Of Centre County

Local Artist Museum Display & Sales

Local artisans will be displaying and selling their works of art

during the month of December. Please stop in and purchase something special for that someone that has everything and loves art.

For more information call 814-355-4280

Open Saturday, December 11th from 10 am to 4:30 pm

Open Sunday, December12th from noon to 4:30 pm

Bellefonte Art Museum, 133 N. Allegheny St. Free admission


Centre County Library

Saturday, December 11th

200 North Allegheny Street Open 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

10:00 am – 12:00 pm:

Photos with “Santa Paws”

10:30 am – 10:45 am

Polar Express Reading

All Day: Holiday take-and-make activities

for children* “Hygge” Cozy Kits for adults*

Book gifts for loved ones* Mitten tree collection *Free, while supplies last!


Centre County Library Historical Museum

Saturday, December walk through tours of Our 204-year-old building and museum

203 North Allegheny Street Open 10:00 am – 3:300 pm Self-Guided House and Museum Tours Shopping: James F. Byrnes’ Hand-Blown Glass Ornaments Mrs. Claus’ Bakery Old Saint Nick’s Gift Shop


“Heaven-Sent Hallelujah” Christmas Concert Faith United Methodist Church

Sunday December 12th

3:00pm to 4:30pm 

A music offering to the community, featuring, choir, handbells ,and children’s choir.

Free admission. Handicapped accessible with lots of free parking.

512 Hughes St., Bellefonte


Raider Reindeer 4K Run/Walk Fundraiser on December 11th! Festive! Fun! Family event! Food trucks! We are looking for sponsors! Talk to your parents/place of employment/ businesses! There will be a volunteer sign-up for that day/please join us! Registration form below:


Online registration


Mark your calendar for 2022, December 9th & 10th!


All Scheduled Programs and Venues Are Subject to Change