Christmas Tree Lit in Downtown State College

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and folks in State College say it now feels like the Christmas season, thanks to Friday night’s tree lighting ceremony on College Avenue.

Parents and their children were singing along to popular Christmas Carols, that all led up to a special countdown of the 30 ft tall Christmas tree.

Matt Myers, father of two from State College, says he keeps coming back with his children to the tree lighting ceremony year after, because they like supporting local performers at the event and  because it helps them get in the holiday spirit.

“We had a good time listening Christmas carols and we had hot chocolate and got to watch them light the tre,” Matt Myers, Father, from State College, said.

With next Saturday being “Small Business Saturday” and Penn State’s last home game small business owners in Downtown State College are trying to get a head start on all the holiday shoppers.

“Locals can come down and people in the entire region can come downtown and check out the bargains, shop local and support our local economy,” Rob Schmidt, Executive Director for the Downtown State College Improvement District, said.

As beautiful as the Christmas tree lighting was the highlight for Matt’s children was when Santa arrived.

The Christmas tree will stay up and lit past New Year’s Day and the decorative Christmas lights around downtown will stay up till Penn State’s Spring Break in mid March.

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