There are a lot of events at Bellefonte’s Victorian Christmas, such as concerts, dinners, tours and shows. Like all festivals, these events take place at specific places and times – for being a small town, Bellefonte is surprisingly vast and adult oriented activities may actually take place in the evening. Many of the events require tickets and for some exhibits, space is limited. It is best to know ahead of time what events visitors are interested in so as not to miss them. It is well worth the trip to enjoy the programs and the town and is best experienced over the full weekend to get a taste of all this festival has to offer.
Of course, plenty of events happen all day and are readily accessible to join in. Carriage rides trot up and down the street. A Civil War reenactment camp is located in the town square and showcases ladies in period costume as well as soldiers. The Centre County Library and Historical museum holds special exhibits in honor of the celebration. Arguably the most relaxing and enjoyable aspect of the weekend are the over one dozen concerts that run throughout the weekend. Most of these concerts are held in Bellefonte’s beautiful churches and showcases local and seasonal music. Don’t miss the evening shows! All the concerts are free admission so arrive early.
For the kids there is plenty of fun spaced out over the weekend. At the museum are free crafts for kids to make and while you are there check out the winners of the Gingerbread House Contest. You will want to make time for an all-kids Victorian tea. Also, Saturday morning is Breakfast With Santa. If you can’t make it to breakfast then be sure to meet Santa at his house! Saturday and Sunday local museums, school buildings, and the YMCA host indoor craft shows with handcrafted seasonal goodies suited to everybody’s interests. Each craft show has a concession which is usually a fundraiser for select local organizations.
Admission to the festival is free, but many of the events are moderately priced and require tickets. Free parking is available at the Bellefonte high school and middle school and a free shuttle runs to the festival downtown