Mark your calendar for 2023 First Night State College, December 31, 2022.

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2021 Holiday Market!

We’re making it easy for you to shop at your favorite artists for gifts with our 2021 Holiday Market. You’ll avoid the uncertainties of “supply chain issues” and those dreaded words “some assembly required”. We have over 100 talented artists selling work in a variety of media, from ceramics to jewelry to wood—something for every taste and budget. Many artists are offering free shipping too! You’ll be shopping local and supporting individual artist-entrepreneurs at the same time.  The 2021 Holiday Market is sponsored by State College Framing Company and Gallery.

See a Show!

First Night State College means great family-friendly entertainment! We present music, comedy, variety, and dance in downtown churches, theatres, and public buildings. Our musical acts cover the range from classical to rock ‘n’ roll and from Celtic to ukulele. If you want to say good bye to 2021 with a few laughs we’ll do our best to make you chuckle with two variety acts plus an improv troupe. If you like dance, you can shake a leg in a belly dance workshop! You’re sure to find something you like at First Night!

Join the Fun!

At First Night, you needn’t just watch other people having fun; you can join in! Get a little exercise skating at Pegula Arena, or put on your running gear for our 5K resolution run. Carry a puppet or drum in our grand procession—it’s not just for children! Flex your creative muscles in our art, craft, music, and dance workshops for children and adults. Or just check out our ice sculptures, make a resolution, and enjoy the evening with someone you love. At First Night State College there are lots of ways to join in the fun!

Plan Your Visit!

A First Night button is your key to a great evening. A $10 button provides admission to all of our shows on a first-come, first-seated basis. Buttons are available online (through December 17), at selected downtown merchants, and at our performance venues. Plan on eating while you’re here; we have great food options, both sweet and savory. There’s no need to drive home late at night–area hotels are offering special package rates. Make First Night State College part of your holiday celebrations!

Buy a Button!

A First Night button gets you into all performances and some activities – for just $10!

Major Sponsors

State College Borough
Mount Nittany Health

We are proud to partner with Mount Nittany Health this year.  As our Healthy Resolutions sponsor, Mount Nittany Health is offering you several tips for making a positive impact on your health in 2022.

We’re grateful to all the individuals, businesses, and organizations who support First Night each year. You can see the complete list of sponsors here, and a list of other community supporters here.

More sponsors, as well as other donors and volunteers, are always welcome!

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