Ice Skating, Carriage Rides, Festive Bling and More!

Some First Night activities, like ice skating are fun to do with lots of people. Others, like a carriage ride, are best when shared with that special someone. No matter what you chose to do at First Night, adding a little bling—and some blink—will make it even more fun!

Ice Skating

Sponsored by Geisinger

Ice skating is First Night State College’s most popular event, and makes a great way to slide (or triple Salchow) into the new year. Skaters glide and dance to music provided by Larry Moore Productions in the Pegula Ice Arena on the Penn State campus. Skating sessions begin at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10 p.m. Ice will be resurfaced at 45 minutes past the hour. A First Night button is required to access the arena. Ice skates may be rented free of charge at the arena, courtesy of Geisinger.

There is no need to be concerned about parking on campus. CATA White Loop bus service runs to the Pegula Ice Arena from the Beaver Avenue stop at Schlow Centre Region Library.  Other stops include The Palmer Museum of Art and Pattee Library. Service starts at Schlow Library at 4:30 p.m., and operates every 10 minutes until 11:00 p.m. The last complete trip leaves Schlow Library at 10:50 p.m.

See the map here.

Carriage Rides

Sponsored by the Downtown State College Improvement District and Ward Transport & Logistics

 At Mayor Welch Plaza, two carriages drawn by Percheron draft horses, take you back in time as they carry you through downtown State College. Dress warmly – it’s difficult to turn up the heat in an open carriage. Rides are offered from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. Due to high demand, not all of those wishing to ride may be accommodated. Carriage rides are $5 a person and require a First Night Button.

Arts Festival Banner Exhibition

1:00 pm to 8:00 pm Art Alliance Gallery Downtown, 123 S. Fraser St.

Colorful banners flying high above South Allen Street are hallmarks of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. Over the years, two artists have made an extraordinary contribution to our ever-growing collection of Arts Festival banners—Joanie Eyster and Marty Edmunds.

Visit the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown between 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm to get a close-up view of some of our favorite banners by Joanie and Marty. Feeling inspired? Pick up a copy of the Festival’s annual Banner Competition guidelines so you can get started on your entry to the 2020 Banner Competition.

Light Up the Night

Sponsored by FirstEnergy Foundation

Put a little bling (and blink!) in your life! It’s not often that you can wear a clown hat with flashing lights and noodle hair. Or that you have a place to wear a sparkly fedora with blinking lights. Or that the occasion calls for a fiber optic wand. First Night State College, however, is the perfect place for things that blink, flash, glitter, and glow.

Beginning at 6:00 pm, look for our roving revelers on South Allen Street, in Sidney Friedman Park, or on Mayor Welch Plaza handing out free bling. They’ll have just the right light-up bling to help you accessorize your First Night outfit.

Light Up the Night Bling

Buy a Button!

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

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