Some First Night activities, like ice skating and Lady Lion Basketball, 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 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 rink from the Beaver Avenue stop at Schlow Centre Region Library. See the map here.
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.
Light Up the Night
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 vendors on South Allen Street, in Sidney Friedman Park, or on Mayor Welch Plaza. They’ll have just the right light-up bling to help you accessorize your First Night outfit. In addition to making the evening even more festive, your purchase supports First Night State College programs.
Penn State Lady Lion Basketball
This year, your First Night button provides discounted admission to Penn State Lady Lions basketball in its Big 10 home opener against Maryland. The action starts in the Bryce Jordan Center at 2:00 pm on December 31. If you’re wearing a First Night button, general admission will be just $6! That’s $10 off the regular ticket price!
It’s sure to be an afternoon of hard fought action as Penn State brings a young squad–as in, with no seniors–to the court this year. Maryland’s highly ranked squad, under head coach Brenda Frese, is always a tough opponent.
Head coach Coquese Washington enters her eleventh season leading the Lady Lions. Her teams have won 181 games through her ten seasons, including five 20-win seasons and three Big Ten regular season titles. Washington is a three-time Big Ten Coach of the year and a two-time WBCA National Coach of the year.