If you find yourself in Happy Valley during the Christmas season, here are few of my favorite places to enjoy Christmas light displays in State College.
The plaza next to Fraser Shops on Fraser Street in downtown State College is a great spot to enjoy a Christmas light display synchronized to holiday music.
The music changes every few minutes, so it’s never the same light show twice.
This is also a convenient spot to check out as it is literally right next to the Fraser Street parking garage.
College and Allen
The Christmas tree at the intersection of College Avenue and South Allen Street is another must-see when visiting downtown State College.
Standing on campus, facing the Corner Room, is probably my favorite angle to view this scene from.
The Tavern Restaurant
The alley next to the Tavern Restaurant is also a beautiful spot to check out when visiting downtown State College at Christmas.
The Arboretum at Penn State
On campus, the Arboretum is always a beacon of good cheer this time of year.
There are light displays scattered throughout the Arboretum, so plan on spending a half hour or so walking the loop around the grounds.
The Children’s Garden is probably my favorite area for light displays.
The greenhouse in particular is always a beautiful scene.
The Nittany Lion
Although there are no special light displays at the Lion Shrine for Christmas, you can’t really say you’ve been to Happy Valley unless you stop for a quick photo with the Nittany Lion!
As a local, one of my favorite days of the year to walk around campus is Christmas morning!
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