Dickens Troupe

The Dickens Troupe is a Bellefonte Victorian Christmas favorite./Historic Bellefonte Inc.

Organizers of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania’s, annual Victorian Christmas event have come together for 2020 to offer a COVID-19 friendly celebration. The event is planned for Dec. 11 and 12 in the small community, just 12 miles from Penn State University.

“The Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Committee felt that we all need something to look forward to at the holiday season,” said Sally Houser, an organizer of the event.

The festivities will kick off, as usual, at the Centre County Courthouse, with a ceremony that includes carol singing and entertainment led by the Dickens Troupe.

One of the biggest draws of the event annually, the indoor Arts and Crafts Fair will be moved to the streets of Bellefonte, allowing for ample room for vendors to spread out and visitors to enjoy in the fresh air. Vendors, Houser said, will be placed 20 feet apart.

Highlights during the event include:

  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • Concerts on the courthouse lawn and in the Talleyrand Park Gazebo
  • Ongoing entertainment by the Dickens Troop
  • Victorian Tea Events at participating bed and breakfasts
  • And of course, a visit from Santa

Santa’s House will be open during the event and this holiday season Santa and his elves will be wearing masks. In an effort to keep Santa and all attendees safe, he won’t be taking visits on his lap this year — all photos with Santa will be taken standing outside. All treats will be pre-packaged.

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