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Things to Do at Penn State: Dec. 12-31

A selection of cultural events happening at the University for the remainder of 2019

The Arboretum at Penn State will host its annual Winter Celebration on Dec. 13 at University Park campus. Credit: Patrick Mansell / Penn StateCreative Commons

Editor's Note: This is the final edition of "Things to Do at Penn State" for the year. "Things to Do" will resume publication with the start of spring classes.

What's happening at Penn State? Here's a look at some of the cultural events taking place at the University this weekend and next week:


Penn State Altoona University Choir and University Jazz Band2:30 p.m., Dec. 14, Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts, Penn State Altoona. The ensembles will perform a variety of vocal and contemporary big band styles. Free.

EMC Holiday Concert 2019 4 p.m., Dec. 15, Pullo Center, Penn State York. EMC's festive presentation of dance, music and acrobatics performed by people of all ages is designed to entertain the whole family. 

"Fiddler on the Roof" — 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17, Community Arts Center, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport. The national tour of "Fiddler on the Roof" makes a stop in Williamsport.



Winter Celebration5-7 p.m., Dec. 13, the Arboretum at Penn State, University Park campus. Visitors can stroll through holiday displays, listen to seasonal music and take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free.

World Harmony Celebration, An International Marketplace and Festival 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 14, Young Scholars of Central Pa. Charter School, 1530 Westerly Parkway, State College. World Harmony participants will receive an activity passport to travel through the festival to get stamped as they learn and experience cultural activities. The free event is being planned and implemented by Penn State hospitality management students. Free, but registration is encouraged.

Brunch with Santa and Friends11:30 a.m., Dec. 14, Bryce Jordan Center, University Park campus. Families can enjoy food, fun and activities at the Brunch with Santa and Friends event.



"Field to Front: Nittany Lions at War, 1917-1919" — Through Dec. 13, Campus Library, Penn State Scranton. The Penn State All-Sports Museum exhibit on World War I visits the library at the Scranton campus. Free.

"Strewn, Hither and Thither" — Through Dec. 15, Art Alley, HUB-Robeson Galleries, University Park campus. A solo exhibition of inflatables by artist Claire Ashley. Free.

"Bauhaus Transfers: Albers/Rauschenberg" — Through Dec. 15, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. The museum celebrates the centenary of the Bauhaus, the influential school founded in Weimer, Germany, that unifies fine arts, design and architecture in its curriculum. Free.

"The Web of Life: John Biggers and the Power of Pedagogy" — Through Dec. 15, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. The exhibit spotlights the work of artist John Biggers in relation to two important mentors, artist Charles White and famed art educator Viktor Lowenfeld. Free.

"Fantasy and Reality: The World According to Félix Buhot" — Through Dec. 15, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park campus. The museum spotlights one of the most original French printmakers of the 19th century. Free.

"Folded Section" — Through Jan. 10, 2020, Woskob Family Gallery, 146 S. Allen St., State College. The gallery is displaying an ambitious new wall drawing that explores the local landscape. Free.

"Coal Town Holiday Traditions featuring A Wartime Christmas"Through Jan. 31, 2020, Coal and Coke Heritage Center, Penn State Fayette. The exhibit highlights the history of the Connellsville Coke Region, which became a booming industrial area and a melting pot of cultural traditions in the mid- to late-1800s. Free.

"Ghosts" — Through Feb. 2, 2020, HUB-Robeson Galleries, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park campus. An exhibition of works selected from the School of Visual Arts' collection of bisque ware, known as the Bisque Library. Free.

"Cosmologies" — Through March 3, 2020, Art Alley, HUB-Robeson Galleries, HUB-Robeson Center, University park campus. An exhibition of large-scale drawings inspired by systems, steamfitter’s drawings, flight routes and electrical networks.

"On/Of Paper: Work by the Faculty of Architecture at Penn State"Through March 6, 2020, Willard Rouse Gallery, Stuckeman Family Building, University Park campus. The exhibit highlights Penn State architecture faculty members' work and the importance of drawing and paperwork are in their endeavors. Free.

Last Updated December 14, 2019