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Downtown Polar Express

UPDATE: Pre-registration has SOLD OUT. Walk-in registrations will be accepted in person on a first come, first serve basis by visiting the Downtown State College Improvement District at 127 S Fraser Street, Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm. Additional spaces will be reserved for day of walk-ins beginning at 9am on Saturday and 12pm on Sunday. Please call 814-238-7004 with questions.
Welcome aboard the Polar Express, powered by PNC Bank!
Children and their families will enjoy a reading of the Polar Express book, a visit to Santa’s Workshop, a trolley ride downtown with an opportunity to see the Polar Express movie for FREE at The State Theatre and enjoy additional family activities at a number of downtown businesses during their day downtown!
Families will start their adventure at the Downtown State College Improvement District at 127 S Fraser. We encourage you to park in the Fraser Street garage and we will provide you with a free 4-hour validation! When you arrive, you will receive your ticket to board the Polar Express, instructions for the first part of your trip, and a list of free downtown activities that your family can enjoy during your visit.
At Santa’s workshop, hosted by State College Downtown Rotary Club, Santa will greet and take photos with every child, after which children will enter the workshop and pick out a free toy. The last stop is the craft table, where kids receive a printed copy of their photo with Santa. Best off all it’s all free of charge.
Downtown activities include:
The State Theatre – Free showings of The Polar Express Movie
The Makery – Drop in maker workshops
Jersey Mike’s Subs – Free kids meal with Polar Express ticket
Lion’s Pride – Free gift wrapping & refreshments
Cape Escape – Ornament decorating
Three Little Birds Boutique – Free gift wrapping & inexpensive gifts for Mom
Doggie’s Pub – Crafts, holiday music, card making
Fraser Street Commons – Hot chocolate, BELIEVE ornament making
Webster’s Bookstore & Cafe – Ornament making out of reclaimed books
Advanced reservations may be made online through Eventbrite beginning Tuesday, December 3rd at 9 am. Instructions on how to register will be coming soon. Walk up and stand by tickets will also be available during the event.
The Schlow Centre Region Library has opted not to participate in the event, so all reservations will be handled by the Downtown State College Improvement District.

This event is only possible through the help of many volunteers.  Thank you to the members of the Downtown Rotary Club and Stepping Stones Community Church who give of their time and talents each year to make the holidays a little brighter for all who attend The Polar Express.