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Bellefonte Victorian Christmas: ‘Tis the season for romance.

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Bellefonte, Pennsylvania 16823

Christmastime is magical in Downtown Bellefonte and if you haven’t experienced Victorian Christmas with your honey, you’re both missing out on one of the most romantic places to visit this time of the year.

A great way to kick off your weekend together is with one of the infamous horse-drawn carriage rides. Two big and beautiful Clydesdales will be clippety-clopping around town on Friday evening, December 13th, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and again on Saturday from 11:00am to 4:00pm. This is a perfect opportunity to snuggle and take in the beautiful tree-lit streets and architecture of downtown Bellefonte. You can enjoy the ride before you head to lunch, dinner or to shop downtown. 

We suggest that the best way to continue your date together is to spend money on each other. The guys may want to check out the cool stuff at The Plaza Center, Victorian House Antiques, Art a la Carté or Mish Mosh, where they’re sure to find anything from great vinyl collections to retro gaming to one-of-a-kind artwork. Now that he’s got his arms full with new merch, it’s off to check out Helen Foxx & Co., the woman’s clothing boutique that everyone is talking about. Most ladies we know spend some serious time in this joint. The affordable collection of new and one of a kind tops, dresses and outfits are amazing and the customer service is fantastic. (Men – pay close attention to what she falls in love with because it will be a long list.) There’s plenty of gift ideas for others, too. Pick out a scarf for your friend, jewelry for your sister, and mittens for your mother-in-law. With a wide range of accessories and clothing, a gift from Helen Foxx will give both the gift giver and gift receiver a ton of bragging rights.

Now that you’re both thinking fashion-forward, next stop is Confer’s Jewelers. The iconic jewelry store in downtown Bellefonte has been a staple in the community for years. Take a good long look at their amazing collection of earrings, necklaces and their countless rings on display. (Did you hear that guys? A huge selection of amazing rings. Hint hint.)

All of this shopping can make a person or two hungry so grab a cozy booth at the Governors’ Pub. The “Pub”, as locals call it, offers an extensive variety of food and drinks to appease everyone’s appetite. Split an interesting app, try some traditional pub fare with a twist or go for an amazing entrée. Finish it off with a homemade desert to make this a meal to remember.

Now it’s time for a pick-me-up. Grab a cup of coffee and some sweets at Cool Beans or Bonfatto's and whisk yourselves away to the new Bellefonte Woman’s Club History on Wheel & Homes Tour. Meet some historic community members of the past as they board the bus to share their unique contribution to Bellefonte. Then take your time as you stroll the sidewalks together under the twinkling lights. There’s a good chance you’ll hear children singing Christmas classics coming from within the elementary school auditorium if you walk by.

While humming along with the Christmas carolers as you pass them by, head down to the waterfront to stroll along picturesque Spring Creek. Make your way toward Talleyrand Park and walk through the sparkling Christmas lights and displays to arrive at the local distillery, Big Spring Spirits. The perfect way to end your Christmastime date night is with some Christmas cheers and a glass or two of spiked eggnog.

Spending time in downtown Bellefonte and experiencing Victorian Christmas together is certain to brighten your holidays. For a complete list of events, click here:

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