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‘Victorian Christmas’ canceled due to COVID-19

BELLEFONTE — Another longtime Centre County event has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Bellefonte Victorian Christmas, the county seat’s signature event, announced on its website that it will take a pause due to the pandemic.

Organizers for the event — which had been scheduled for Dec. 11-12 — were working to find a safe way to hold the event outdoors with social distancing and masks. However, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest mitigation measures announced on Nov. 23 left them no options but to cancel the event.

“Due to the Governor’s COVID-19 Guidelines of November 23, 2020, we have no choice but to cancel the event this year. We will take all the hard work and preparation put into this year’s event and make our 2021 Bellefonte Victorian Christmas worth waiting for. We wish you and your family a healthy and blessed Christmas,” a statement on the event’s website said.

Wolf’s latest order includes stricter occupancy limits for indoor and outdoor events. Outdoor events are capped at 2,500 people.

The annual Christmas event is a Bellefonte tradition that celebrates its Victorian history, with events on the streets and in venues throughout town including dinners, an arts and crafts show, Christmas concerts, horse-drawn carriage rides and more. This year was to be the 39th edition of the event.

For months, organizers had worked with Bellefonte Borough to find a way to hold the event in a safe way, following all the latest COVID-19 guidelines. The new regulations left no options but to cancel.

Bellefonte Victorian Christmas is a two-day event in downtown Bellefonte that features strolling Dickens’ characters, shopping, arts and crafts, horse and buggy rides and of course, Santa Claus.

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