As the Penn State Trolley looped around downtown State College to get the best views of the fraternity houses decked out in holiday lights, passengers of all ages oohed and aahed.
Kappa Sigma, adorned with gold lights and sparkling red and green Christmas trees, was an instant crowd pleaser. Phi Kappa Psi, with an inflatable candy cane tunnel, also received rave reviews.
Many houses stayed true to tradition — like Alpha Zeta with a live nativity scene complete with a baby dairy cow.
The trolley rides were offered as part of the Interfraternity Council’s Holiday Lights Tours on Wednesday night. Fraternity houses along Burrowes Street, many of which sported festive indoor and outdoor decorations, were open to the public.
“The reason we keep doing it is for the kids and the community members,” IFC President Alex Frederick said. “I think they enjoy the tours and getting to see the houses in a nice light.”
State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham said she had a “fabulous” time admiring the fraternities, noting “it’s wonderful to see that we’re humans and they’re humans.”