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 A new Guinness World Record has been set


Ice Luminaries were displayed in downtown State College!

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On Saturday Feb. 4, State College will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the largest ice lantern display by illuminating more than 3,000 ice luminaries.

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Event Details

Luminaries must be dropped off between 2pm and 5p.m. on Saturday, February 4. Record-breaking moment at 6p.m.

Allen Street between College and Beaver Avenues in Downtown State College

Light Up State College, a Guinness World Record Attempt

How to Make an Ice Luminary 

Making an ice luminary is a fun and simple 5-step process that you and your family will enjoy. 

STEP 1 Fill the large container about three-quarters full with water. Please do not add food coloring or any decorative elements to the water, or Guinness will not count your luminary.

STEP 2 Place an adhesive (e.g. glue dot, tape) on top of the small container’s lid and secure it to the underside of the large container’s lid.

STEP 3 Place the lid on the large container and put it in a freezer until frozen solid.

STEP 4 Remove the lid and pull the small container out of the ice. This is where your LED votive will go (we’ll supply the LEDs at the event).

STEP 5 Remove the ice luminary from the large container. If it sticks, run some warm water over the outside of the container. You’re done!

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TIP: When you’ve finished your luminary, store it in a plastic grocery bag in your freezer. This will prevent it from freezing to other things while in storage, and makes it easy to carry when you’re ready to take it downtown!

What Counts as an

Ice Luminary?

According to Guinness, ice luminaries are cup-shaped structures made purely out of ice that hold a light inside. They must be made of ice and a light only — please do not freeze decorative items within the luminary or they won’t count.

Pick up DIY ice luminary kits in Downtown State College.

The current world record contains 2,651 separate lanterns and was set in 2013 by the residents of Vuollerim, Sweden. They have been making ice lanterns to coincide with a nearby winter market for the last 10 years.

We need to make a ton of luminaries, so the more you make, the closer we are to the record!

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The kit is free and may be picked up at the following locations downtown:

Appalachian Outdoors, Discovery Space, Happy Valley LaunchBox, The Make Space, The Makery, Movement Arts Studio, Noodles & Company, New Leaf Initiative, Old State Clothing Co., Schlow Centre Region Library, Woskob Family Gallery

It can take up to 24 hours for your luminary to completely freeze depending on your freezer.
Luminaries must be dropped off on Allen Street (between College and Beaver Aves) between 2pm and 5pm on Saturday, February 4. Please visit our registration table when you arrive so we can count your luminaries. The record-breaking moment will take place at 6pm
Nope. An LED light will be provided on the day of the event. 
The event is the result of a winning submission by The Make Space to the Knight Cities Challenge. The contest seeks ideas to make communities more vibrant places to live and work. 
Through this event, The Make Space hopes to get people making something, encourage creativity and display the power of community.
The hole needs to be at least 1.25” in diameter and 1.25” deep.
There will be a special section for unique entries but they may not count toward the record. If you are concerned about the safety of the entry please watch it during the event.

Sure! If you would like to participate as an organization and display your luminaries in a unique way please reach out to us at

Vuollerim, Sweden is the current record holder. To learn more, visit


The Make Space
Centre Foundation
The Knight Foundation

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