10 Must-Visit Holiday Light Displays in West Virginia
As the snow begins to settle so softly, like falling stars dancing through the sky, wintertime magic and family traditions come alive once more. Driving through quaint mountain towns to see the magnificent holiday light displays while sipping hot coco and laughing the night away is a childhood memory many West Virginians cherish. Whether you’re looking to create a fun new holiday tradition for your kids or to simply experience an aura of yesteryear, these 10 uniquely Almost Heaven light displays are easy to enjoy.
Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay Resort
With more than 90 lighted attractions boasting more than one million energy-efficient LED lights, Oglebay’s Winter Festival of Lights is one of the nation’s largest and most extravagant holiday light shows. The Festival covers more than 300 acres over a 6-mile drive throughout the Oglebay Resort.
Take a heated, guided trolley tour while experiencing the magic of round trip service from the destination of your choice. Guests can enjoy their favorite classic Christmas songs, a delicious buffet and more.
St. Albans Festival of Lights
St. Albans, WV
One of the favorite seasonal must-sees in the entire state of West Virginia, the St. Albans Festival of Lights has been adding new elements to its holiday festivities since its opening in 1988. A family holiday tradition for locals, this light show features familiar favorites like Snoopy, classic nativity scenes and a cherished visit with Santa to conclude the drive.
One special night a year guests can take a free hayride through the park, or take their own walking tour to get up-close and personal with the twinkling lights.
Holiday of Lights
Beginning on Thanksgiving night of each year and continuing through New Year’s Eve, guests can cruise through Bluefield City Park and experience more than 40 plus acres of eye-catching light displays. This spot offers tons of Christmas festivities such as meetings with Santa at the Ridge Runner Train Station or festive hay rides for just $3.00 per person.
Want to add another holiday tradition to your list? Register for the annual Holiday of Lights 5K happening on Saturday, November 20, 2021.
Celebration of Lights
Experience the magic of 1.3 miles of beautiful Christmas light displays on this beautiful drive. Housing over 500 light displays, the Celebration of Lights is a breathtaking route, enjoyable for anyone. New this season, every Wednesday visitors will be able to opt out of car traffic and travel through the festival on foot, allowing for a picture perfect up-close view of the lights.
Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 per car, $25 per bus or $5.00 Per Person on Wednesday “Walker Nights” (children under 12 are free).
60 Spectacular Days of Holiday Cheer at The Greenbrier Resort
White Sulfur Springs, WV
Every Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas, both over-night guests and locals alike gather on the front lawn to see The Greenbrier lit up in dazzling lights. Each tree lighting ceremony includes hot chocolate, cookies and caroling, before Santa arrives with his magical touch to turn on the property’s incredible lights.
Animated light displays, holiday music and The Greenbrier’s 90 foot Christmas tree provide a great place for a festive evening stroll you won’t want to miss this season.
The Christmas Village at Heritage Farm
Mark your calendars and come enjoy this spectacular lighted Appalachian village filled with all your favorite holiday activities and unique experiences. Spend your night visiting with Santa and Mrs. Clause, or dancing with Frosty the Snowman while listening to live Christmas music by local school groups and admiring the twinkling lights.
The live nativity scene and wagon ride through the lights may be a dream come true for your family this winter season.
Christmas Fantasy Light Show
Point Pleasant, WV
Every night between November 22nd and December 31st, drive through Krodel Park and view the unique, animated holiday light displays. Each year the show features treasured local folklore and culture within their displays. Guests young and old marvel over the breathtaking sternwheeler, historically famous Mothman and a twenty-foot windmill.
Enjoy these sparkling scenes sprinkled with local folklore from the comfort of your own car this winter.
Yuletide in the Park
The holiday spirit is abundant at this vibrant drive-through light display. Located in the newly renovated Valley Park in Hurricane, this boastful light display is home to an abundance of festive activities, perfect for soaking up the wintertime magic with your little ones. The week-long event offers a Christmas cookie competition, artisanal vendors, breakfast with Santa and so much more.
The light display is free to the public, but donations are appreciated.
Christmas in the Park at Chief Logan State Park
Take a festive drive through Chief Logan State Park during the annual Christmas in the Park light display and experience the charm of Almost Heaven’s state parks in a new light. This absolutely stunning light display is free for all visitors to enjoy, though donations are always appreciated.
Enjoy the light-heartedness of this elegant display and the beauty of this state park while making memories and traditions that will last a lifetime.
Holiday in the Park
Celebrate the holidays this season by driving with family and friends through the skillfully decorated City and Southwood Parks while listening to cheerful music and making everlasting memories. The feeling of joy and happiness childhood favorites like SpongeBob, and a giant green dragon evoke are an ode to warm memories of yesteryear. The entire program is operated by cherished volunteers—donations are appreciated, but not required.
Grab your camera and go outside to explore this twinkling beauty covering the parks this winter.
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This post was last updated on November 15, 2021