Adventure Advisory: 2015 Wrap-Up

The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit items electronically at


Now – Dec. 31: Hometown White Christmas, Webster Springs


Downtown Webster Springs and the Baker’s Island Recreation Area are decorated with thousands of lights and dozens of interesting Christmas displays. Many businesses offer extended store hours and other special events.


Dec: 18-20: Primitive Bushcraft Weekend Workshop, Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem


Learn the basics of primitive bushcraft skills including establishing shelter, creating fire, foraging wild edibles, procuring and purifying water, land navigation, bird/song identification, plant and tree identification and more.   

Dec. 19: Huntington Christmas Express, Huntington

Board historic railroad cars to hear a magical Christmas story while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies. This stationary event lasts about an hour and kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas. Hours are 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. The cost for this event is $10 per person.


Dec. 20: Brunch with Santa, Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis


Santa stops at Blackwater Falls before returning to the North Pole with his naughty and nice list. The visit with Santa is free. Hours are 10:30 a.m. until noon.


Dec. 20: Glenn Miller Orchestra, Oak Glen High School’s Little Theater, New Cumberland


Get in the holiday mood with the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. The Oak Glen High School Mixed Ensemble will perform an opening set. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., tickets are $25 in advance and $28 at the door.


Dec. 23: B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert, Capitol Theatre, Wheeling


The B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert continues to wow audiences throughout the Midwest as Taylor transforms old favorites through bold interpretations to create new traditions that will live in the heart as long as Christmas is celebrated.


Dec. 24-25: Canaan Christmas Celebration, Canaan Valley Resort State Park, Davis

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Holiday activities include a visit from Mrs. Claus and a reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” as well as a visit from Santa himself on the 24th. Holiday buffets will be offered both Dec. 24 and 25.


Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve at Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs


Ring in the New Year at Cacapon Resort with music, dancing, and a formal toast to start off 2016!


Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration, Chief Logan Lodge, Logan


A New Year’s Eve dinner and dance features live music by The Jaguars. The $149 package includes overnight accommodations, buffet dinner for two, two drink tickets and a champagne toast at midnight.


Dec. 31: A New Year’s Eve Mingle, Tygart Lake State Park, Grafton


Appetizer trays and a cash bar will be available from 9 p.m. until after the midnight countdown. Overnight guests are invited to mingle with other guests, have a drink, watch the countdown on the big TVs and bring in the New Year with family, friends, and new acquaintances.


Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Party, Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis


Celebrate the coming of a new year at beautiful and relaxing Blackwater Falls State Park with dinner and evening entertainment.


Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Party, North Bend State Park, Cairo


Ring in the New Year at North Bend State Park. Enjoy an evening of live music, delicious food, and celebration. This is event is always a sell-out, so call early for reservations!


Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Party at Twin Falls Resort State Park, Mullens


The dinner and dance package includes a New Year’s toast and refreshments and one or two nights’ lodging. This will be a themed event. Reservations required.


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This post was last updated on December 4, 2015