Winter Family Fun
Wintertime in West Virginia is serene and breathtaking. Snow settles into cozy mountain towns and families come together to celebrate what matters most. This season, find the joy that being in Almost Heaven brings.
Kids of all ages (and even the adults) will love this timeless tradition. Snow covered trees and beautiful scenery await. Bundle up the family and get cozy under a blanket as you glide through a winter wonderland.
Sheperdstown’s annual holiday celebration offers horse-drawn carriage rides every Saturday from Thanksgiving through Christmas.
Explore Snowshoe Mountain Resort on horseback or by a horse-drawn sleigh. Autumn Breeze Stables will take you through the Potomac Highlands wilderness at Snowshoe. You’ll see scenic views of Silver Creek Lake and valley views towards Cass Railroad.
A sleigh ride through the snow is the perfect way to experience winter in West Virginia.
Christmas Tree Farms
Picking out a Christmas tree with your family is the highlight of the winter season. With many choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms around the state, you’re sure to find the centerpiece for your living room.
In Charleston, Whipkey Tree Farm has Norway Spruce and Douglas Fir. While you’re in town be sure to grab a bite to eat at one of Charleston’s many restaurants.
Visit the Brushy Mountain Tree Farm for Fraiser Fir and Colorado Blue Spruce. They also have free wagon rides out to the fields to make your trip even easier. Most farms across the state are open from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve.
The memories made cutting down and decorating your tree will last a lifetime.
Holiday Train Rides
All aboard a holiday express to a whimsical wonderland! Enjoy a winter train ride through Almost Heaven with the whole family.
Book your tickets aboard the Polar Express on the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad. Every weekend in November and December, the Polar Express takes pajama-clad children to the North Pole. Passengers on this train will receive a golden ticket, hot cocoa mug & a silver bell from Santa Claus himself. Dinner is also available on board, so come hungry.
Experience a Classic Country Christmas this year with the Potomac Eagle’s North Pole Express. This interactive train ride is filled with Christmas caroling, storytelling and fresh baked cookies from Mrs. Claus.
Make this a holiday tradition and bring your family back every year to experience the magic of wintertime in West Virginia.
West Virginia lights up like a Christmas tree during these winter season festivals. Visitors from near and far travel to the state to see the twinkling exhibits in all their glory. This is must-add to your holiday tradition list.
Oglebay’s Festival of Lights is one of the largest in the country with more than a million LED lights. This dazzling display covers over 300 acres of land in an easy six mile drive. The magic of the holiday is amplified with their new 3D glasses, which transforms the lights into a delightful display.
Fairmont boasts a festival with an impressive 475 displays! The Celebration of Lights is sure to warm your heart and create lifelong memories for your family. Don’t forget to grab some hot cocoa before you wind through Morris Park.
A full list of light shows around the state can be found here.
Winter is the perfect season to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the everyday and reconnect with what, and who, matters most. You never know what you might find if you step outside and enjoy the snowflakes.
Blackwater Falls State Park is known for its beautiful waterfall & hiking trails. But in the winter the park transforms into a snow-filled paradise. Take the family to the east coast’s longest sled run. It’s more than a quarter mile long and will keep the kids wanting more. Afterwards roast some marshmallows over an open fire and recount the day’s adventure.
Or take the family ice skating for a day. Morgantown Ice Arena and the Memorial Ice Skating Rink at Wheeling Park are popular options in the winter. While you’re in Wheeling, visit Wesbanco Arena and cheer on the Wheeling Nailers. The Nailers are an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Where will you head with your family this winter?