Winter in West Virginia is a magical time of year. Glittering snow covers the mountains, hot cocoa is an everyday ritual and Almost Heaven bustles with events, festivals and outdoor adventures. This winter embrace the cold and enjoy everything from glimmering lights festivals to unique holiday festivities. Create cherished memories made in the Mountain State all season long.

Mountain Lights Festivals

Festival of Lights

November 10 – January 8, Wheeling

Highly anticipated each year, the Festival of Lights at Oglebay is deemed one of the best light shows in the entire country. Here, winter-themed displays and dazzling lights are spread across the property’s 300 acres and can be enjoyed with a 6-mile drive. This family-friendly event is definitely one that you won’t want to miss.

Celebration of Lights

November 25 – December 30, Fairmont

Visit Morris Park and turn on some festive music for some extra holiday cheer when driving though the Celebrations of Lights. Stop by on Nov. 19 for Market in the Park, an open-air holiday market with vendors, crafters and food trucks. This event is the perfect opportunity to walk through the glimmering lights while doing a little holiday shopping at the same time.

St. Albans Festival of Lights

November 25 – December 26, St. Albans

Come out to St. Albans City Park on Nov. 23 for an extra special tour- a free hayride amongst the lights. After that, the Festival of Lights will be open nightly for drive-through traffic from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season and create a new tradition with your family this year.

Christmas in the Park

November 24 – December 31, Logan

Add the beloved Christmas in the Park at Chief Logan State Park to your must-do list this year. This spectacular show features more than one million lights along a 2.5-mile drive through the park. The gift shop will be open and hot chocolate will be available for an additional treat.

Holiday Festivities

Fayetteville’s Gingerbread Festival

December 3 , Fayetteville

Stroll the town of Fayetteville and experience celebrating the holidays with authentic small-town flair. Browse local shops as you take in the town transformed into a real-life candy land, with gingerbread decor galore. Enjoy cookie decorating, crafts, caroling, stories, face painting, hot cocoa, writing letters to Santa and more! The day wraps up with a Christmas parade at 5 p.m., featuring Santa himself.

Christmas Village

December 2 3 & 9 10, Huntington

An incredible way to kick off the holiday season is with a trip to the Christmas Village at Heritage Farm Museum and Village. For a brief time, this open-air living history museum turns into a magical winter wonderland with lights, music, and special appearances from Santa, Frosty and friends.

Bolivar Olde Tyme Christmas

December 2 4 & 10 11, Harpers Ferry

This long-lasting traditional Christmas celebration held at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is perfect for anyone in need of some extra excitement this season. During this celebration the charming streets are beautifully decorated with holiday décor, which pairs perfectly with the many events such as wagon rides, historical tours, live entertainment, children’s activities and shopping.

Feast of the Seven Fishes

December 8 – 10, Fairmont

A unique and interesting holiday tradition, Feast of the Seven Fishes features authentic Italian cuisine, live demonstrations, market-style shopping, festivals and competitions. You’re guaranteed to feel like a local at this event and it’s a great way to create memories with friends new and old.

Bramwell Christmas Tour of Homes

December 10, Bramwell

Travel back in time with a look into a Victorian Christmas in the historic town of Bramwell. What used to be a prospering coal town and home to countless millionaires is now open for private tours. Walk the quaint brick streets and dine locally for the complete package.

One-of-a-kind Activities

North Pole Express

Come aboard the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad to see the spirit of Christmas come alive. Sing Christmas carols, drink hot chocolate, eat warm cookies and milk, listen to stories and make Christmas crafts all on your ride. Stop by a live nativity stable and even meet Mr. & Mrs. Clause!

Offroad RZR Adventure Tour

Jump into an enclosed, and heated off-road side-by-side and experience the thrill of driving the ultimate off-road machine. Experience some of Snowshoe Mountain’s best backcountry areas with a variety of scenery and terrain.

Sleigh Ride

What’s more magical than a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh ride at The Greenbrier Resort. Glide across a picturesque wintry scene as you listen to the sleigh bells ring, wrapped up in a blanket with the ones you love most.

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