WINTER EVENTS & FESTIVALS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.More Events