CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Halloween is over. That must mean it's the holiday season.With Christmas coming just four weekends after Hanukkah and Thanksgiving, it looks as if the Santas will arrive and the Christmas trees will be up long before the chrysanthemums die, the jack-o'-lanterns rot and the ceramic turkeys are stored away.So make travel plans and/or reservations now for some of West Virginia's many major holiday events.Winter Festival of Lights
WHEELING -- Since 1985, the annual Winter Festival of Lights at Olgebay Resort has become of the country's largest, covering more than 300 acres over a six-mile drive through the park.The displays, all using energy-saving LED lights, are viewable from Nov. 8 through Jan. 5 from dusk until 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and from dusk until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.A per-car donation of $25 is requested and is valid for the entire festival season. Trolley tours are offered several times each night beginning at Wilson Lodge.Paid admission into the Good Zoo includes a Light & Music Extravaganza, which takes place several times nightly on the zoo patio and features more than 35,000 LED lights choreographed to exciting music.For more information, visit www.oglebay-resort.com
or call 800-624-6988.Christmas Arts & Crafts
MORGANTOWN -- The fourth annual West Virginia Arts & Crafts Christmas Spectacular will take place Nov. 15-17 in the Ruby Expo Center at Mylan Park.More than 175 exhibits of arts and crafts will be featured, including jewelry, dried and silk floral arrangements, decorative painting, soft sculpture, clothing, fabric decor for the home, personalized ornaments and holiday decorations.Packaged foods such as dip mixes, drink mixes, candies, fudge, kettle corn, various roasted nuts and dessert mixes will be available to sample and for purchase.Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17. For more information, call 724-863-4577, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.familyfestivals.com
Fantasy Light Show
POINT PLEASANT -- A drive-through Christmas Fantasy Light Show opens Nov. 15 and continues through Dec. 31 in Krodel Park.The animated light displays include Santa Claus, elves, gingerbread men, angels -- and the Mothman.There is no admission fee, but donations are encouraged. Hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. For additional information, call 304-675-6788 or email email@example.com
PARKERSBURG -- Trees of our Heritage will be open for view Nov. 17 through Dec. 22 at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park.Trees are decorated to depict different cultures and countries and staged throughout the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History. Activities will begin 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 17. Admission is $2 per person.
General admission into the museum is $4 for adults and $2 for children starting Nov. 18. Call 304-420-4800 or visit www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com
for more information.
Holidays at Stonewall
WESTON -- Stonewall Resort has several holiday events scheduled, including a wreath-making workshop that includes instruction on making decorative bows.Classes are offered from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Nov. 23 and 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 30. The fee is $25 per person. Call 304-269-8820 to reserve a spot.Full weekends of activities ranging from holiday movies to bell choir performances and holiday craft making are planned for Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13-15. There will be culinary demonstrations on liquid-nitrogen peppermint ice cream and what to do with holiday leftovers.The Wild World of Animals showcase will be featured Dec. 20-22. Also booked are the Madrigal Singers of Clarksburg and the Chanticleer Children's Choir. Holiday games and a culinary demonstration on making figgy pudding are among the other activities.A Sunday brunch with Santa will be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 15 and 22.For more information or for reservations, contact Stonewall Resort at 304-269-7400 or visit www.stonewallresort.com
.Lewisburg open house
LEWISBURG -- The annual holiday open house will take place Nov. 24 in multiple locations throughout Lewisburg.Live music, holiday-themed refreshments, carriage rides, holiday decorations and a visit from Santa are all part of the event. Hours are noon to 5 p.m.Call 304-645-1000 or 800-833-2068 or visit www.downtownlewisburg.com
for more information.Parkersburg lights
PARKERSBURG -- Parkersburg City Park and Southwood Park will be decorated for Holiday in the Park, a drive-through light display, Nov. 23 to Dec. 31.Colorful animated and still holiday light displays feature the 12 Days of Christmas, cartoon characters, an animated woodworking shop and more.For more information, call 304-480-2655 or 304-905-7242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
.'White Christmas' musical
PARKERSBURG -- "Irving Berlin's White Christmas -- The Musical" will be performed at 8 p.m. Nov. 22, 23, 29 and 30 and Dec. 7 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 24, Dec. 1 and 8 at the Parkersburg Art Center. The musical adaptation of the film features 17 songs by Berlin.Call 304-485-1300 or visit www.actors-guild.com
for additional information.Polar Express sold out
ELKINS -- The Polar Express train rides based on the holiday feature film and the children's book by Chris Van Allsburg are already sold out for this year.Beginning Jan. 2, reservations will be taken for the 2014 train excursion of young pajama-clad passengers to the North Pole. There, Santa boards the train to greet children.Visit www.mountainrailwv.com/choose-a-train/polar-express
or call 877-686-7245 for reservations and additional information.