With the Christmas season going into high gear over the next few weeks, it is important to take the time to enjoy the fun of the holidays. One way to do that is to check out all of our awesome area light displays and decorations.
If you don’t know where to find the best light displays here, then we can help. Here’s your list of must-see Christmas decor in southern WV.
Holiday of Lights
What began as a small Christmas display has grown into one of the largest lighting exhibits anywhere in West Virginia.
The Tony Lotito Park in Bluefield is home to over 600,000 lights on 40 acres. This light display is a destination for folks from near and far. Special music, hayrides, and fun are on the agenda at this holiday spectacle. Open nightly through December 31, 6-9pm Sunday through Thursday and 6-10pm Friday and Saturday. Click here to view the Holiday of Lights brochure online in a .pdf format.
45th Annual Lacey’s Lights and Maples Display
Another great Christmas light display with a long history is located at the Fayette County Park in Beckwith. This is, by far, one of the longest running celebrations of Christmas lights in the area. Two displays were brought together, combining over 300,000 lights, continuing the tradition started by Lacey Smith and Elwood and Betty Maples over 45 years ago. Take a drive through the park or check it out on foot. This presentation will take place December 1-30 from 6-10 pm nightly.
Appalachian Coal Town Christmas
Back after a two-year hiatus, this celebration of Christmas at the Exhibition Coal Mine in Beckley is a light display and a whole lot more. There are underground mine tours, marshmallow roasts, horse drawn carriage rides, caroling, and ornament workshops. Taking place on November 30 and December 1 from 5 to 9pm, this event is a great way for folks of all ages to kick off the Christmas season. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children. All decorations and lights will be above ground.
There are a few other places you can experience Christmas lights throughout the local area.
- Lights along the Midland Trail- Hawks Nest State Park in Ansted
- Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park- Christmas lights in Summersville.
- The Greenbrier Resort- tree lighting with Santa at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs.
Make your Christmas more festive and fun by getting out and seeing these wonderful displays of the holiday season.
What’s your favorite place to see lights in our area?