Christmas is quickly approaching but there’s still time for a few more holiday festivities. Put down that tray of gingerbread cookies. Take a break from wrapping lightsabers and Elsa dolls. Now, get in the car and go see some Christmas lights!
Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay – Wheeling, WV
This year, hubs and I finally made the trip to Oglebay Resort to check out the lights. With more than six miles of displays, it’s worth the hour and a half drive. Keep an eye out for the ferris wheel and carousel, two of my favorites!
There’s also a model train display and a holiday laser show located along the light route. Stop in the lodge to enjoy dinner at Glass Works Grill (the Bethany, WV Burger is amazing!) or grab some coffee or hot cocoa to drink as you cruise through the lights.
The Festival of Lights is open until 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through January 3. $20 donation per car.
Christmas Light Up Celebration – Clinton, PA
Located on Route 30, this is one of my favorite local light displays. It’s a one-mile loop through the beautifully illuminated Clinton Park.
It’s also close enough to home to bring hot cocoa to enjoy along the route. What better way to spend a chilly evening than sipping hot cocoa, listening to Christmas music and driving through the lights in your dog-themed pajama pants?
The Celebration of Lights is open daily, including holidays, from 5-10 p.m. through January 3. $10 donation per car.
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland – Butler, PA
I have heard great things about this massive new light display located at the Big Butler Fairgrounds. I’m especially excited about the Santa’s Beach Party displays, which are oddly appropriate given the warm weather we’ve been enjoying.
Santa’s Village also features snacks, activities and themed Christmas trees. The kids can write a letter to Santa or have their picture taken, too.
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is open daily, including holidays, until 10 p.m through January 3. $25 per car. Bring your Giant Eagle card for a $2 discount.