8 Christmas Events That Will Take You Back To the Good Old Days


A Display at the Holiday of Lights in Bluefield, WV

1. Farmers Markets

Find gifts for everyone on your list that are a little more personal this year. Browse homegrown and handcrafted wares at the Almost Heaven (Indoor) Winter Farmers Market and crafts at the Bluefield Recreation Center, or the Winter Indoor Farmers Market at the State Fair Grounds. They’ll be heated and cozy, so you can browse all day.

2. Mountain Vista Christmas Tree Farm

Sip on hot cocoa as you take a sleigh ride through the Christmas tree farm, where you can pick your own evergreen to take home and brighten your halls. They also have fresh wreaths and other holiday goodies to share.

3. Bramwell Christmas Homes Tour

How often do you get to explore a mansion, much less a whole street of them? The historic street of Bramwell is lined with ornate mansions, from the coal boom days when more billionaire barons lived in this tiny town than anywhere else in the country. For the holidays, these unique homes beckon guests in for cheer and merriment.

4. Night at the North Pole

Enchant the children with a wintery wonderland at Pipestem Spa. Bring them in their pj’s to meet Santa to share pictures, a personal letter and a heartwarming story over milk, cookies, marshmallows, hot chocolate, pizza and more. Decorate your own cookies among the shimmering holiday scenery.

5. Train Show

Marvel at the magic of these little engines chugging around the tracks, ad the intricate details of these nostalgic old rail car collectibles. The little ones will love the ringing, animated Santa’s Holiday Express or Thomas the Tank Engine display with a tunnel.

6. Parades

The small-town streets of Southern WV will be flooded with regalia and cheer! Visit Oak Hill and Gauley Bridge this weekend for old-fashioned celebration through the streets.

7. Performances

Catch 2 versions of the classic “A Christmas Carol” at the Chuck Mathena Canter or the Greenbrier Valley Christmas Theatre, or watch your favorite films on the big screen at the Raleigh Playhouse Theater. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is on stage at the Summit Theatre, and you can enjoy choral performances of the classic carols and more at the Historic Fayette Theater and around Lewisburg.

8. Lights

The shimmer of the snow will reflect the twinkling of the decorations at Southern WV’s stunning displays. Bluefield City Park stretches 40 acres, and Fayetteville City Park glistens with more than 300,000 lights, a growing tradition since it began in the 50s. The Greenbrier will be adorned with ornate decor and a 90-foot tree. All of downtown Lewisburg will be aglow, so you can explore the seasonal cheer in the shops and the streets.

How do you get into the seasonal spirit?