Holiday Events



Get in the Holiday Spirit in Southern West Virginia

The holidays are a magical time in Southern West Virginia. Christmas festivals, breakfast with Santa and showings of classic Christmas movies make it the perfect time to get out and enjoy time with your family. Check out some of our area’s exciting holiday events below!


Ice Skating in Beckley

New this year – go ice skating with your family at the Coal Town Christmas event! This new fun activity will be available daily through December 8. Skating price will be included during Coal Town Christmas Event on December 6 and 7.


Appalachian Coal Town Christmas

Underground mine tours, a marshmallow roast, ice skating and caroling await you at Appalachian Coal Town Christmas at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. Both gift shops will be open for holiday shopping, and an ornament workshop will be offered at the Youth Museum. All of the Christmas lights and decorations will be above ground. This event will be held December 6 – 7.


Santa’s Christmas Adventure

Create memories that will last a lifetime at Santa’s Christmas Adventure at The Resort at Glade Springs. Children will write letters to Santa Claus, assist Santa’s elves in his workshop, try Mrs. Claus’ Christmas cookies and even meet Santa Claus himself during this fun, one-of-a-kind experience. Plus, for one night only, experience the Fright Before Christmas, a Christmas/Krampus themed haunted attraction on Friday the 13th. Partial proceeds will be donated to Toys for Tots. Reservations are required, so book your visit today!


Fayetteville Gingerbread Festival

Fayetteville will host its Gingerbread Festival on December 6, which will include the 2nd Annual Gingerbread Decorating Contest! The gingerbread contest is open to all ages and all skill levels and all entries will be on display during the festival. Enjoy holiday shopping at the Fayetteville Women’s Club’s Christmas Craft show with over 50 craft vendors and at the Fayetteville Arts Coalition’s Holiday Sampler. Have breakfast with Santa at Cathedral Café and watch your favorite Christmas characters come to life with Fayetteville’s Christmas Parade Saturday December 7, at 2pm.


Breakfast With Santa

On December 7 at the Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton, step inside a winter wonderland and enjoy a catered breakfast, activities with Mrs. Claus, entertainment throughout the morning, and of course a visit with Mr. Claus himself! Each child will receive a keepsake photo and a special gift from Santa. Reservations are required.


Ansted’s Christmas Parade

The Town of Ansted’s Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, December 7 at 5pm.


Santa in the Park

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at Twin Falls Resort State Park on December 7! This free family event will include cookies and hot chocolate!


Brunch with Santa

Stop by Tamarack from 12 pm – 3 pm on December 14 and 15 for Brunch with Santa! Enjoy storytelling, face painting and make your own Christmas cards!


Mount Hope: Hope’s Christmas Town

On December 14, enjoy Brunch with Santa at the Historic Cottle Mountainair Hotel, walk along Main Street and grab a free cup of Wassel from one of the many giving stations scattered through town. Step into the Christmas market where you can purchase local handmade Christmas crafts from local artisans and watch Frosty come through town during the Winter Wonderland Christmas parade. You won’t want to miss Hope’s Christmas Town!


For more holiday events, visit our events calendar!