Holiday Light Displays in Southern West Virginia

Photo Credit: State Fair of West Virginia

With the holidays right around the corner, take some time to enjoy the beauty of the season! Southern West Virginia has an abundance of amazing holiday light displays. Plan an evening at some of our favorites for a perfect socially-distanced family activity!  


Holiday of Lights, Bluefield, WV
What began as a small holiday display has grown into one of the largest lighting exhibits in West Virginia. Beginning on Thanksgiving night and continuing through New Year’s Eve, see numerous displays from the comfort of your car while driving through the 40-plus acre park. The Holiday of Lights hours are Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There is no entry fee, but donations or canned items are accepted.


Christmas at the Fair – Lewisburg, WV
Did you miss the State Fair of West Virginia this year? Experience the fair’s first-ever holiday light drive-thru experience instead! Christmas at the Fair will open on Friday, November 27, and run Thursday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. until December 27. Christmas at the Fair will allow patrons to safely drive through the property while enjoying the sights and sounds of the holidays. Christmas at the Fair admission is donation-based. 


Christmas at Hawks Nest State Park – Midland Trail, WV
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Hawks Nest State Park! The long-running Lights Along the Midland Trail display is back. Beginning on November 28 at 5 p.m. and running through the end of December, you can drive along Midland Trail to experience the holiday lights display nightly through the month of December.


Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine – Beckley, WV
Although things are quite different this year due to the Appalachian Coal Town Christmas being canceled, you can still enjoy a beautiful holiday light display at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine. The holiday lights display will be held until the end of December. 


Fayette County Park – Beckwith, WV
Start a new holiday tradition or continue a favorite one at the annual Winter Wonderland at Fayette County Park. Drive through the park to view holiday scenes made from thousands of lights. The Winter Wonderland light display opens on December 1 and runs through December 30 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission is $5 per vehicle.


Nicholas County Veteran’s Memorial Park – Summersville, WV
Nicholas County Veterans Memorial Park kicks off its 22nd annual Lights in the Park on November 30. Located on Route 19 in Summersville, Lights in the Park is open from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. nightly through the month of December. Voting for the annual decorating competition will be from November 30 through December 21, and winners will be announced the following week.


Historic Towns
The historic towns of Southern West Virginia are also getting into the holiday spirit! Small towns like Hinton, Thurmond, Alderson, Bramwell and Fayetteville showcase lights along their main streets all month long! Be sure to check out all the beautiful lights these small towns have to offer.   


Where is your favorite place to view holiday lights? From family traditions to new adventures, take part in the season’s festivities by checking out these unique light displays in our area!