CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Halloween is over. That must mean it's the holiday season.
With Christmas coming just four weekends after Hanukkah and Thanksgiving, it looks as if the Santas will arrive and the Christmas trees will be up long before the chrysanthemums die, the jack-o'-lanterns rot and the ceramic turkeys are stored away.
So make travel plans and/or reservations now for some of West Virginia's many major holiday events.
Winter Festival of Lights
WHEELING -- Since 1985, the annual Winter Festival of Lights at Olgebay Resort has become of the country's largest, covering more than 300 acres over a six-mile drive through the park.
The displays, all using energy-saving LED lights, are viewable from Nov. 8 through Jan. 5 from dusk until 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and from dusk until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
A per-car donation of $25 is requested and is valid for the entire festival season. Trolley tours are offered several times each night beginning at Wilson Lodge.
Paid admission into the Good Zoo includes a Light & Music Extravaganza, which takes place several times nightly on the zoo patio and features more than 35,000 LED lights choreographed to exciting music.
For more information, visit www.oglebay-resort.com or call 800-624-6988.
Christmas Arts & Crafts
MORGANTOWN -- The fourth annual West Virginia Arts & Crafts Christmas Spectacular will take place Nov. 15-17 in the Ruby Expo Center at Mylan Park.
More than 175 exhibits of arts and crafts will be featured, including jewelry, dried and silk floral arrangements, decorative painting, soft sculpture, clothing, fabric decor for the home, personalized ornaments and holiday decorations.
Packaged foods such as dip mixes, drink mixes, candies, fudge, kettle corn, various roasted nuts and dessert mixes will be available to sample and for purchase.
Fantasy Light Show
POINT PLEASANT -- A drive-through Christmas Fantasy Light Show opens Nov. 15 and continues through Dec. 31 in Krodel Park.
The animated light displays include Santa Claus, elves, gingerbread men, angels -- and the Mothman.
There is no admission fee, but donations are encouraged. Hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. For additional information, call 304-675-6788 or email tour...@masoncounty.org.
PARKERSBURG -- Trees of our Heritage will be open for view Nov. 17 through Dec. 22 at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park.
Trees are decorated to depict different cultures and countries and staged throughout the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History. Activities will begin 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 17. Admission is $2 per person.
General admission into the museum is $4 for adults and $2 for children starting Nov. 18. Call 304-420-4800 or visit www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com for more information.