Below is a list of travel and tourism ideas within West Virginia from Nov. 26 to Dec. 9, courtesy of the West Virginia Division of Tourism.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker: Nov. 28, Capitol Theatre, Wheeling
Tchaikovsky's classic score for this Christmas story opens with a "Miniature Overture." The music sets the fanciful holiday mood by using upper registers of the orchestra exclusively as the curtain opens to reveal the iconic Moscow Skyline and guests arriving for a Christmas Eve Party. Masha, her little brother Fritz, and mother and father Staulbaum are celebrating the holiday with friends and family from around the world, when the mysterious godfather, Uncle Drosselmeyer, enters with his magical gifts. Thus begins the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. For additional information, visit http://www.capitoltheatrewheeling.com or contact 304-233-4470 to purchase tickets.
15th annual Passion Trail: Nov. 30 – Dec. 1, Paradise Island of Christian, Verner
Cast members will lead you on a ½ mile walking trail tracing the footsteps of Jesus. The trail features 45 stories and 175 scenes of the life of Christ from his birth in Bethlehem, to his death on the cross at Calvary's Hill, to his resurrection at the tomb and to the ascension! The trek begins at dark. Admission and food are free. However, donations are accepted and appreciated. Large groups are urged to call for a free reservation. Contact 304-583-2825 or visit http://www.paradiseislandwv.homestead.com for more information.
Traditional Christmas Weekend Activities: Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, Stonewall Resort, Roanoke
Enjoy performances by the Children's Choir, the Glenville State College Bluegrass Band and holiday storytelling by the fireplace in the Grand Hall. Belgian Hot Chocolate and Dusted Sugar Cookies will be served. Hours on Nov. 30 are 6–9 p.m. Around noon on Dec. 1, the Glenville State College Bluegrass Band will perform in the Grand Hall followed by a Holiday Wreath Workshop and an 1890s Christmas Rope Making machine demonstration/activity. In the evening, the Glenville State College Bluegrass Band will perform again, and Father Christmas will be making a special appearance around 7 p.m. to do some holiday storytelling in the Grand Hall. Hours are 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. On Dec. 2, bring the whole family down to Stillwaters Restaurant for a wonderful brunch featuring live holiday music and an appearance from Santa Claus! Visit http://www.stonewallresort.com for more information. Contact 888-278-8150 for reservations at Stonewall Resort.
Heritage Farm Museum and Village-Way Back Weekend Holiday Market:
Dec. 1, Huntington
Looking for that special gift that will inspire warm feelings of yesteryear? Then you will enjoy shopping at our Way Back Weekend Holiday Market. Handmade gifts from area artisans offer you a creative and personal touch to your Christmas shopping experience. Visit http://www.heritagefarmmuseum.com or call the Heritage Farm offices at 304-522-1244 between the hours of 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday – Saturday.
Annual Victorian Christmas Home Tour and Tea: Dec. 1-2,
Julia-Ann Square Historic District, Parkersburg
On Saturday, the tours will be escorted by guides in period attire, homeowners at five historic homes decorated for the season will share the history of the homes, and guests will attend a lavish Victorian Tea as part of the $15 donation. Tours and Teas will begin at the First United Methodist Church at 10th and Juliana Streets at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and the Candlelight Tour is at 6 p.m. On Sunday, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., the Tour will be self-guided and there will be no tea. The cost on Sunday is $10. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.juliannsquare.org or at the event. Children age 10 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information and reservations, contact 304-422-9861.
Capt. Flagg's US Quartermaster City: Prospects of Peace: Dec. 1-2, Harpers Ferry
Learn the magnitude and scope of Harpers Ferry's role as Captain Flagg's 1864 US Quartermaster city that supplied Gen. Philip Sheridan's army in the Shenandoah Valley. Reflect on what the Civil War will determine; the Union of the States and eventual freedom of 4 million enslaved people. Hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For additional information, visit http://www.nps.gov/hafe or contact 304-535-6029.
Scrooge: Dec. 6-7, 8-9, 13-14, 15-16, The Old Opera House, Charles Town
Charles Dickens' classic story of how the miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge is transformed into a charitable soul by three different apparitions that appear to him one cold Christmas Eve, has become the most recognizable tale of the Christmas season. Academy and Grammy Award winning composer Leslie Bricusse has enlivened this tale with his musical magic and lyrical wit; and before this evening of lively entertainment is over we will all be exclaiming Thank You Very Much and God Bless us, everyone! Visit http://www.oldoperahouse.org for additional information or contact the box office at 304-725-4420 to purchase tickets.
Wild World of Animals: Dec. 7-8, Stonewall Resort, Roanoke
As seen on David Letterman, Piers Morgan, Good Morning America and more! This family-friendly show is a comical, educational and interactive performance featuring a variety of animals including Siberian Tigers, Bearcats, Snow Leopards and other mammals, birds and reptiles! Stonewall Resort is offering a package that includes overnight lodge accommodations on Dec. 7 or 8 for only $69 paired up with $10 tickets for this exciting show. Visit http://www.stonewallresort.com or contact 888-278-8150 for reservations and more information.
Annual 18th Century Christmas Market: Dec. 7-9, Prickett's Fort State Park, Fairmont
Enjoy this unique shopping experience in an historic environment. Artisans will demonstrate and feature works for sale in the Fort's Visitor Center as well as the historic area on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sip hot wassail, peruse period decorations and listen to live music. Shoppers will not be charged to enter the historic area. A guided tour will be offered by costumed interpreters for visitors on a set schedule for half-price admission. Contact Greg Bray at 304-363-3030 or visit http://www.prickettsfortstatepark.com for more information.
Bramwell Christmas Home Tour: Dec. 8, Main Street, Bramwell
Bramwell's well-preserved Historic houses remain beautiful with the original ornate woodwork, leaded and stained-glass windows, slate, copper and tile roofs, indoor swimming pools, ballrooms, fancy parlors, wide porches, turrets and gables, guest houses, dumbwaiters and even central vacuum-cleaning systems. A costumed interpreter will guide visitors though the historic houses on the tour. Reservations are not required for the Christmas Homes Tour and there will be no advance ticket sales. Tour hours are from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tickets can usually be purchased at the Bramwell Presbyterian Church for $15 the day of the event. For additional information, contact Betty Goins at 304-248-8381.
Feast of the Seven Fishes: Dec. 8: Fairmont
Enjoy a fun-filled day in Fairmont while getting in the mood for the Holidays! The Feast of the Seven Fishes Festival is held each year in Fairmont to celebrate the Italian Christmas Eve tradition. It's a one day event with food, shopping, music, cooking demos, fish and a street market. Additional activities and attractions include: Marion County Museum Annual Christmas Open House, free tours, historical interpreters, hot cider and cookies! Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Contact 304-367-5398 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Old Time Christmas Parade: Dec. 8, Petersburg
This fun-filled holiday event includes a parade through downtown Petersburg. Children--young and young at heart, will enjoy seeing the festive floats specially decorated for the season. Bring your cameras because jolly St. Nick will be available for pictures after the parade. Additional information may be obtained by contacting 304-257-9266 or email GrantCountyCVB@frontiernet.net.
Snowflake Express Train Ride with Santa: Dec. 7-8, South Side Depot, Petersburg
Get your hot cocoa and cookies, board the train with Santa, and listen to Christmas carols sung by Shanna Bowers and friends while taking in the beautiful ride to Welton Park to see the "Festival of Lights". You won't want to miss this family-fun event this year-- seven trains at night and a Continental Breakfast with Santa on Saturday morning! Times and prices vary for rides. Reservations are suggested. For more information, contact 304-257-9264 or visit http://www.southsidedepot.com.