Mid-Ohio Valley holiday light shows to sparkle

File Photo The Peanuts characters were featured in a light display at City Park in Parkersburg during Holiday in the Park last year.

PARKERSBURG — With the holiday season approaching, a number of holiday light displays, parades and other activities are scheduled for late November and early December.

* Near Wheeling, the annual Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay started Nov. 10 and will run through Jan. 1.

Supported by WesBanco, the annual holiday light show is one of the nation’s largest, covering more than 300 acres over a six-mile drive throughout Oglebay.

The Winter Festival of Lights is viewable Sunday through Thursday until 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m. A per car donation is requested and is valid for the entire festival season.

Among the attractions at Oglebay are narrated nightly trolley tours of the Festival of Lights displays, which depart from Wilson Lodge hourly between 5:30-9:30 p.m. Holiday train rides for children and family holiday wagon rides are also available, weather permitting.

File Photo A man dreams of days gone by as he jumps on pogo sticks into his mind at Civitan Park in Belpre. This year’s Belpre Holiday Lights Festival begins on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, with the annual parade on Nov. 25.

For the Festival of Trees, the Pine Room at Oglebay is transformed into a holiday wonderland with scores of trees, wreaths, centerpieces and swags, all decorated by area designers and available for purchase. The trees can be viewed daily from 2-7 p.m.

* In Parkersburg, the annual Holiday In the Park lights display at City Park in Parkersburg begins with a lighting ceremony Nov. 18 and will remain open through Dec. 31.

The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at the main City Park horseshoe pits where Santa Claus will be handing out candy canes. There will be holiday music, speeches by local dignitaries and recognition of past supporters. The Holiday In the Park exhibit also includes several displays in Southwood Park off Blizzard Drive in south Parkersburg.

Over 80 displays will be featured this year, including ones by Holiday in the Park along with many more by different businesses, groups and organizations. Some of the displays will be updated and improved.

The program also features a coloring contest for children. Coloring sheets can be picked up and returned at all Wood County schools from for a chance to win a savings bond.

The Henry Cooper Log Cabin Museum, operated by the Centennial Chapter of the Daughters of the American Pioneers, will be open after the ceremony for no charge from 6-8 p.m. Punch and cookies will be available.

Horse-drawn wagon rides will be featured through the season, weather permitting.

* In Belpre, the annual Belpre Holiday Lights Festival displays will begin on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, with more than 160 lighted pieces placed throughout the city of Belpre, along with Howes Grove, River Access and Civitan parks.

The Belpre Holiday Lights Festival will illuminate the city with holiday spirit between 6-11 p.m. every night through Jan. 2.

The annual Belpre Holiday Lights Parade will be 6 p.m. Nov. 25 on Washington Boulevard in Belpre. Lighted units will line up at Belpre High School at 5 p.m. and follow the route along Washington Boulevard to Civitan Park were Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet children at the band shell.

* The fourth annual Williamstown Lighted Christmas Parade will be 7 p.m. Nov 25 in Williamstown, with lineup at 6 p.m. at Wood County Christian School.

All floats, vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and other units must be lighted, excluding antique cars. A new division for this year’s parade is golf carts and lawn mowers. Items for the Williamstown Food Pantry will be collected along the route. This year’s theme is “Christmas Americana.” Parade applications are available at the Williamstown City Building.

* In Marietta, the annual Merry-Etta Lighted Christmas Parade will be 6 p.m. Nov. 25 in downtown Marietta, followed by the Mayor’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Armory Square.

The parade will begin at Third and Ohio streets and follow the route along Ohio Street, Second Street, Greene Street, Putnam Street and Second Street, ending at Second and Butler streets.

* The annual Beverly-Waterford Christmas Parade and Dodge Park Lighting Ceremony will be Nov. 26 in Beverly and Waterford.

The parade will form at 4:30 p.m. in the Waterford High School parking lot and begin at 5:30 p.m., following Main Street, Ohio 339 and Ohio 60 to Dodge Park in Beverly where the lighting ceremony will be held. The ceremony will include entertainment and refreshments.

* Barlow-area residents, businesses and organizations will hold their 12th annual Christmas in the Village program on Dec. 2 with activities and vendors at various locations in Barlow, Bartlett, Little Hocking, Cutler, Porterfield, Veto and Vincent. More information is available online at barlowchristmas.com.

* In Vienna, the annual Holly Days Christmas Parade will be 11 a.m. Dec. 2 on Grand Central Avenue from 46th to 23rd streets. The annual Holly Days Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will be 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the parking lot of the Vienna Community Building in Jackson Memorial Park.

* In Parkersburg, the annual Parkersburg Christmas Parade will be 2 p.m. Dec. 2 on Market Street in downtown Parkersburg.

The parade will be followed by Winterfest, from 4-7 p.m., organized by Downtown PKB. Several downtown businesses will be open, along with various downtown museums and attractions. There will be horse-drawn wagon rides, live entertainment at Bicentennial Park and the annual Christmas tree lighting and fireworks at the park and Parkersburg Municipal Building.