Holiday programs abound in Mid-Ohio Valley

Photo by Wayne Towner The Smith home at 1024 Juliana St. in Parkersburg will be part of the HollyTrail Tour of Homes on Dec. 9 and 10, with homes in Parkersburg and Vienna.

PARKERSBURG — A number of holiday-themed programs and performances will be featured during the month of December throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Among those programs will be:

* In Parkersburg, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra – Parkersburg will present its annual Home for the Holidays concert at 3 p.m. today at Blennerhassett School near Parkersburg.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for students.

The Home for the Holiday concert will be conducted by Maestro Grant Cooper, performing such holiday classics like “Away in a Manger,” selections from “The Polar Express,” “Hallelujah” from Messiah, and “Sleigh Ride.”

Photo Provided Maestro Grant Cooper will conduct the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra-Parkersburg in its annual Home for the Holidays concert at 3 p.m. today at Blennerhassett School.

The Parkersburg Symphony Chorus, directed by Dr. H.G. Young III and the West Virginia State University Choir, directed by Dr. Dirk Johnson will be singing with the orchestra.

* In Vienna, the annual Holly Days Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of the Vienna Community Building in Jackson Memorial Park.

* In Parkersburg, the Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet Co. will present its annual holiday performances of “The Nutcracker” at 7 p.m. Dec. 8 in the auditorium at Blennerhassett Middle School on Jewell Road south of Parkersburg.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children under 16 and are available by calling 304-422-5538 or at the door on the nights of the shows. Tickets are available at the MOVB on Ann Street in Parkersburg from 4:30-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 4:30-6 p.m. on Wednesdays.

* In Parkersburg, the Smoot Theatre Youth Vocal Ensembles will present a Christmas Concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 430 Juliana St. in downtown Parkersburg.

The concert is free and open to the public, with donations accepted.

The choral groups are The Smoot Theatre Children’s Chorus, now in its eighth year, the Smoot Theatre Boys Ensemble, now in its sixth year, and the Smoot Theatre Girls Ensemble, currently in its third year. Featured soloists will be Erin Carmicle, Sophia D’Eramo, Owen McCrady, and Helena Teltscher. Instrumentalists will be Melissa Herceg on the flute and Scott Cain on hammer dulcimer.

* In Parkersburg, the Mid Ohio Valley Ringers will present their Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1710 23rd St., Parkersburg.

Admission is free. The Mid Ohio Valley Ringers is West Virginia’s only bronze level community handbell choir, and has members from Parkersburg, Marietta, Williamstown, Little Hocking, Columbus and Charleston.

* In Parkersburg, the GFWC Parkersburg Woman’s Club will present its 2017 Holly Trail Tour of Homes in an expanded format.

The 50th Holly Trail Christmas Tour of Homes will be two days this year, running from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 9 and 1-5 p.m. Dec. 10. Eight homes in Vienna and Parkersburg and the Woman’s Club House at 323 Ninth St., Parkersburg, will be featured.

Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at Crown Florals in Parkersburg or at any stop on the tour. Ticketholders can visit all of the homes on either day, or split the visits between both days.

The homes on this year’s “Golden Tour” include: Riccobene, 378 Ridge Road, Parkersburg; McClung, 1433 22nd St., Parkersburg; Blackburn, 2000 Washington Ave., Parkersburg; Kunk, 1701 Washington Ave., Parkersburg; McKinnis, 39 Wyndemere Drive, Vienna; Modesitt, 1703 Park Ave., Parkersburg; Nelson, 1355 Market St., Parkersburg; and Smith, 1024 Juliana St., Parkersburg.

* In Parkersburg, the Schrader Youth Ballet Company will present three performances of “The Nutcracker: Clara’s Dream” in Parkersburg and Marietta.

The show is part of the company’s holiday production “The Magic of Christmas,” which includes “Heartland,” a story of an Appalachian Christmas from a time long ago.

On Dec. 15, the performance will be at 12:30 p.m. at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg in a special show for school groups.

The main performance will be 8 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Smoot. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased by callind 304-422-7529 or online at

The final performance will be 3 p.m. Dec. 17 at Peoples Bank Theatre in Marietta. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. The box office can be reached at 740-371-5152.