Since 1985, this seasonal attraction in Wheeling, West Virginia, has wowed families with its 6 miles of dazzling installations.
What started in a local high school’s welding and wood-shop classes has grown into a seasonal favorite featuring over 1 million LED lights across more than 100 displays. Since 1985, the Festival of Lights at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, West Virginia, has wowed families with its 6 miles of dazzling installations — from immersive drive-through tunnels to a towering, 70-foot Christmas tree. Enjoy 18 light displays that are synched to audio, ranging from the roars of a dinosaur park to seasonal sounds that accompany an illuminated globe surrounded by 6-foot-tall candy canes on Schenk Lake. Travelers can opt to stay for the weekend by booking one of Oglebay Resort’s 250 lodge rooms or a lakeside cottage. Those who stay will be greeted by even more holiday cheer thanks to visits by Santa Claus and nightly entertainment. Visit website for festival dates; 465 Lodge Dr., Wheeling, West Virginia 26003, 877/436-1797, oglebay.com