If you are a Clevelander who just can't get enough of amazing Christmas lighting displays, plan a trip to Oglebay Resort's annual Winter Festival of Lights in Wheeling, West Virginia where there are 6 miles and 80 larger-than-life displays to dazzle you. Oglebay Resort is 150 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 3 hour drive.
Oglebay Resort's Winter Festival of Lights Started in 1985, the Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights now attracts more than one million visitors each Christmas season and has been deemed the nation's largest holiday light show. All Oglebay displays now feature energy efficient LED lights.
Listed as one of the 10 Best Christmas Light Displays in the U.S. by AOL Travel, the Winter Festival of Lights has also made the Top 100 Events by Eventcrazy.com and is on the American Bus Association's Top 100 International Events list.
Featured on the Travel Channel's "Extreme Christmas Celebrations," the Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights was also recently listed as one of the top 200 events in the country by Discover America.
Spread over 300 acres, some of the popular lighting displays along the 6-mile drive-through event are the "Snowflake Tunnel" with dozens of sparkling snowflakes, the "Polyhedron Star" (with over 2000 lights) that stands on Oglebay's highest hill,"The 12 Days of Christmas", the "Candy Cane Wreath", the "Cinderella" display (which took 2 years to complete) and the tallest display at the Winter Festival of Lights, the "Poinsettia Wreath and Candles" (60 feet tall and 50 feet in diameter).
New lighting displays this year include the "Christmas Tree Farm," "Woodpeckers" and the Leaping Frog.
Make sure you catch all the displays featuring the "Peanuts" comic strip characters. Directional Snoopys guide visitors along the 6-mile drive.
There is no admission charge to see the Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights but donations are appreciated. A one-tine donation per carload is good for the entire season (November 8 - January 5, 2014). A $25 donation will also get you a DVD of the Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights and the Oglebay story.
Trolley tours are also available leaving the Wilson Lodge several times each evening starting at 5:30 p.m. Check for pricing.
Hours for the Festival are dusk- 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and dusk - 11 p.m on Fridays and Saturdays.
Special Note: Weekends at the Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights are extremely popular so be aware that you could be sitting for 2 hours waiting to get in if you visit on the weekend.
For more information about the Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights call 800-624-6988 or get online at www.oglebay-resort.com.
Oglebay Resort is located at 465 Lodge Dr. in Wheeling, West Virginia (four miles from I-70). Wheeling is approximately a 3 hour drive from Cleveland.