Festival of Lights FAQ ~

One of the nation’s largest holiday light shows

Q. How can I experience the Winter Festival of Lights?

A. Guests can tour the spectacular, 6-mile route featuring 90 lighted displays from the comfort of their own vehicle, or aboard one of our iconic Oglebay Trolleys. Advance trolley ticket purchase available 7 days in advance and highly recommended. Call 304-243-4090.


Q. When can I experience the Winter Festival of Lights?

A. The lights are turned on at dusk each night November 7, 2019 – January 5, 2020. 


Q. What is the admission fee to see the Winter Festival of Lights?

A. We suggest a donation of $25 per vehicle, which includes a family 4-pack of 3D Sleigh Bans glasses to enhance your experience. To sweeten the deal, our 3D Sleigh Bans come with more than $25 in money-saving coupons redeemable throughout the park. Your generous donations support the continuous improvement of the Winter Festival of Lights and ensure this long-standing tradition continues for generations to come.


Q. What else can I experience during my visit to the Winter Festival of Lights?

A. Whether you’re coming for an overnight stay, or just stopping by for the day, there’s plenty of holiday fun for everyone! Take a stroll along the twinkling pathways through the Gardens of Light & Nativity display at The Hilltop while exploring various unique retail shops, meet Santa’s reindeer at the Good Zoo, or unwind with live music and complimentary hot cocoa at our Nightly Holiday Reception at Wilson Lodge. NEW in 2019, guests of all ages can enjoy The Frosted Hilltop featuring the Snowflake Express Train Ride in Oglebay’s historic greenhouse, the Frosty Wagon Ride which takes guests on a 20-minute adventure aboard our open-air wagon, and the Ice Lounge at the Garden Bistro offering a variety of seasonal refreshments, including S’mores kits and holiday beverages for guests 21+. While you’re there, snap a few photos at our lighted selfie stations or snag a photo with your favorite magical snowman. 


Q. What are the show’s top must-see displays?

A. Top must-see light displays include:

  • Photographing Snoopy and Friends (Display #12)
  • Under the Big Top (Display #20)
  • Rainbow Tunnel (Display #21)
  • Dinosaur Park (Display #35)
  • Cinderella Arriving at the Ball (Display #54)
  • Polyhedron Star (Display #56)
  • Willard the Snowman (Display #65) named after the TV weatherman Willard Scott who joined in the festivities in 1986
2019 Festival of Lights Map