Holiday Attractions ~
Guided Trolley Tours
Enjoy the Festival of Lights 6-mile drive-through experience from the comfort of the Oglebay Trolley! Trolley tours depart Wilson Lodge hourly from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. November 4 – January 9.
Sunday – Friday: $15 per person
Saturday: $20 per person
Advance tickets may be purchased up to 7 days in advance. Call 877-436-1797.
NEW 70-Foot-Tall Welcome Tree
New in 2021, don’t miss the 70-foot-tall Welcome Tree at The Hilltop featuring thousands of dancing high-resolution lights with the infinite ability to combine color, music, light and animated imagery all while soaring seven stories into the night sky.
Magical Mansion Light Show
Prepare to be dazzled as Oglebay’s iconic mansion, located at The Hilltop comes alive with an animated 5-minute light show choreographed to your favorite holiday hits! Show runs nightly from dusk to midnight.
Lighted Selfie Stations
Snap a holiday photo at a variety of festive selfie stations as you explore the illuminated walking paths throughout The Hilltop! These jolly photos are perfect for holiday greeting cards, and much more.
Share your favorite Festival of Lights photos with us using hashtag #OglebayLights for a chance to be featured on our website!
That’s right, the big guy himself will be at Oglebay’s Good Zoo nightly from 6 – 8 p.m. through Dec. 23 to hear all your holiday wishes. Plus, guests receive one free digital photo with Good Zoo admission throughout the Festival of Lights season!
Holidays At The Mansion
The Mansion Museum, located at The Hilltop, was the summer home of industrialist and philanthropist Earl W. Oglebay, is lavishly decorated for the holidays! Explore the Mansion’s 13 period rooms and enjoy the stunning displays. From simple elegance to the extravagant, you’ll find decorating inspiration to take back to your own home.
NEW Holiday Dinner Shows
Sunday – Thursday | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 14 – 18; Nov. 28 – Dec 2.; Dec. 5 – 9; Dec. 12 – 16
Adults: $49; Children 12 and under: $39
New in 2021, experience West Virginia Public Theatre’s newest production “Jingle This!,” right here at Oglebay. This lively, heartwarming show features songs and stories as told by five talented performers from all around the country. Hear new arrangements of holiday classics and some old favorites, too. Don’t miss the ringing, singing, and storytelling that will put you in the happiest of holiday spirits while enjoying a delicious holiday inspired meal!
For tickets, call 877-436-1797.
Presenting Sponsor: WesBanco
Presented by Oglebay Institute’s Youth Ballet Company
December 23, 2021 from 7 – 9 p.m. Tickets: $15 per person
Dancing flowers! Flurries of snowflakes! Beautiful fairies and a legion of mice! See them all swoop and soar across the stage. Oglebay Institute’s Youth Ballet Company dances The Nutcracker on Oglebay’s main stage in Glessner Auditorium. Beautifully costumed dancers bring this magical story to life. You will be transported into a Christmas fantasy. You’ll marvel at the lavish set and revel in Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.
Nightly Candy Cane Cordial
Presented by WesBanco
Gather around the fireplace in Hickman Lounge, located on the second floor at Wilson Lodge, for free holiday programming and complimentary refreshments nightly from 7 – 10 p.m. Live music offered Thursday – Sunday.
Dec. 17 | Markus & James
Dec. 18 | Ron Retzer Trio
Dec. 19 | Bob Turbanic & Bill McCoy
Dec. 23 | Roger Hoard
Dec. 24 | Marcus & James
Dec. 25 | Roger Hoard
Dec. 26 | Bob Turbanic & Bill McCoy
Dec. 30 | Roger Hoard
Jan. 1 | Ron Retzer Trio
Elf Digital Scavenger Hunt
Grab your smart phone and get ready for our new, virtual scavenger hunt featuring seven stations located throughout Wilson Lodge. Unlock clues by scanning QR codes at each station for a chance to win weekly prizes! Scavenger hunt begins at Wilson Lodge Front Desk.
Character Story Time
Join us in Wilson Lodge for a magical story time with your favorite holiday characters as they share stories and take pictures. Stick around after story time for a holiday movie!
- “Night Before Christmas” with Mrs. Claus
- “Olaf’s Night Before Christmas” with Olaf from Frozen
- “A Christmas Carol” with award-winning storyteller Rich Knoblich
*Special programming for Wilson Lodge guests.
Holiday Wreath Workshop
Thursdays, Nov. 11, 18, Dec. 2 & 9 from 2:15 – 3 p.m.
Join us at the Schrader Center as we deck the halls! Create a simple wreath using fresh evergreen boughs, then decorate with adornments and a ribbon. This wreath will bring the beauty and joy of the season to wherever it is hung.
$5 per person. Pre-registration not required. All ages welcome.