Holiday Attractions ~

Enhance your experience with these must-do holiday attractions:
  • Guided Trolley Tours photo

    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.

  • Winter Carnival photo

    Winter Carnival

    Experience the Winter Carnival at Levenson Shelter featuring a wonderland of family-friendly activities and delicious, carnival-inspired concessions.

    Hop aboard the Kids’ Snowflake Express Train, or take off on a family Holiday Wagon Ride through the twinkling hillside. 

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  • NEW 70-Foot-Tall Welcome Tree photo

    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 photo

    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 photo

    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!

  • Santa Photos photo

    Santa Photos

    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 photo

    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.

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  • NEW Holiday Dinner Shows photo

    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

  • The Nutcracker  photo

    The Nutcracker

    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.

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  • Nightly Candy Cane Cordial photo

    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 photo

    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 photo

    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!

    Featured Storytellers:

    • “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 photo

    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.