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Light Up the Night

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Photo Courtesy of Oglebay Resort

For more than three decades, the Winter Festival of Lights has adorned 300 acres over a six-mile drive at Oglebay in Wheeling each winter season. The display was the creation of world-renowned landscape lighting expert Dick Bosch of the Netherlands and the late Robert J. Otten of the Wheeling Park Commission. The event started with five light displays in 1985; today, there are more than 50. The festival begins November 10 and runs through January 1, 2018. (A per-car donation is requested, which is good for the festival season.)

Oglebay’s holiday festivities also include Gardens of Light, a display of 150 hanging baskets filled with lights in addition to thousands of twinkling flowers and trees. Visitors can enjoy a Christmas Tree Garden, a life-size Nativity display and festive scenes featuring illuminated characters from Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip too.

While you’re visiting the 1,700-acre public park, purchase fresh-cut Christmas trees and wreaths; take the kids on a holiday train ride or a hay ride; find your way through a straw bale maze; and more.


This article originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of AAA World.

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