November /December 2015

November /December 2015


WVU Community Music Program ongoing registration. Morgantown, WV. Group classes and private music lessons, community music events, summer camps, and more. 304-293-6946.

mountain trail rides

Photo by WV Family Magazine

Horseback Riding – Open Year Round – Mountain Trail Rides 255 Freeland , Davis, WV. Horseback riding in the beautiful mountains of Canaan Valley, WV. 304-866-4652


Photo by BOPARC

Morgantown Ice Arena Skating Rink 1001 Mississippi St., Morgantown, WV. Public skate sessions, lessons offered – beginner and advanced, figure skating, ice hockey, locker room parties. 304-296-8356

Train Rides at Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad Elkins, WV. Mountain rail adventures any time of the year. or call 866-874-7653.

Monongalia County Health Department WIC (Women, Infants, and Children Program) 1000 Elmer Prince Drive, Morgantown, WV. Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30. Evening appointments available. 304-598-5181.

Kids Ski Free at Snowshoe Mountain Resort  10 Snowshoe Drive, Snowshoe, WV.  Snowshoe’s Kids (12 and under) Ski, Ride, Swim & Play FREE! Minimum 4-night stay required.  Includes a FREE child or junior lift ticket per day, and a FREE Fun Pass providing access to Split Rock Pools and the Big Top entertainment center. Each qualifying purchase allows one free child per paid parent/guardian.



November is Family Volunteer Month

Christmas ball decoration

Nov 15 Holiday Foods Baking Class My Kitchen, Morgantown, WV.   Wonderful Holiday foods including desserts and side dishes. Be ready this year with new and traditional dishes that are spectacular. Make that Green bean Casserole without opening a can of “stuff”. Old fashion cream pies, the way they used to be made. Get some turkey secrets including, not taking all day to roast, moist and perfect. Hands-on cooking. 304-241-4901

gvingNov 15  Magical Night of Giving Morgantown Mall, Morgantown, WV. Sunday – 6pm to 9pm. Special shopping hours, discounts, and prizes for ticket holders. Ticket purchase is a donation to a local non-profit organization of your choice. 304-983-6255

Nov 16  Jordan World Circus  Beckley Raleigh County Convention Center, Beckley, WV.  6 p.m.  With three rings of affordable family fun, “The Jordan World Circus” will thrill fans of all ages. Come see the death-defying aerial acts, animal attractions including tigers and elephants. In addition to the performing acts, kids will have the unique opportunity to ride and pet different types of animals.

Nov 21 Vera Bradley Bingo 20 Heavner Grove Road, Buckhannon, WV.  Benefits go to the Fred W. Eberle Technical Center for HOSA Students. $20 per ticket (each ticket includes 20 games) Additional packets will be sold at the door. Blackout game will be additional $1 per board. Concessions will be available! You do not have to be present to win! If any questions call (304) 472-1259. We will also have drawings for baskets! Come out and support our HOSA group! We would love to see you there!

grinchNov 21-22  The 2nd Annual Holly Jolly Christmas Craft & Vendor Show 929 Brushy Fork Road, Buckhannon, WV.   This annual event will be 2 days this year!! Saturday from 11-4 and Sunday from 12-5!! The holidays are right around the corner and what better way to get your shop on than at a “One-Stop Shop” event!!!   JAWS BBQ will be serving their amazing pulled pork BBQ sandwiches and UNKS Lemon Shake Ups!!  OMG Kettle Corn will be set up right outside the front doors!  Christ’s Church in Horner will also be providing concessions!!! There’s fun for the kids too!! There will be a Meet & Greet with The Grinch as well as face painting & balloon twisting!!   We will also have a Basket Raffle and a Salvation Army Angel Tree!!  Jennifer Clem Photography will be doing Christmas mini photo sessions!  Something for everyone!

Nov 21-22  The Nutcracker presented by Morgantown Dance & Morgantown Ballet Company Metropolitan Theatre, Morgantown, WV. 304-292-3266.

Nov 22  17th Annual Candyland Christmas Pageant   Beckley Raleigh Convention Center, 200 Armory Drive, Beckley, WV.   This will be the most sweetest start to your holiday season. Special guests, colorful crowns, gifts, 2015 End of the Year awards and so much more. Become part of the “Christmas Kingdom”!   Entry fee for all events: $50 if registered by November 3rd (see other discounts available below).   $ 60 for all entries postmarked after 11/3 ~ Final Deadline for all entries ~ November 13th.   For more info, go to


Photo by Oglebay Resort

Photo by Oglebay Resort

WV’s Best Christmas Light Shows See our list here!

Nov 26  Thanksgiving Day

Santa with a Christmas treeNov 27 Santa Arrives at Middletown Mall Fairmont, WV. 1:00 p.m. Santa hours Nov 28-Dec 23: Mon-Fri 4-7, Sat 1-7, Sun 1-4, Dec 22 and 23 1-7, Dec 24 11-3. 304-363-3230.

Nov 28-Dec 6 James and the Giant Peach  WV Public Theatre Holiday Show, 111 High Street, Morgantown, WV. Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.   Please check website for dates, times, and ticket prices. For more information call 304-291-4122 or visit

Christmas Tree Farms in WV. See our list here!



Dec 5 Reindeer 5K  at West Virginia Wesleyan College, 59 College Ave, Buckhannon, WV.  3.1 mile run/walk. Fundraiser for Union Elementary 5th grade class to go to Washington DC.  Get your shoes laced up and come for a run.  9:30 a.m.  Registration form available at area businesses and Union Elementary.  Registration by Dec. 1 = Adults $20, Children under 12 $15.  Race day registration $25. 304-472-1394.

Dec 5  Candy Cane Cuties Christmas Pageant  Hampton Inn, Buckhannon, WV.  You are invited to compete in WV Sparkling Beauties “Candy Cane Cuties & Beauties Christmas Pageant”.  Entry fee is $50 if paid in full by Nov 10th or $60 if paid after ($30 has to be paid by nov 10th other $30 be paid day of pageant) that Will include 5 optionals, Most Beautiful/Handsome, Photogenic, Best Personality, Prettiest Smile & Best Dressed! NO Refunds for any reason! Spots are limited to 25, spots will be filled on a first pay first serve basis!  Attire will consist of A “homemade” decorated christmas outfit (buy an outfit & decorate it) or home make the whole outfit & a pageant gown in christmas colors ( red, green, gold or white).  Contestants must be at the Hampton Inn by 11:30 am, NO EARLIER PLEASE!!! Pageant will start at 1:00pm! or call 304-439-6528!

Dec 11-13  The Nutcracker  WV Wesleyan College, 59 College Ave, Buckhannon, WV. Augusta Youth Ballet Company will perform “The Nutcracker” on December 11, 12 & 13 at the Virginia Thomas Law Performing Arts Center on the campus of WV Wesleyan College!   The Dance Factory 472-8291 or 439-0942.

Photo by French Creek Christmas Tree Farm

Dec 12 Santa Arrives at French Creek Christmas Tree Farm 943 Beechtown Road, French Creek, WV. 1-4 p.m. Santa will hand out candy canes and coloring books to children. His elf will make balloon animals for children. Community organizations will be holding sales each day. 304-924-5584/304-516-0278. Email:

whovilleDec 12 Christmas Brunch in Whoville featuring The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who  88Restaurant & Lounge, 88 E. Main Street, Buckhannon, WV.  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Bring the family and come have brunch with the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who. Our talented culinary staff will be cooking up a fantastic brunch as outstanding as any feast in Whoville. A magical experience for the young and young at heart. Make your reservations today call 304-473-1988.

Dec 12  Breakfast with Santa North Bend State Park Cairo, WV. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping at North Bend State Park for breakfast on their way to the North Pole. Check in with the jolly old elf and have your picture taken. Contact: 304-643-2931.

Dec 6 Hanukkah Begins (ends at nightfall on Dec. 14).

Photo by Cirque Productions

Photo by Cirque Productions

Dec 9-10  Cirque Dreams Holidaze  WVU Creative Arts Center, Morgantown, WV. 7:30 p.m. critically acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza Cirque Dreams Holidaze … a new cirque show … Broadway musical … and family Christmas spectacular all in one!  Hailed by the New York Daily News as a “delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleighload & so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil!” Be amazed by this holiday spectacle with over 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 artists from every corner of the globe. Many of these acts have been featured on “America’s Got Talent” and similar TV shows in other countries making Cirque Dreams Holidaze the greatest variety show on the planet!  Witness dancing snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa; with soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate production numbers, imaginative costumes, illusions and more. The show also celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with singers, original music and seasonal favorites all performed in a winter wonderland of amazement

Dec 20 Brunch with Santa Blackwater Falls State Park Davis, WV. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Santa stops at Blackwater Falls before returning to the North Pole with his naughty and nice list. A visit with Santa is free. The buffet has a fee. 304-259-5216.

Dec 20-21 Breakfast or Lunch with Santa at Pittsburgh Zoo 1 Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA. Breakfast 9:30 a.m.-11:00, Lunch 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.  Enjoy great food, make a neat holiday craft, decorate a Christmas cookie and meet some cool Zoo animals. Visit with Santa and don’t forget to bring your camera to take a picture with him.

icy tree branches in the sunlightDec 22 Winter Solstice (Winter begins)

See our Winter Activities Guide for fun activities to help fight the Winter Blues.

Dec 25 Christmas Day

Dec 26 Kwanzaa begins (ends Jan. 1)

Dec 31 New Years Eve



Jan 2  7th Annual Little Princess Ball North Bend State Park Cairo, WV. Bring your little princess to this father – daughter weekend. Celebrate with dancing, music, arts and crafts, and more. 304-643-2931.

Jan 2 Munchkins, Munchies & a Movie Tygart Lake State Park, Grafton, WV. Call it “Date Night” or simply peace and quiet for adults. Children dine in the conference room while watching a family oriented movie, while parents enjoy their “adult dinner” at the Boston Beanery. Pizza, drinks, movie and popcorn for the kids. Peace and quiet during a meal for adults at the Boston Beanery-Priceless! 304-256-6144.

Jan 15-17 Winter Wonderland Weekend – North Bend Park, Cairo, WV. Outdoor winter sports will include sleigh riding (weather permitting), winter hikes and other winter activities! We will be enjoying a program Friday evening followed by a family dessert contest and hot beverage bar around the fireplace. Weekend activities include crafts, games, bingo, hikes, music, and more. Preregistration required. 304-558-2754.


*Information about events is subject to change. Please use the listed contact information for more details on events.

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