November/December 2014 Family Calendar

November/December 2014 Family Calendar


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

P.U.R.R. WV Adoption Events are ongoing at various locations around North Central WV. P.U.R.R. WV is a no-kill cat rescue Please go to for dates and locations.

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 DriveTrains_3x2_smallPOLAR, Morgantown, WV. Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30. Evening appointments available. 304-598-5181.


November is Family Volunteer Month

Nov 1 WV Family Magazine 2015 Scholarship open for submissions through March 1, 2015. See website for eligibility criteria and submission requirements.

Christmas ball decorationNov 9 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 14, 15, 16 5th Annual WV Arts & Crafts Spectacular Ruby Community Center at Mylan Park, 500 Mylan Park Lane, Morgantown, WV. Fri & Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. Over 170 booths! 724-863-4577

Nov 15 Holiday Favorites Baking Class My Kitchen 304-241-4901

Nov 22-23 The Snow Queen presented by Morgantown Dance & Morgantown Ballet Company Metropolitan Theatre, Morgantown, WV. 304-292-3266.

Nov 23-29 National Family Week

Nov 25 Aretha Franklin in Concert The Clay Center, Charleston, WV. 7:30 p.m. She’s known for timeless classics such as “Respect,” “A Natural Woman” and “Chain of Fools.” Now’s your chance to experience the grace, power and distinctive, to-the-bone vocals of the reigning Queen of Soul in this once-in-a-lifetime performance.

Photo by Oglebay Resort

Photo by Oglebay Resort

WV’s Best Christmas Light ShowsSee our list here!

Nov 27 Thanksgiving Day

Santa with a Christmas treeNov 28 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 29-30 Christmas Craft Shows at Buckhannon Armory and B-U Middle School, Route 20 South, Buckhannon, WV. Now in its 32nd year, the annual Craft Shows of Buckhannon give Holiday Shoppers a unique shopping choice. 100+ crafters and vendors. 304-472-1400.

Nov 29-Dec 21 Mary Poppins the Musical WV Public Theatre Holiday Show, 111 High Street, Morgantown, WV. Fri, Sat, Sun. School Matinees are also available. 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 1 Ad Reservation Deadline for Jan/Feb 2015 Annual Health issue.

Dec 1-Jan 3  Festival o’ Flights  at River Riders Inc., Harpers Ferry, WV.  Saturdays December 1 thru January 3) Our Festival O’ Flights is the perfect view of the lights from the trees! Our Festival O’ Flights will include a 2 hour climb on our illuminated Aerial Adventure Park and a Holiday Hay Ride to the start of the Zip Line Canopy Tour.  Enjoy the beautifully lit Holiday lights at new heights!  800-326-7238.

Dec 5-7 Annual 18th Century Christmas Market Prickett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont, WV. 1-4 p.m. A unique shopping experience in a historic environment. Enjoy hot wassail, period decorations, and live music. 304-363-3030.

Dec 6 28th Annual City of Charleston Tree Lighting Ceremony Marion Square, Charleston, WV. 4:00 pm. Join Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., the Charleston Community Band, and Santa Claus in lighting the magnificent 60-foot Tree of Lights, the official City of Charleston Holiday centerpiece in Marion Square. City of Charleston (843) 724-7305.

Photo by French Creek Christmas Tree Farm

Dec 6 & 13 Santa Arrives at French Creek Christmas Tree Farm 943 Beechtown Road, French Creek, WV.  1-3 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:

Dec 13 Breakfast with Santa Garfield’s Restaurant, Meadowbrook Mall, 2399 Meadowbrook Road, Bridgeport, WV. 9:30-11 a.m. Advance tickets are required – $5, available at Garfield’s Restaurant. Seating is limited. Bring your camera. 304-842-5441

Moscow Ballet Dec 11 Moscow Ballet’s – Great Russian Nutcracker WVU Creative Arts Center, Morgantown, WV. 7:00 p.m. The must-see event of the holiday season! The Moscow Ballet will captivate the entire the family as 40 dancers bring this charming classic to life. or

Dec 13 Holiday Parade of Boats Charleston Harbor, Charleston, WV. 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a variety of boats decorated with lights and decorations. (843) 724-7305.

Dec 13 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 13 Feast of the Seven Fishes Fairmont, WV. Celebrate the Italian Christmas Eve tradition at this one-day event that includes with food, shopping, music, cooking demos, fish, and a street market. Visit for more info.

Dec 16 Hanukkah Begins (ends at nightfall on Dec. 24).

Dec 19 Wynonna & Big Noise “A Simpler Christmas” WVU Creative Arts Center, Morgantown, WV. 7:30 p.m. Wynonna performs some of her holiday favorites as well as her greatest hits.

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 Breatkfast or Lunch with Santa at Pittsburgh Zoo 1 Wild Place, Pittsburgh, PA. Breakfast 9:30 a.m.-11:00, Lunch 1:30 p.m., Late Lunch 2-3:30 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 21 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 26-30 Holiday Break Activities – The Clay Center, Charleston, WV. Take a break as a family and join us for a series of fun-filled art activities that will take you around the world. Activities take place daily, noon – 4 pm, and are free with admission.   Go to: for themes and activities for each day.

Dec 31 Foundation Photo Contest Deadline –  Kanawha State Forest. Show your best shot of winter!  Adult and Youth divisions in wildlife, plants/flowers, scenery.  For complete contest details and rules. please visit the Foundation website for details and current information. Information may also found on Kanawha State Forest Photo Contest facebook page. Prizes awarded by the foundation. 304-558-3500.

Dec 31 New Years Eve 



Jan 3 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 3 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 16-18 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.

Deadline for calendar events in our next print issue is Dec. 1, 2014 – which will be on shelves January/February
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