Oglebay’s annual holiday light show, the Winter Festival of Lights, opened for its 26th season on November 12 with several new features that promise to appeal to visitors of all ages. Among the new displays are an elegant Fountain, enchanting Carousel, and an expansion of the nostalgic Oglebay Village. The light show will continue through January 2, 2011. Hours are dusk to 10 p.m. on weeknights and Sundays and dusk to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. A one-time contribution – good for the entire season – is requested. Visitors making a $20 donation will receive a complimentary DVD of the Festival of Lights video.
The Oglebay staff continues to convert older displays to LED bulbs which use 85% less energy and last up to five times longer than ordinary bulbs. The dazzling light tunnel at the beginning of the drive through the show has been converted to LED bulbs this year and has been lengthened. All new displays are outfitted with the energy-efficient bulbs.
Colonel Oglebay’s Christmas Tree, also new, will shine outside the Mansion Museum in the hilltop area as part of the Gardens of Light display. A special tree lighting ceremony will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on December 6. There will be free hot chocolate and cider along with holiday entertainment for those attending the tree lighting.
This year, create your own holiday memories at the Winter Festival of Lights. Visit the Christmas Shop at the Speidel Golf Club brimming with holiday merchandise, stroll the magical Gardens of Light from Carriage House Glass to the Mansion Museum, visit the Good Zoo with its exciting light and music extravaganza, and enjoy all that Wilson Lodge has to offer during this very special time of year.