Archive for November, 2012
Visit our You Tube page for a glimpse of this year’s all-new Light & Music Extravaganza!
Animation at the Winter Festival of Lights was taken to a new level with the addition of the Light and Music Extravaganza at the Good Zoo in 2006. Designed by noted lighting animation engineer Carson Williams, this dazzling show was the first display at the Festival of Lights to be created entirely of LED lights. The success of this show prompted Oglebay to commit to use LED lights on all new displays and to begin converting the existing displays from traditional lights to LED. LEDs are much more environmentally friendly than traditional lights as they use 85% less energy and last five times longer.
The popular Light and Music Extravaganza has been totally reworked this year and is better than ever with new music, new choreography and more lights. The Extravaganza takes place nightly on the zoo patio, featuring more than 35,500 LED lights choreographed to exciting holiday music.
The zoo at Oglebay also has their annual holiday model train display at the state’s largest O-Gauge Model Train Exhibit and holiday laser shows at the zoo’s Benedum Theater. Admission to the zoo is $8.00 for adults and $5.50 for children ages 3-12, and this admission includes the Light and Music Extravaganza on the zoo’s patio.
The Winter Festival of Lights is viewable Sunday through Thursday until 10:00 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday until 11:00 p.m. A per car donation is requested and is valid for the entire festival season. Visitors making a $20.00 donation will receive a DVD of the Festival of Lights and Oglebay story. Trolley tours are offered several times each night beginning at Wilson Lodge.
The popular “Deer Hunters Widows Weekend” returns to the Oglebay Palm Room. On November 22, 23, 24 and 25 all “widows” of hunting season are invited to the Palm Room to “hunt” for the perfect Christmas gift. “Customers can even save a few bucks by selecting a discount coupon out of the decorative deer!” said Marilyn Archer, Garden and Greenhouse Manager.
The Palm Room is full of ornaments for the holidays, unique plants, live mixed green wreaths, gardening gifts, solar and electric lights, plus 21 varieties of poinsettias ranging in pot size from 2 3/8” to 10”. Traditional red, white and pink, plus Winter Rose and novelty glitter poinsettias, are available this year. “The plants make festive gifts dressed up with decorative pot covers and bows,” added Archer.
The Palm Room is open on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; and on Sunday, November 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Greenhouse personnel will be on hand to answer plant and gardening questions. For more information, call the Oglebay Greenhouse and Gardens at 304-243-4098.
This weekend is a great time to visit all of the Shops of Oglebay including the Christmas Shop at the Speidel Golf Club. The Christmas Shop is open only during the Festival of Lights and offers a large selection of one-of-a-kind decorations, ornaments and holiday collectibles. Gift cards are available at all shops, at the Visitors Center and online. Gift cards can also be ordered by calling 800-624-6988, ext. 4010.
November 9th marked the beginning of the 27th year for the Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay. This holiday tradition began in 1985 with just five light displays and landscape lighting covering about 125 acres over a three-mile drive throughout the resort. Since then, the show has grown into one of the nation’s largest light shows, covering more than three hundred acres over a six-mile drive throughout the resort. Seventy eight larger-than-life light displays are now part of this glowing show.
Four years ago, the Winter Festival of Lights entered a new “green” era with the commitment to use energy-efficient LED lights in all new displays and to begin converting all existing displays to LED. “We are proud to announce that all the displays at the Festival of Lights are now LED!” said Caren Knoyer, Marketing Director for Oglebay. “We expected the conversion to take five years so we are actually ahead of schedule.” LED lights use 85% less energy than traditional bulbs and last five times longer, ensuring that the Winter Festival of Lights will be glowing for another 27 years.
The Gardens of Light is located in the Oglebay hilltop and gardens area, and features 150 hanging baskets of light plus thousands of lighted flowers, trees and shrubs, combined with distinctive holiday music. Knoyer said that the best way to enjoy the Gardens of Light is to take a stroll along the brick path that leads from Carriage House Glass to the Mansion Museum.
Carriage House Glass, the first stop on the Gardens of Light tour, features a large selection of decorative glass and other collectibles. Carriage House Glass is also home to the sparkling Oglebay Institute Glass Museum featuring an extensive collection of West Virginia glass and glassblowing demonstrations. The Gardens of Light continues next door to the Visitors’ Center and the new Farmhouse Sweets and Treats Shoppe. Just outside the Visitors’ Center lies the magical Christmas Tree Garden. Introduced in 2003, the Christmas Tree Garden consists of 30 live trees decorated with various colored lights. Situated in the center of the Christmas Tree Garden is the Nativity Display. The life-size Nativity was designed and created by a local artist, and has been a much-loved display at the Winter Festival of Lights since 1985.
The red brick walking path leads from the Christmas Tree Garden to the Greenhouse, Palm Room and Garden Center Gift Shop, where visitors can find live holiday flowers, garden gifts and silk floral arrangements. The final stop on the Gardens of Light tour is the Mansion Museum.
The Winter Festival of Lights is one of America’s largest holiday light shows. It will continue through January 6, 2013.