Holiday Events Add Sparkle to Hip, Historic…Almost Heaven

Ho, ho, ho: It’s time to celebrate the holidays in Hip, Historic…Almost Heaven Charleston W.Va.! The magic of the season comes alive with parades, lights displays, music, and special events that are guaranteed to fill even the grumpiest Grinch with holiday cheer.

We love parades, and all the cities of Charleston, St. Albans, Dunbar, South Charleston, and Nitro have them stepping off this month. Dunbar celebrates Friday, Dec 7; Charleston (rescheduled from Dec 1), South Charleston and Nitro Saturday Dec 8; and St. Albans Saturday, Dec 15 (rescheduled from Dec 1). There’s even a lighted boat parade taking place Dec 8 during Light Up the Levee, a community Christmas caroling event.

Touring the St. Albans Festival of Lights and the Coonskin Holiday Lights displays is a great way to spend quality time with the family while helping local charities. These drive-thru displays get more elaborate each year – to the delight of children of all ages. Donations are accepted in lieu of admission fees: The St. Albans display collects monetary and canned food donations to help a local food pantry, and the Coonskin display accepts monetary donations that support a variety of local causes.

What’s the holiday season without music? The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra brings an evening of music and fellowship to the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences during Sounds of the Season Dec 8. Renowned local pianist Bob Thompson puts his spin on the season during his annual Joy to the World concerts Dec 13 and 14. This year Bob welcomes special guest singer/songwriter Paula Cole (“Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?”) for two shows at the Culture Center Theater. Prepare to have your Christmas rocked when the Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2018 Winter Tour takes over the Coliseum Dec 13.

Overload on holiday cheer at Xmas Drag Queen Bingo Dec 9. Celebrate the season with a sparkling wine tasting at The Wine & Cheese Shop Dec 16. Complete your Christmas shopping Dec 20 at ArtWalk.

Once the gifts are unwrapped, it’s time to make plans for NYE! Enjoy #CWV’s family friendly Noon Year’s Eve and GoodNight events or ring in the New Year with that special someone at Mardi Gras Casino & Resort, Embassy Suites or Holiday Inn Charleston West.