Have a Christmas so merry, it crosses 2 states!November 15, 2016 7:04 pm
“The best time of the year” is never far from our hotel. With our Holidays at the Hotel Package, you can relish the best festivals and light displays in both West Virginia and Ohio!
From our convenient location, here’s all the holiday cheer you can explore in town and around both states:
Joyful celebrations right here Parkersburg
The holiday wonder starts here in the hotel with our Festival of Trees. Talented decorators have swaddled more than 30 trees with ribbons, lights and ornaments. Enjoy the festive beauty, or even bid on a tree Dec. 1! Proceeds go to medical treatment for underinsured or uninsured children.
Keep those seasonal spirits up with an on-stage special:
- Now till Nov. 27- Start with a timeless classic: “Scrooge,” performed by the Actors Guild of Parkersburg with a few extra jingles thrown in.
- Dec. 2- A big band, children’s choir and singers from Stout Memorial United Methodist bring holiday hits to life at “Hometown Christmas” at the historic Smoot Theatre.
- Dec. 4- The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra will perform timeless Christmas classics at Home for the Holidays, and Santa might introduce himself, too.
Or, enjoy some of Parkersburg’s old-time charm:
- Dec. 3- Docents in Victorian costumes will guide you through the historic Julia-Ann District, where everything is hushed and glittery at the Annual Victorian Christmas Home Tour & Tea. They’ll share stories about the town and buildings, and you’ll even get to tour 5 of these iconic homes. Then, enjoy a tea in high style!
- Dec 3, 10, 17- Take a Christmas Special Musical Tour of Historic Henderson Hall, a stately Victorian mansion right beside the Ohio River.
- Dec. 3-10- Feel that holiday magic during the Mid-Ohio Valley Model Railroad Club’s open house. Admire miniature worlds, where tiny locomotives spin past villages and mountainous hillsides. Kids will be entranced!
Parkersburg’s charming downtown shops, museums and attractions will be open for Winterfest on Dec. 10, so it’s a great excuse to tour! The Crown Floral “Christmas Shop” keeps things merry and bright till Dec. 25. And if you love a good show, a parade starts at 2 p.m.
Explore acres of Christmas displays and lights at Holiday in the Park. Stop by our Starbucks coffee bar, treat your family to hot chocolate, and drive through the show. It’s a delightful way to end the day.
Merriment in neighboring Marietta
Since we’re just minutes from Ohio, head across the river for more joyful celebration.
This town brings the light show to you with an illuminated parade! The Merry-Etta Lighted Christmas Parade leads a flickering display of floats, carolers and Santa himself all through town.
And the local shops share another seasonal gift during the Merry-Etta Moonlight Savings Sales on Dec. 2: plenty of discounts, plus later hours so you won’t miss any deals! The downtown atmosphere is a charming alternative to the usual holiday rush.
“The Winter’s Heart: An Irish American Christmas Celebration” evokes all mystery of the season. Cathie Ryan’s lilting voice takes you through hymns, folk songs and bright, merry jigs at the People’s Bank Theatre on Dec. 16.
Holly day trips
Take a convenient jingle joy ride to some nearby attractions in both states:
45 min, Athens, OH- Uptown Athens’ Holiday Film Festival will screen holiday favorites like “Elf” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” Donate a nonperishable food item, and you’re good to go! For specific times, dates and shows, check out the holiday schedule.
1 hr, 30 min, Fairmont, WV- 18th-Century Christmas Tours at Prickett’s Fort will soothe your soul with old-time decorations and flickering candles. Create traditional frontier crafts, like your own ceramic Christmas ornaments, a wreath with fresh greenery or a snowman with spun wool.
1 hr, 45 min, Wheeling, WV- Oglebay Resort’s famous Festival of Lights is one of America’s biggest, most extensive Christmas displays. And it grows every year, too. There are dazzling light tunnels, a 2,000-light “Polyhedron Star” and an illuminated cast of Peanuts characters. Even the Good Zoo is decorated, and the gardens are illuminated with 150 hanging baskets, plus glittering bushes and Christmas trees.
1 hr, 50 min, Columbus, OH- Starting in late November, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium transforms into an enchanting wonderland of more than 3 million Christmas lights. And the Ohio River behind the Grand Illumination at Bicentennial Park mirrors the shiny colors, so you’re in for one romantic night. Meet Santa and watch BalletMet’s “The Nutcracker.”
2h, 15 min, Akron, OH- If it was our rich history that drew you to Parkersburg, you’ll like Akron’s Historical Homes Holiday Tour, too. Explore Perkins Stone Mansion, the John Brown House and the Woman’s City Club Mansion, glitzed up with old-fashioned glamor for the holidays.
Experience it all
Santa Claus has his base at the North Pole, and you’ll need one, too. With our Holidays at the Hotel Package you’ll get an overnight stay in a lavish room (go ahead and bring 2 kids, too.) We’ll even give you a plate of sugar cookies and Starbucks hot chocolate from our coffee bar.
The package is available til Dec. 25, so join us for a joyful season!