Visit With A Real, Live Reindeer For The Ultimate Christmas Adventure In West Virginia

There are so many fun, festive things to do during Christmas in West Virginia… but here’s one that probably isn’t the first option to come to mind when you’re musing about what to do and see locally in the month of December: you can take a trip to visit some reindeer!

Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, since the time of original publication, the reindeer event at Oglebay has since closed.

To learn more about visiting the Oglebay Good Zoo around Christmas time in general or joining Santa’s Reindeer Training School in particular, visit the zoo’s website. And for more Holiday joy at the zoo visit the Oglebay Christmas lights!

Have you thought about booking an animal encounter at Oglebay Good Zoo before? Which animal would you choose to see up close if not the reindeers? Oh, and don’t forget that experiences like a trip to Oglebay Good Zoo make great Christmas gifts!


Address: Oglebay Good Zoo, 345 Zoo Cir, Wheeling, WV 26003, USA

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Holiday season in West Virginia

November 05, 2022

Which Christmas lights displays in West Virginia are the best? 

The Christmas lights displays in West Virginia really are something to treasure. While we can’t name one that we think is the best, there are a few options that stand out among the others. The Festival of Trees in Parkersburg is an indoor event (perfect for those of us who get chilly easily) featuring hundred of intricately decorated trees. If you arrive for opening day there is a character breakfast. For a drive through event try the Festival of Lights in St. Albans for a multitude of dazzling displays. If that’s not enough you can always gas up the car for our West Virginia Christmas lights road trip. It’s nine stops worth of Christmas magic!

Can you ride any Christmas trains in West Virginia? 

A ride on a train is already so special, and it becomes even more so when its got a good theme. There are a couple of exciting Christmas trains in West Virginia that kids and kids at heart will fall for. Our favorite however is the North Pole Express offered by the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad. This train has so much to offer for a seventy five minute ride! Before you leave there is a barn with activities, chances to write letters to Santa, and even a nativity with live animals. Once you get on the train there is milk and cookies to snack on, story telling, and Christmas carols. Perhaps most importantly, once you reach the “North Pole” Santa will board the train and hand out gifts to all the kids on board!

Are there any Christmas towns in West Virginia? 

There are a few different charming Christmas towns in West Virginia. In Hurricane West Virginia, there is a Christmas lights extravaganza called Yuletide in the Park, a huge Christmas parade, and a tree lighting ceremony. This town loves the holidays so much, as does Shepherdstown. At their annual holiday festival you will feel like you’ve traveled back in time to see demonstrations of toys from the civil war era, as well as carriage rides, a parade, and caroling!

Address: Oglebay Good Zoo, 345 Zoo Cir, Wheeling, WV 26003, USA

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