Have a holly jolly Christmas with community events

2018 Mothman Christmas

See the Mothman with his festive glow at Krodel Park’s Christmas Fantasy Light Show in Point Pleasant.

The lights are glowing, and the Christmas trees are shining. Yes, it’s officially the holiday season! This year, we encourage everyone to shop local [Download OVB Community First Holiday Gift Guide] as well as think Community First when it comes to Christmas festivities.

From festive light shows to holiday events, there are plenty local offerings to get you in the holly jolly mood. In Gallipolis, Ohio, Gallipolis In Lights offers breathtaking holiday views as you stroll through the Gallipolis City Park. The picturesque displays are reminiscent of a holiday movie. A tree walk, which includes trees sponsored by individuals, churches, families and schools, is a charming feature. If you catch him on the right night, the man in the red suit himself will greet visitors from his Santa House. Admission is free. Gallipolis In Lights runs through the holiday season.

In Point Pleasant, W.Va., the Christmas Fantasy Light Show at Krodel Park is a holiday tradition. The light show features brilliant Christmas displays throughout the entire park. Visitors can take in the glowing views via car or take a stroll through the park. From animated displays of Rudolph fishing to West Virginia’s own Mothman, the light show is a must-see treat for the whole family. The light show runs every evening from 5:30-9 p.m. through Monday, Dec. 31. Admission is free, but donations are always appreciated as they help fund next year’s show.

Also in Point Pleasant, visit Gunn Park in downtown to see the Light of Christmas tree project. The decorated, festive trees were donated by individuals and various organizations/groups.

After you’ve visited Gallipolis In Lights and the Christmas Fantasy Light Show at Krodel Park, make sure to add the West Virginia State Farm Museum’s Christmas Light Show to your holiday plans. The show runs nightly from 6-9 p.m. until Sunday, Dec. 16. The museum is located just north of Point Pleasant. During the show, children will be able to visit both Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Country Kitchen where free hot chocolate and cookies will be available. On Friday, Dec. 14, a live nativity will take place at 6:30 p.m. The Christmas show is free to the public, but donations are appreciated.

While many communities hosted their Christmas parades earlier this month, you can still catch the Barboursville, W.Va., Christmas Parade this Thursday. This year’s parade theme is “Christmas in Toyland.” Action begins at 6 p.m., with parade line-up at 5 p.m. at the bus barn, located behind Barboursville Middle School.

In Oak Hill, Ohio, bring the kiddos to Christmas Story-Time at the library on Monday, Dec. 17. The event, which will take place at 4 p.m. in the children’s section at the Oak Hill Public Library, will last approximately one hour and is open to children ages 3-7. There will be festive stories, poetry, activities and crafts. Santa will also stop by for a visit!

Also on Monday, Dec. 17, children are invited to visit the Gallia Academy High School Library at 10 a.m. for a special Christmas story event. Kids can enjoy stories read by members of the GAHS basketball team as well as participate in songs and other holiday activities. The event is free and open to all.

OVB locations also have some holiday events on tap. On Saturday, Dec. 15 from 9 -11 a.m. visit our Jackson Pike Office to enjoy a special breakfast with Santa. Breakfast treats will include pancakes, sausage, muffins, juice and milk. Children are encouraged to write letters to Santa. Children also will have the opportunity to create a festive craft. On Saturday, Dec. 22, Santa will visit our Oak Hill Office from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Santa will be taking last minute requests as well as handing out free cookies.

From all of us at OVB, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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