In a city known for coal and railroad, twinkling lights cast a festive glow around Bluefield City Park. A grand entrance, fit for Santa Claus and his elves, welcomes visitors to the Bluefield’s Holiday of lights every year from Thanksgiving night until New Years Day. With more than 900,000 lights scattered across 110 plus acres, this 1.5 mile trip is the only Christmas light show in Mercer and surrounding counties in West Virginia. Last year, more than 54,000 people visited the Holiday of Lights.
This year, get in the spirit of the season after you finish with dessert on Thanksgiving Day. Hours of operation are Sunday-Thursday: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m and Friday-Saturday: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Admission is a free, but donations to the operations of the Holiday of Lights are accepted. Can food donations will also be accepted and taken to the Bluefield Union Mission.
Here is what you need to know:
In the event of extreme inclement weather, please refer to www.cityofbluefield.com or the Bluefield Holiday of Lights Facebook page. For more information, please call 304.327.2448.
Lotito City Park, also known as Bluefield City Park, is at 1780 Stadium Drive, Bluefield, WV 24701
From I-77 Exit 1: Turn right from exit ramp off Exit 1 and follow Rt. 52 North/US 460 West. Exit at red light for Leatherwood Lane towards Bluefield College. Make a left at the red light onto College Avenue and take the immediate right onto Stadium Drive at the Bluefield College message tower. The Park is located on the left.
From Rt. 460: Exit at red light for Leatherwood Lane towards Bluefield College. Make a left at the red light onto College Avenue and take the immediate right onto Stadium Drive at the Bluefield College message tower. The Park is located on the left.
Here is a schedule of events for the Holiday of lights:
Holiday of Lights 5K
Run or walk through the Holiday of Lights in this 5K challenge. Registration opens at 4:30 p.m. and the race begins at 5:30 p.m. Call the city to register.
A Walk Through the Park
December 4, 11, 18, 25
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy a unique viewing experience of the Holiday of Lights during the beauty of the holiday season on our walking nights. All walkers must exit the park by 6:00 p.m. due to the park being opened to vehicle traffic
A Night in Bethlehem
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Bring the entire family and join a local church on a journey to the biblical City of Bethlehem. Be a part of history and witness the events that led up to the birth of Jesus Christ. Take a walk through the marketplace and visit the shops. Taste treats at the baker and candy shops. Participate in “hands-on” activities in the pottery and metal working shops. Hang on to your coins for the Roman census and taxation (coins provided). For more information, please call 304.320.7099.
Santa at the Ridge Runner Train Station and Trolley Ride
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The trolley will start in the parking lot outside the Holiday of Lights entrance. This will include a visit with Santa and an open-air trolley ride through the Holiday of Lights! Bring a camera, dress warm, and we will see you there! Tickets for this event are $3 per person. For more information, please call 304.327.2401 ext. 2451.
Hayrides with Elsa and Olaf!
December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, and 30
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Ride through the Holiday of Lights on a hayride with Elsa and Olaf and enjoy some of your favorite music from their movie! Rides are $3 per person and a bonfire will be lit to stay warm as you are waiting.
This post was last updated on November 21, 2016