Spend the most wonderful time of year in Mercer County, West Virginia
Last updated: November 30, 2021
Spend the most wonderful time of the year in Mercer County! Whether you are visiting family or spending a holiday weekend in town, we got plenty of festivities to keep you busy and in the holiday spirit.
Bramwell Christmas Tour of Homes
Since 1983, the Bramwell Christmas Tour of Homes has been a holiday tradition in Mercer County. After the 2020 cancellation, the favored seasonal activity is back this year! Step back in time with an evening in Bramwell. Learn from costumed interpreters about the history of the town and enjoy Christmas entertainment like live music and dazzling lights.
On Saturday, December 11, experience a Victorian Christmas in the historic town of Bramwell. Three homes and the masonic lodge will be open to the public. Additionally, visitors can walk the brick streets of Millionaires Row and dine at local eateries — all in the spirit of Christmas. The homes will be opened from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or at the door. Masks are required in the homes.
If you can’t make it to the home tour this year, you can still appreciate the beauty of Bramwell. Bundle up and take a stroll through this charming town — it is like walking in a Hallmark Christmas movie! Maps are available in town at both the Coal Heritage Trail Interpretation Center and the Corner Shop. Learn about the homes and how the town of Bramwell came to be Home of the Millionaires.
Mercer Street Grassroots District
Tackle your looming Christmas list in Mercer County. From antique treasures and unique finds to tasty treats and beautiful art, there is a local gift for everyone on your list here. Spend an afternoon browsing the small businesses lining the Mercer Street Grassroots District. Easily find gifts for everyone in your life, including the art lover, the craft beer connoisseur and even the bookworm! Fuel up after a day spent shopping at one of the delicious restaurants located within the district.
Christmas Tree Farms
Load up the family and bring home a Mercer County holiday tradition this year at one of our local Christmas tree farms! The Plateau Tree Farm, located about a mile off I-77 near Pipestem Resort State Park, is home to more than 10,000 Douglas Firs (short needle) and White Pines (long needle). As a family-operated tree farm, Plateau caters to families looking for the quintessential holiday experience — choosing their own tree, cutting it down and hauling it home. Plateau Tree Farm is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
While you are hunting for the perfect Christmas tree this year, another great option in the area to visit is Bailey Tree Farm at the Bluestone Nursery in Camp Creek. This tree farm has been family-owned and operated since 1964! Bailey’s offers a selection of Canaan Fir (soft needles and native to West Virginia) and Norway Spruce (prickly needles). Make it a full afternoon and bring the whole family to find the best tree for your home, purchase a one-of-a-kind handmade wreath and sip some hot chocolate. Bailey Tree Farm is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Christmas Holiday of Lights
When the sun goes down, the Holiday of Lights shine bright at Bluefield’s Lotito City Park. Drive through the mesmerizing show of almost 1.2 million Christmas lights and wonderful holiday scenes! Acres of glittery magic fill the 1.5-mile drive through the park. Displays include candy cane canopies, arches of stars and poinsettias; and new displays and sculptures are added to the collection every year, as well. While every night is a treat, various activities like holiday music, a live nativity scene and visits from Santa add to the charm. Experience the 25th anniversary of the Holiday of Lights from November 25 to January 2. The lights are open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
West Virginia’s Christmas City
Don’t let your holiday fun end at the Holiday of Lights. Bluefield will be celebrating all month long! This year is Bluefield’s first official year as West Virginia’s Christmas City! Special events in December include scenic evening walks through Lotito City Park (every Sunday starting on December 5), holiday music, trolley rides, photos with Santa and more. Mark your calendars for the Hometown Christmas Festival on December 11-17. Kicking off the festival is the Christmas City Parade on December 11 at 4 p.m., followed by the start of the Holiday Market at 6 p.m. Throughout the week, enjoy new activities every night, including photo opportunities with Santa and the Grinch, local vendors, contests and more.
A dazzling display of lights, a seasonal tour of Victorian-era homes, local shopping, special events… Don’t miss out on the holidays in Mercer County this year! Plan your trip now. For more upcoming events to add to your itinerary, visit our calendar.