The Oglebay Park Christmas Lights

In Wheeling, West Virginia is an Oglebay Park which is a public municipal park that transforms into a veritable explosion of Christmas each and every holiday season.  The Oglebay Christmas lights are just about to come up, turning this 1,650 acre lot into a wonderland for kids and adults alike.

Oglebay Park was turned over to Wheeling local government in 1928 by Earl Oglebay, and a Wheeling Park Commission was formed. They have done an amazing job transforming this park into one of the highlights of living or visiting the area. He also donated a farm lot where the Mansion Museum and Greenhouse stands today.

Oglebay Attractions and Events

Oglebay Park Winter Festival of Lights is  the main attraction of the festive season. The lights  change the park in such a way to make it appear magical. This event began in 1985 and has since become a Wheeling tradition; almost every corner of the park is lit up into a fantastic winter wonderland.

This year, expectations are sky high that the LED Oglebay Christmas lights will stun the public as the light shows are expected to be accompanied by Christmas festive music. It would have to outdo the 2,000 light display of the previous Polyhedron Star, the Candy Cane Wreath light display, or the tallest light display, the Poinsettia Wreath and Candle display.

While You’re Here in Oglebay

Aside from the annual events, if you happen to drop by Oglebay Park purely by chance, you can expect to enjoy adventure, classic cuisine, enticing display, and lots of memorable moments. For instance, why not try going a round of golf on one of the championship golf courses in the park?

The Eckhart House is an 1892 historic relic and home of banker, George Eckhart Jr. It has been called the “Crown Jewel” of Wheeling because of its architecture. Inside are 10 fireplaces, Queen Ann stained glass windows, 10 feet pocket doors, hardwood flooring, Lincrusta wainscoting, 1890s chandeliers, and a beautiful staircase that curves majestically through the 3 storey building. It’s a must while you’re here.

The Museum of Oglebay Institute has the history of Oglebay and Wheeling in one place. If you’re interested in treasures and stunning antiques, this is the place to go. Aside from the Oglebay Park Winter Festival of Lights which includes this museum as part of the holiday ambience. One can also drop by the Glass Museum to see beautiful glass art being made by an expert artisan.

Where To Eat in Oglebay

There are plenty of great local restaurants to enjoy a bite to eat in Wheeling. Some of popular restaurants aside from the stands and options in the park itself include:

  • The Metropolitan Citi Grill in Wheeling where the food is fresh, delicious, and filling. The cuisine is a combination of American and European cuisine, all perfectly grilled to perfection with lovely sidings and salads.
  • Coleman’s Fish Market is an open market – fresh fish ready to order.
  • Abbey’s Restaurant & Lounge is your typical all-American cuisine with ribs and chicken, steak and chops – all extremely succulent and tender.  It’s a busy restaurant so do allot some time for waiting or come!
  • Pickles Grog & Grill in Wheeling is a pub where you can enjoy a few drinks, tasty appetizers and gigantic meals, and pickles galore. If you love your pickles, this is going to be your favorite dining and drinking experience in all of the USA!

Now that the holidays are approaching, expect to see an extension of the Oglebay Christmas lights all throughout Wheeling and around these fabulous restaurants.

Where to Stay in Oglebay

We’ve got two great recommends for places for you to say in Wheeling, both with quick and easy access to the park:

  • Springhill Suites in Wheeling is perfect for those who have to check up on work while on vacation. It’s close to the Eckhart House and Oglebay Park, so great opportunity to see the Oglebay Christmas lights from a distance. It does have an indoor pool, Wi-Fi access, and spa; the rooms are very generously sized.
  • Hampton Inn is also close to the park and comes with complimentary breakfast, fitness center, business center, parking, laundry, cable, and Wi-Fi.

Your Christmas spent at the Oglebay Christmas lights are going to an amazing Christmas experience.  Don’t forget your camera!

Photos by jmd41280, marada.