Southern West Virginia knows the right way to celebrate the Christmas season. Right here in Princeton, we hold an annual Christmas parade on the Monday after Thanksgiving each year. This is one of the largest Christmas parades in West Virginia.
In nearby Bluefield, every year they hold the Holiday of Lights Festival in Bluefield City Park. The park is covered in lights—more than 40 acres of twinkling Christmas lights. There is also special music and hayrides. The festival is open through December 31st from 6pm to 9pm Sunday through Thursday, and 6pm through 10pm Friday and Saturday.
Bluefield also holds its own annual Christmas parade, usually on a Saturday in December. In 2017, it will be held on December 9th.
If you want to learn more about West Virginia’s coal history during the holiday season, visit the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine for their annual Appalachian Coal Town Christmas. It costs $10 for adults and $5 for children and includes an underground mine trout, marshmallow roast, horse drawn carriage ride, caroling in the church, an ornament workshop, and more. This event is usually held the two weekends following Thanksgiving.
Every year at the Chuck Mathena Center here in Princeton, there is a Breakfast with Santa event. For $20, each child gets a delicious breakfast, a personal visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a photo, and a gift.
If you’ve ever wondered how the rich celebrate Christmas, take the Bramwell Christmas Home Tour, for a self-guided walk through some historic millionaire mansions.
This is just a small sampling of the many Christmas festivities held each year here in Princeton and our neighboring cities.