Festival to end Sunday

WHEELING – The Winter Festival of Lights at Oglebay will end Sunday.

The holiday tradition began in 1985, with five light displays and landscape lighting over approximately 125 acres on a three-mile drive through the resort. Since then, the show has grown into one of the nation’s largest light shows, covering more than three hundred acres over a six-mile drive through the resort.

Eighty light displays are now part of the show.

Every year, new displays are added and the placement of the existing displays change to keep the show fresh. Christmas Tree Farm, one of this year’s new displays, was the winner of last year’s Festival of Lights New Idea Contest.

This year’s other new displays are Woodpeckers and Leaping Frog, and the Oglebay Village has been expanded.

The popular Light and Music Extravaganza takes place nightly on the Good Zoo patio with more than 35,500 LED lights choreographed to holiday music.

The zoo also features the annual holiday model train display at the state’s largest O-Gauge model train exhibit and holiday laser shows at the zoo’s Benedum Theater. Admission to the zoo is $9 for adults and $5.75 for children ages 3 to 12, and this admission includes the Light and Music Extravaganza on the zoo’s patio.

The Mansion Museum, the former summer home of the Oglebay family, is elegantly decorated for the holidays.

The Winter Festival of Lights is viewable until 10 p.m. through Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

There is no admission to the Festival but a per car donation is requested and is valid for the entire festival season.

Visitors making a $25 donation will receive a DVD of the Festival of Lights and Oglebay story.

For information about Oglebay and the Winter Festival of Lights, call (800) 624-6988 or visit www.oglebay-resort.com.