West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Nov. 12-25

11/5/2012
The Secret Garden: Nov. 16-17, 23-25, 30 and Dec. 1, Parkersburg
Living in a lonely manor house in 1906 England, Archibald Craven yearns for his beautiful, late wife. He blames his crippled son, Colin, for his wife’s death and has left him neglected and isolated. Their quiet routine is turned upside down when young Mary Lennox, a rich, spoiled child, is sent to live with them following the death of her parents by cholera in India. While living at the manor house, Mary discovers a secret walled garden hidden in the grounds and releases the magic and adventures locked inside, changing their lives forever. All performances begin at 8 p.m. with the exception of Nov. 25, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Visit http://www.actorsguildonline.org or contact 304- 485-1300 for more information.

Holiday Parade and Christmas Fantasy Light Show: Nov. 16 – Dec. 31, Downtown Point Pleasant
Join us and Santa Claus for our annual Christmas parade on Nov. 16. Lineup will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Board of Education office on Main Street and the parade will begin at 6 p.m. Sign-up for the parade is not mandatory but is appreciated. The annual Christmas Fantasy Light Show will begin at Krodel Park immediately following the parade. The light show will feature several displays including a 20-foot-tall Santa Claus, bugle boys, snowmen, a giant reindeer fishing in the lake, a windmill, animated light displays and the Mothman! Many trees will be dressed with a kaleidoscope of colored lights. The light show will run from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each night through the end of December. Admission to the show is free, but donations will be accepted at the park entrance. Contact 304-675-6788 or 304-675-3844 or visit http://www.masoncountytourism.org for additional information.

3rd Annual Holiday Home Tour: Nov. 17, Chester, Newell, New Cumberland and Weirton
The Hancock County Arts Council, under the sponsorship of the Top of WV Convention and Visitors Bureau, presents its Annual Holiday Home Tour on Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The seven sites, featuring locations in Chester, Newell, New Cumberland and Weirton may be viewed in any order. The General Federation of Woman’s Club of New Cumberland will be hosting light refreshments at the Swaney Memorial Library in New Cumberland from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Dickens Carolers will also perform. Those who visit all the sites will have their name in a drawing to win a Fiesta Basket of Homer Laughlin Fiestaware. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased from any member of the Arts Council or at the CVB office. For more information, visit http://www.topofwv.com or contact 877-723-7114 or 304-797-7001.

Holiday in the Park: Nov. 17 – Dec. 31, City Park and Southwood Park, Parkersburg
Delight the young and the young at heart by visiting Parkersburg during the holidays! This holiday drive-through extravaganza at Parkersburg City Park is decorated in celebration of the season with colorful animated and still light displays. The display features the 12 Days of Christmas, cartoon characters, animated woodworking shop and much more. There are additional displays in Southwood Park. For more information, visit http://www.greaterparksersburg.com or contact 800-752-4982.

Lewisburg Annual Holiday Open House: Nov. 18, Multiple Locations, Historic Lewisburg
This spirited weekend is jam-packed with music, delicious treats, carriage rides, holiday decorations, kids' carnival games and a chance to visit with Santa! Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Contact 304-645-1000 or visit http://www.downtownlewisburg.com for additional information.

Winterfest 2012: Nov. 19 – Jan. 1, Cedar Lakes, Ripley
Cedar Lakes will astound you with over three-quarter of a million lights, computer- animated displays, musical events, and holiday themed dinner theaters. There will be horse-drawn wagon rides every Friday and Saturday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. as weather permits. Wagon rides will also occur Dec. 19-20. There is a fee for the horse-drawn wagon rides. Admission for the drive-through is free, but donations are accepted. Nightly viewing is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, call 304-372-7860 or visit http://www.cedarlakes.com.

1st Annual Morgantown Running Turkey Trot: Nov. 22, Morgantown
The 1st Annual Morgantown Turkey Trot will be held Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day. There will be a 5K run/walk race at 8:30 a.m. for adults and a 400 meter Turkey Sprint at 9:30 a.m. for kids age 12 and under. The top five male and female winners will each receive a turkey. All registered trotters will receive a pair of race performance Swiftwick Socks and other running goodies! To register for the race or for more information, visit http://www.morgantownrunning.com or email info@morgantownrunning.com or call 304-241-5223.

Christmas in the Park: Nov. 22 – Dec. 31, Chief Logan State Park, Logan
Celebrate the season with Christmas in the Park and more than a mile of drive-through holiday lights. Enjoy over 120 display pieces and over 1 million lights. Hours are from dark until 10 p.m. each evening beginning Thanksgiving Day through Dec. 31. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Contact 304-792-7125 or visit http://www.chiefloganstatepark.com for additional information.

Christmas Festival of Lights: Nov. 22 – Jan. 1, Welton Park, Petersburg
The Lighting of the Christmas Festival of Lights on Thanksgiving evening provides excitement to children of all ages! Join us on Nov. 22 for this special evening and take a stroll throughout the park while sipping hot cocoa. Don’t forget Santa Clause will be there as well! Visitors can continue to enjoy the drive-through light displays nightly through Dec. 31. For more information, contact 304-257-1725 or visit http://www.grantcountywva.com.

Weston's Christmas Weekend: Nov. 23, Weston
Weston Christmas Parade and lighting of the Dancing Snowflakes takes place 6 p.m. Nov. 23. The theme of the parade is “A Tropical Christmas.” Witness the Annual Lighting of the Dancing Snowflakes, while spending this magical time of year with family, friends and neighbors. This community event is filled with fun for all ages! Call 304-269-2608 for more information or visit http://www.lcchamber.org.

Christmas in Shepherdstown: Nov. 23-25, 30 and Dec. 1-2, Shepherdstown
Join us for tor two magical weekends filled with music, crafts, food, fun and activities for the entire family! Activities and attractions include: Grand Tree Lighting Ceremony, Santa, bonfires, roasted chestnuts, horse-drawn carriage rides, caroling, Christmas bazaar, greenery and bake sale, Christmas parade, magic show, balloons, face painting, evening luminaries, live nativity, holiday gala concert and much more. Contact 304-876-2786 or email info@ChristmasInShepherdstown.com or visit http://www.ChristmasInShepherdstown.com for additional information.

American Mountain Theater’s Christmas Spectacular: Nov. 23 – Dec. 22, Elkins
The American Mountain Theater’s spectacular Christmas Show sets the stage for a magical night of holiday memories. From Christmas classics to contemporary favorites along with side-busting Christmas comedy, audiences delight in the variety and festive performance of this show. Our outstanding cast and crew, highlighted by sparkling lighting, sets and costumes, make this holiday treat a must see. Tickets for all performances and package information are available at http://www.americanmountaintheater.com or by calling 800-943-3670. You may also email info@americanmountaintheater.com or tickets@americanmountaintheater.com

Holidays at the Clay Center: Nov. 23 – Jan. 6, Clay Center, Charleston
Spice up your holiday with fun for the whole family! Don’t miss reindeer hat making, Olympic-style Holly Field Day and visits with SANTA on Nov. 23 from noon to 4 p.m. While at the Clay Center, visit our holiday exhibit “Traditions: A Celebration of Heritage” offering fun for all ages with whimsically designed and decorated trees and original artworks by emerging West Virginia artists! The exhibit runs until Dec. 30. Also, opening Nov. 23 is the Reason for the Season planetarium show. Explore the origins of the world’s holiday celebrations and traditions, many of which have their roots in the stars and stories of the nighttime sky. Shows are Wednesday – Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sundays at noon and 2 p.m. For additional information, visit http://www.theclaycenter.org./publicprograms/holiday-programs.aspx or contact 304-561-3570.

The 20th Annual Holiday Historic House Tour: Nov. 24, Fairmont
This is a self-guided tour of historical sites in Fairmont, with a program and map supplied, light refreshments, live music and most homes decorated for Christmas. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $16 for advance tickets and $18 the day of the tour. Contact 304-367-5398 or visit http://www.marionhistorical.org for more information.

Jane Lew Parade: Nov. 25, Jane Lew
The theme this year is "Christmas Through a Child's Eyes." Visit for a while and enjoy our annual event with all the trimmings! Lineup begins at 1 p.m. in the Industrial Park and the parade starts at 2 p.m. For more information, contact 304-884-7910 or email Charlie Straley at ces@comcast.net

Contact Information

Jacqueline Proctor
304-957-9312
Jacqueline.A.Proctor@wv.gov