It’s that time of year again! St. Albans City Park will soon be transformed into a winter wonderland this holiday season for the 33rd Annual St. Albans Festival of Lights, presented by the St. Albans Parks & Recreation Department
and the City of St. Albans, WV.
Get into the Christmas spirit and ready for your holiday festivities with Free Walking Tours on November 23rd from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., followed by Free Hayrides on November 24th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The park’s holiday lights open to vehicle traffic only on Friday, November 26th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The annual drive-through holiday lights display runs nightly from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through December 23rd, closes on December 24 and 25, then reopens for the final night on December 26th.
Christmas Lights at St. Albans City Park
This annual event has become a favorite family holiday tradition for many and has spectators coming from miles around. Over the years, the St. Albans Festival of Lights has become one of the best Christmas lights displays in the Tri-State region and is known for being one of the longest-running drive-thru Christmas lights displays as well.
When most are still celebrating Halloween, the St. Albans Parks & Recreation staff are hard at work updating their hand-made displays with new bulbs, making repairs, and building brand-new installations with hundreds of twinkling lights to light up the holidays.
This year’s event features many favorite animated holiday and Christmas light displays, plus new additions to its holiday scenes that the Parks & Recreation crew have been busy working on well before the event gets underway.
Get a Sneak Preview with Our Walk-Through Event
For one night only, visitors can stroll through City Park on foot on November 23rd from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., getting an up-close look at the hundreds of hand-made Christmas light displays strung throughout the park.
Festival-goers will begin their walking tour from St. Albans High school on Kanawha Terrace, continuing up the hill to City Park and back again. This pet-friendly event is free and open to the public. We ask that visitors keep their pets leashed at all times.
Free Hayrides Returning This Holiday Season
One of the most popular nights of The Festival of Lights in St. Albans will be returning this holiday season. On November 24th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., visitors can go on a free hayride that takes them through St. Albans City Park and its many hand-made light displays and festive decorations during this one-night-only, sneak preview event.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., visitors are encouraged to park at St. Albans High School’s parking lot. We’ll then head to City Park to begin our tours of the park. Our excursions will conclude with a return trip back to the High School parking/staging area.
Opening Night Festivities
Beginning November 26th, the Christmas lights in St. Albans City Park open nightly 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. to vehicle traffic only through December 23rd. The park will be closed on December 24th and 25th for everyone to enjoy the holidays with their families. We open for our final night of the year on December 26th.
Santa Claus’ Visit
With the recommendations from the Kanawha County Health Department, Santa Claus will be kept safe by social distancing and waving at visitors as they enter the event near the donation booth. Santa will do his best to be on hand every Friday & Saturday night between November 26th and December 23rd.
Donations Are Appreciated
This is a free event open to the public. Donations, on the other hand, are always appreciated. We appreciate any monetary or non-perishable food donation. Money collected goes towards funding our annual Christmas Light display, with food donations going to local food pantries and charitable organizations.
WWSA Radio to Provide Holiday Music
Get into the holiday spirit during your trip through the dazzling lights displays by tuning your radios to WWSA 96.9 FM to enjoy your favorite holiday tunes and Christmas music as you tour through the many Christmas light displays throughout the park.
Directions to St. Albans Festival of Lights
The St. Albans Festival of Lights is located in St. Albans City Park can be easily found by pointing your GPS to 931 Observatory Drive in St. Albans, WV
. From Kanawha Terrace, turn onto Vine Street, turn on Valley Pike, and travel to Observatory Drive, where you will enter the park to begin your tour through this year’s festive lights.
We ask that you practice social distancing during our free walking tours and hayride events through the holiday lights to ensure the safety and whole holiday fun for all visitors. Although not required, we respectfully encourage masks if needed. Everyone’s safety is our top priority.
About The St. Albans Festival Of Lights:
For more details on the St. Albans Festival of Lights, contact St. Albans City Parks & Recreation Superintendent Kevin Pennington at 304-722-4625. Visit our website at www.salights.com, on Facebook at fb.com/salightsfest, or visit the lights in person at 931 Observatory Drive in St. Albans, WV 25177.