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St. Albans City Park Drive Through Christmas Light Displays Open For 2021

St. Albans Drive Through Christmas Lights at St. Albans City Park

If you’re searching Google for the best “drive-through Christmas lights near me,” then we have you covered to see West Virginia’s Best Christmas lights display right here in St. Albans.

The St. Albans Festival of Lights is back again this year with their annual drive-through Christmas lights displays open nightly 6 pm – 9 pm November 26 through December 26! The event is closed on December 24 and 25 but will open up for a final night on December 26.

Enjoy Making Memories This Holiday Season

This festive holiday tradition has become one of the most anticipated events in West Virginia because it offers something for everyone to enjoy, from young children to families looking for an entertaining way to spend time together, often creating new memories and holiday traditions.

A Christmas Light Winter Wonderland at St. Albans City Park

Each year, St. Albans City Park is transformed into a Christmas Light Winter Wonderland with hundreds of Christmas lights, many hand-made lighted displays of your favorite holiday characters made by the talented St. Albans Parks & Recreation crew, and an overabundance of holiday spirit!

In its 33rd year, this popular West Virginia Christmas light display is open to visitors who want to enjoy their time admiring themed holiday lights and festive decorations. There are also traditional holiday favorites and popular characters from movies, television, and classic cartoons like Snoopy, Deputy Dog, and the Christmas Story.

See Magical Christmas Lights from Your Car

This long-standing family holiday tradition is a must-see for anyone in the greater tri-state and Charleston and Huntington, West Virginia regions to get into the holiday spirit! Families can drive through the park, taking in hundreds of dazzling holiday lights while listening to festive music playing from a local radio station along their route. WWSA 96.9 in St. Albans offers your favorite, festive, and holiday music to be the soundtrack for your drive through the Festival of Lights and its many twinkling holiday lights this holiday season.

Enjoy Free Holiday Fun For the Entire Family

St. Albans City Park’s Christmas lights display is a great way to spark holiday cheer and family fun for all ages — all for free. The Festival of Lights at St. Albans City Park is free to the public as there is no charge to visit the annual holiday light displays. Although not required, monetary or canned food donations are always welcomed. All donations collected go towards the operation of the event as well as supporting our local food banks to help those in need.

More Holiday Events in St. Albans, WV

Saturday, Dec 4th
– St. Albans Christmas Parade – Downtown SA – 4:00 pm
– Christmas Tree Lighting – Main Street – 6:00 pm
– Cunningham Luminaries – Cunningham Memorial – 6:00 pm
– St. Albans Lighted Boat Parade – Roadside Park – 6:00 pm

Sunday, Dec 5th
– Christmas Movie Matinee & Toy Drive – Hansford Center – 3:00 pm

Frequently Asked Questions about Driving Through the Festival of Lights

How long does it take to drive through the Lights?

From the donation booth to the exit, it takes approximately 25 minutes to drive through the displays. On busier weekend nights, it may take longer, so please plan accordingly.

Where is the Festival of Lights Located?

St. Albans City Park is located at 931 Observatory Drive off of Valley Pike and Vine Street in St. Albans, WV 25177.

Driving Directions from Charleston, WV

  1. From I-64 West, take Exit 54 – MacCorkle Ave. / Rt. 60
  2. Turn Left onto MacCorkle Ave towards St. Albans
  3. Turn Left onto Walnut Street
  4. Follow Walnut Street to Kanawha Terrace
  5. Turn Right onto Kanawha Terrace to Vine Street.
  6. Follow Festival of Lights signs towards the St. Albans City Park entrance.

Driving Directions from Huntington, WV

  1. From I-64 East, take Exit 44 – St. Albans.
  2. Turn Right onto Rt.817, travel to MacCorkle Ave.
  3. Turn Left on MacCorkle, travel to Walnut Street.
  4. Follow Walnut Street to Kanawha Terrace.
  5. Turn Right onto Kanawha Terrace to Vine Street.
  6. Follow Festival of Lights signs towards the St. Albans City Park entrance.

How long does the Festival of Lights last?

The Festival of Lights at St. Albans City Park runs from November 26, 2021, through December 26, 2021. The event is open nightly 6 pm – 9 pm. The event is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to allow our crew members to enjoy time with their families. We re-open for a final night on December 26.

Will Santa be at City Park for the lights this year?

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 26 and December 23.

Who do I contact for more information about the Festival of Lights?

St. Albans City Park offers a wide array of family-friendly activities and events for the community to enjoy, especially during the holiday season! For more information about this year’s Festival of Lights or any other recreational opportunities in St. Albans, contact the St. Albans Parks & Recreation Department at 304-722-4625 or visit their website www.saparkswv.com.