FEEL THE LOVE
Don’t miss the last year of the Feel The Love: Celebrating a B.E. Taylor Christmas concert in honor of the late B.E. Taylor and the season he loved so much. B.E.’s son, B.C. Taylor, will be joined with all the familiar faces: Rick Witkowski, Hermie Granati, Jeff Jimerson and Jamie Peck. This will be the final year for the concert that started in the mid-1990s and continued through the next two decades. The five-show tour wraps up in Wheeling on Monday, Dec. 23, at The Capitol Theatre. Tickets available here.
FLURRIES WITH CHANCE OF MAGIC
Do Christmas wishes really come true? Take a journey with Zip, a spirited snowflake, as she searches for a magical place where wishes come true. She’ll learn all about the “big, jolly guy in the red suit” and meet a few special friends along the way who have Christmas wishes of their own. Families are invited to the Pittsburgh Puppet Works performance of Flurries with a Chance of Magic at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the Ohio County Public Library auditorium. Pittsburgh Puppet Works is just the right blend of comedy and education. 304-232-0244; www.ohiocountylibrary.org
A ROCKIN’ REVUE
Members of The Bridge + Tunnel Collective and some very special guests continue their annual holiday revue benefiting Wheeling-area neighbors who are especially vulnerable and in need at this time of year. The third annual “A Very Bridge + Tunnel Christmas” is set for 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre. A holiday revue for all ages, the concert will put audience members in a festive mood as multiple musicians take the stage, performing original pieces full of holiday themes. Plenty of holiday standards also make their way to the setlist. Proceeds from the concert will benefit NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Wheeling. This year’s revue lineup features Mr. Fancy Pants, Michael Iafrate, Weird Lightning, Ananga Martin, The Pussyfooters, Zoe Buccella, Matt Heusel and Chelsey Keding. $12.50; 304-242-7700; www.oionline.com
RUB, GRUB & JAM
Rub & Grub will sponsor a Holiday Jam to benefit Shriner’s Children Hospitals at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20. Dark Sunset and Snark Bait will provide the music, while two Wheeling Park High School bands are teaming up to do something special for the children. Wheeling Brewing pierogies, soft drinks, water and Christmas cookies will be for sale. $5 donation. All proceeds will go to Shriners Children’s Hospital.
Don’t miss this holiday favorite as Oglebay Institute’s School of Dance presents several performances of “The Nutcracker” throughout the holiday season. Performances are set for 3 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 22, and 7 p.m. on Dec. 23, at Towngate Theatre. Call 304-242-7700 or www.OIonline.com for reservations.
MANSION IS DECKED
Holidays at the Mansion, featuring 13 period rooms decorated in holiday finery at Oglebay Institute’s Mansion Museum, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Jan. 5. It is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. $10; free for ages 17 and under accompanied by an adult; 304-242-7272; www.OIonline.com
OGLEBAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Oglebay’s landscape is alive with twinkling lights through Jan. 5. The Winter Festival of Lights features more than one million lights in 90 displays and covers more than 300 acres over a 6-mile drive through Oglebay Park. New to the show in 2019, guests can experience a variety of enchanting activities at the new Frosted Hilltop attraction located near Oglebay’s iconic Mansion Museum at The Hilltop. This magical wonderland is home to the Snowflake Express Train Ride, designed for children, located inside Oglebay’s greenhouse, while guests of all ages can embark on a 20-minute guided adventure through the twinkling hillsides while aboard the new Frosty Wagon Ride. While at the Frosted Hilltop, guests can experience the Garden Bistro’s new Ice Lounge featuring firepits, s’mores kits and seasonal refreshments, including holiday beverages for guests 21 and older, while enjoying panoramic views of the breathtaking hillside. Visitors can warm up at the Ice Lounge from 5-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. With the return of 3D Sleigh Bans, the 2019 Winter Festival of Lights promises to be even more stunning. This year, guests will enjoy new holographic filters, including gingerbread men, candy canes, snowmen and snowflakes. For information about the Winter Festival of Lights, visit www.oglebay.com/lights.
HOLIDAY ART SHOW & SALE
Buy local by visiting Oglebay Institute’s Holiday Art Show & Sale, open through Dec. 23, at the Stifel Fine Arts Center and the Schrader Environmental Education Center. This annual shopping experience showcases the talent of dozens of regional artisans and crafters offering one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays. Shop hundreds of unique items, including pottery, paintings, photography, jewelry, textiles, home décor and gourmet goodies. Sale hours at the Stifel are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is also open during scheduled classes and events. Sale hours at Schrader are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 304-242-7700; www.OIonline.com
OPEN HOUSE, OPEN WINE
Good Mansion Wines will devote each Friday wine tasting in December to an open house tasting. The open house format features a bounty of holiday wines along with foods from the deli and live music. 6 p.m. $15 at the door, no reservations needed. Occupancy limited to 40.
‘IT’S A WONDERFUL KNIFE’
You’ll be slashing through the snow as Mystery Theatre Unlimited’s interactive musical-comedy, murder-mystery show, “Slay Ride II: Fright Christmas or It’s a Wonderful Knife,” will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at River City Restaurant in Wheeling, and on Friday, Dec. 20, at the Vue Bar and Grill in Grand Vue Park, Moundsville. There is nothing silent about this night as this installment of the original comedy troupe’s holiday “Slay Ride” series finds Santa in double-jeopardy with a hostile takeover brewing, threatening his workshop, and a serial killer is on the loose in the North Pole. The result is a darkly funny tale of a Santa stalker compounded with a corporate takeover plot. It is laced with references to horror movies as well as seasonal humor and sprinkled with a few Christmas song send-ups. For reservations at The Vue, call 304-810-2778 or at River City, 304-233-4555.
Singer/songwriter Vic Trip will present a mix of familiar classic rock, folk and country music, along with some selections from his recent album, Reverse Osmosis, on Saturday, Dec. 21, at Undo’s Elm Grove. The music starts at 9 p.m. Undo’s is located at 2153 National Road, Wheeling.
RING IN THE NEW YEAR …
• Join Generation Wheeling for “Roaring Into the ’20” for an evening of food, drinks and fun to celebrate the return of the roaring ’20s from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at The Capitol Theatre Ballroom. Dance the night away to live music from Hit Play. $50 includes appetizers, open bar, photo booth and a champagne toast when the clock strikes midnight. Designated drivers and non-drinkers can join the fun for $35.
• Celebrate 2020 by time-traveling and winning at the Back Through the Decades New Year’s Eve Party, Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino. Enjoy any or all of these parties at the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack. The Meeting Rooms will be decked out like a 1920s Speakeasy for the “Roarin’ ’20s Dueling Pianos Show.” The ’70s Dance Party in the Showroom features the high-energy dance band, New York Minute. The ’50s and ’60s party on the Racing Terrace features a prime rib buffet. Get all-access passes or individual party tickets at the Wheeling Island Gift Shop or on Ticketmaster.
• The Roller Derby in Moundsville will host a New Year’s Eve Skating Party at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. All skaters will receive party favors, pizza/hot dog and a “kid-friendly” toast at midnight. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. Skate rentals are $2. 304-845-8898
• Join the Ohio Valley Pride Community Center at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, for a New Year’s Eve Glow Party at the Ohio Valley Pride Community Center. It will be a glow theme, complete with glow sticks and other party favors. BYOB; soda drinks and snacks at the concession stand.
UP THE ROAD …
• Experience the Magic of Christmas Tours at scheduled times through Dec. 22, and by appointment through Jan. 6, at the Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum in Barnesville, Ohio. Enjoy this elegant, 26-room mansion spectacularly decorated for the holidays. Call 740-425-1457, 740-425-2228 or 740-695-0766 for more details or to schedule a tour.
• Yinzer Yuletide is Pittsburgh Public Theater’s brand-new holiday entertainment experience at downtown’s O’Reilly Theater. The festivities begin with the theater’s large front windows glowing with decorations inspired by department store displays of yesteryear. The holiday presence will continue inside the theater with shopping for Love Pittsburgh items, a Santa’s Workshop gift area for kids, and Nebby and Nice bars offering everything from hot chocolate and Curly Tail coffee (which helps support animal rescue) to craft cocktails. Yinzer Yuletide’s signature event is the live variety show, Pittsburgh Lights & Legends, hosted by WQED star Rick Sebak. The O’Reilly stage will become Rick’s cozy living room, where he will welcome an array of sparkling guests. At each of the eight performances will be Pittsburgh icons Lenora Nemetz and Etta Cox; 7-year-old vocal phenomenon Victory Brinker; rocker Josh Verbanets; juggler and clown O’Ryan the O’Mazing; and Ben Prisbylla, whose Ukes & Suits is a YouTube sensation. Also featured will be TV clips of holiday lights in local neighborhoods. Pittsburgh Lights & Legends runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, Dec. 19–22. Join Clark Griswold and his family for the 30th anniversary of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20, and Saturday, Dec. 21, at The O’Reilly. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 22, bring the little ones to Breakfast With Santa and a showing of Mickey’s Christmas Carol. For tickets: 412-316-1600, ppt.org or The O’Reilly box office.