Stifel Center Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees Returns to Wheeling’s Stifel Center

Oglebay Insitute’s Festival of Trees will transform the Stifel Center into a Christmas wonderland of trees, wreaths and garlands from Nov. 8-22, decorated by creative and skilled volunteers.

All items are for sale, and proceeds benefit Oglebay Institute’s arts, cultural and nature programs. Beginning Nov. 14, visitors can also shop the Holiday Art Show and Sale, a holiday shopping event featuring hundreds of handcrafted items from dozens of artisans who set up shop in the Stifel Center for the holiday season.

Several special events take place throughout the festival.

The festival kicks off with a free opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. From Nov. 9-22, the Festival of Trees is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free, and donations are accepted.

Festival of Trees is sponsored by Belmont Savings Bank with additional support from Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration.

Ready for this year’s Festival of Trees at the Stifel Fine Arts Center are Oglebay Institute President Danielle McCracken, left, OI director of development Micah Underwood, center, and Todd Cover, president and CEO of Belmont Savings Bank.

Festival of Trees Special Events:

Opening Night Reception, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8

Celebrate the opening of Oglebay Institute’s annual Festival of Trees. Enjoy German-inspired food and drink and music by Wheeling Park High School’s Young Patriots. Admission is free. Donations accepted.

Children’s Breakfast with Santa Among the Trees, 9-10:15 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 16

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Meet Santa Claus at the Stifel Fine Arts Center! Delicious breakfast, special guests and themed crafts make this an event to remember. $15 per person. Free to children 3 and under.

Jazz Among the Trees, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16

Enjoy swinging standards, contemporary originals and modern jazz led by the warm vocal style and articulate piano playing of Jenny Wilson. Browse and shop the Holiday Art Show and Sale and Festival of Trees. Admission is $22.50.

Stifel Holiday Tea, 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19

Socialize with friends in the elegantly decorated landmark Stifel Fine Arts Center. Enjoy tea sandwiches, hot tea and cookies. Browse and shop the Festival of Trees and be among the first to shop the Holiday Art Show & Sale, which features hundreds of one-of-a-kind items created by dozens of local artisans. Admission is free.

Festival of Trees Dine & Shop Business and Civic Club Luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20

Kick off the holiday season, celebrate the spirit of giving and “shop small” with fellow business professionals and civic leaders at Oglebay Institute’s Holiday Art Show & Sale and Festival of Trees. Enjoy a buffet lunch in the historic Stifel Fine Arts Center among the beautifully decorated trees.  Admission is $15 per person. Open to individuals and groups. Advanced registration required.

Festival of Trees Wine Tasting, 7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22

Enjoy a scrumptious assortment of wine and food pairings and socialize with friends in a stunning holiday setting. Attendees will also have the opportunity to browse the Festival of Trees and shop the Holiday Art Show and Sale. $35 per person. ($30 OI members.)

For more information on the Festival of Trees or to register for any special events, visit or call 304-242-4200.