O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL
Gather on the front porch of the Mansion Museum in Oglebay to sing a lively mix of holiday classics and modern favorites at the Community Carol Sing, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served throughout the evening and stay warm around a fire burning inside an ice chimney on the front lawn. The event is free and open to the public. 304-242-7272
THE LAND OF SWEETS
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 1 and 3 p.m. on Dec. 15, at the Mansion Museum in Oglebay Park. Tea and photos with OI’s elegantly dressed ballerinas will delight children after each performance at the Mansion. There will be performances at 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.
DECK THE HALLS
Get in the holiday spirit from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Clientele Art Studio’s second annual Deck the Halls Art Show. A live auction featuring custom-painted skate decks by more than 15 of Wheeling’s talented artists will take place during the evening. All proceeds will go to the Greater Wheeling Coalition for the Homeless. Light refreshments will be served by Whisk
DECORATE SOME GINGERBREAD, MAN!
Decorate gingerbread from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Wheeling’s Public Market. Kids can assemble and decorate their own gingerbread house and sample some tasty gingerbread made with local ingredients.
‘THE LITTLEST ANGEL’
This classic Christmas story of a little angel who is transformed from a celestial pest to the toast of the Heavenly Host comes to life onstage at Oglebay Institute’s Towngate Theatre. Evening performances of “The Littlest Angel” take place at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14. A matinee performance is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Tickets can be purchased at www.OIonline.com or by calling 304-242-7700. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, if available
DOWN ON THE FARMSTEAD
In the late 19th century, the five Cockayne sisters were known for their love of music and their skill in performing it. Join friends for two Christmas concert performances featuring the duo Faire May on Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Cockayne Farmstead in Glen Dale. Faire May and friends will perform Christmas favorites and historic pieces found in the farmstead’s collection that would have been played by the Cockaynes themselves. Come to the 3 p.m. show to see the beautiful holiday decorations by daylight, or the 8 p.m. performance to experience the house by candlelight. Tickets — $15 ($10 for members of the Marshall County Historical Society) — must be purchased in advance. 304-845-1411
CHRISTMAS ON CALL
An Ohio Valley Christmas will be presented by Artists on Call at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville. The second annual Christmas show features the talents of Stevie Lynn Boles, Timothy O’Grady Jr. and Timothy O’Grady III, Dirk Roe, John Stauver, Debbie Burnsworth, Marion Stolz, Julie Zogg, D. David Stiles, JoAnn Davis, Samantha and Jessica Jazinksi, Nikki O’Grady Fleming and music director Michael Murphy. $10 pre-sale; $15 at the door. Proceeds support the Marshall County Animal Shelter. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased here.
FOUR AND 20 BLACKBIRDS …
Area residents who feed birds at home or are interested in learning how to better identify birds in nature are welcome to take part in the local portion of the Audubon Society’s 120th annual Christmas Bird Count. The overall survey takes place across all of North America over about three weeks, according to Larry Helgerman of Elm Grove. Helgerman oversees the Wheeling-area count, which includes all of Ohio County, parts of Brooke and Marshall counties and part of Belmont County in Ohio. While expert birders are a critical part of the count, Helgerman is hoping less experienced bird lovers will also join in. One facet of the count allows people to count both species and individual birds at feeding stations or elsewhere on their own properties. Newer birders can also join the team of an expert birder in order to help count in natural areas, such as along the Ohio River. The Wheeling count begins 8 a.m., Dec. 18, at the Schrader Environmental Education Center in Oglebay Park. From there, birding experts will lead groups into the Oglebay woods. Other groups drive to locations within a 7.5-mile radius of the park. Record and tally as many different species as possible. Count for as little or as long as you like until 4 p.m. For more information, contact Helgerman through the Brooks Bird Club.
RUDOLPH THE MUSICAL & DINNER WITH SANTA
The beloved TV classic, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Broadway at The Capitol presents Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: the Musical on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at The Capitol Theatre. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life on stage. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Buy tickets here. Before the show, enjoy Dinner With Santa at The Capitol Ballroom at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17. The menu will include a pasta bar, green beans, garlic breadsticks, beverages and a decorate-your-cookie station. A photo with Santa is included. Dinner tickets here.
LUNCH WITH QUARTZ STRING QUARTET
Lunch With Books at noon Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Ohio County Public Library, will feature a Christmas concert with the Quartz String Quartet (a string quartet with clarinet), featuring members of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, Pittsburgh Ballet, Pittsburgh Festival Opera and Pittsburgh Symphony. The group will present a lively program featuring Mozart and Christmas music with a bit of Dvorak and Brahms. Quartz Quartet members are Ellen-Maria Willis (violin), Katie Wickesburg (violin), Louise Farbman (viola) and Paula Tuttle (cello), with clarinetist Mary Beth Malek. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch, and complimentary beverages are provided. 304-232-0244; www.ohiocountylibrary.org
Undo’s Elm Grove will offer a mix of traditional country, folk and rock as Mark G. L. Henderson performs from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 14. Henderson’s thumb-strumming guitar playing, his soft, raspy voice, his gentle wit and his down-home charm combine to create an intimate, unique musical experience. Undo’s is located at 2153 National Road, Wheeling.
BACK TO THE ’80s
Tongue ‘N Cheek is taking you back to the ’80s from 9-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in the Wheeling Island Showroom. $15; tickets at Wheeling Island Gift Shop or through Ticketmaster. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
Take a stroll or a drive through downtown Wheeling to view the storefronts participating in the Wheeling Arts and Cultural Commission’s decorating contest. Vote for your favorite here. Voting closes Wednesday, Dec. 18, and the winner will be announced on Dec. 20.
SLASHING THROUGH THE SNOW
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. 12, and 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.
POP GO THE CORKS
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.
LIFE OF ELEANOR STEBER
Randall Reid-Smith, curator of the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, will present a special program about the life and career of Eleanor Steber, one of the first American-trained opera singers to achieve international recognition. The program will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec.14, in the auditorium on the lower level of West Virginia Independence Hall. Born in Wheeling in 1914, Steber won the Metropolitan Opera’s auditions in 1940, launching her career with a contract at the Met where she was one of its leading artists through 1961. Outside of the Metropolitan Opera, Steber was a featured regular on television’s Bell Telephone and Firestone Tire broadcasts. She taught voice at the Juilliard School and at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She died in 1990. Throughout her life, Steber frequently visited and performed in Wheeling. Her last performance with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra was led by guest conductor Arthur Fiedler of the Boston Pops. The program is free and open to the public.
The Enchanted Winter Breakfast, hosted by Youth Services System Inc. and Generations Restaurant & Pub, is a brand-new event, set for 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Generations Restaurant & Pub, in Wheeling. Guests young and old are invited to dress in costume! Bring the kids or grandkids to enjoy the excitement of a pancake breakfast with everyone’s favorite ice queen, ice princess and snowman. Additional activities include a photo booth, balloon wands and swords, a snowflake craft, a talking reindeer prize drawing and face painting. Proceeds benefit the Youth Services System Inc. Winter Freeze Shelter, which provides a warm, safe place to sleep for anyone who needs it. Tickets are $10, available on Eventbrite.com, through the event listing on the YSS Facebook page and at youthservicesystem.org.
CHRISTMAS IN THE VALLEY
Enjoy a family-friendly Christmas concert at Christmas in the Valley, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at The Capitol Theatre. The concert features Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and the valley’s own Ron Retzer Trio. The concert will showcase all genres of Christmas songs — gospel, country, pop and oldies. Doors open at 6 p.m. A portion of the proceeds benefit Heaven Bound Ministries and Celebrate Recovery. $25.
FEEL THE LOVE
The tri-state area welcomes one more year of the Feel The Love: Celebrating a BE 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 1995 and continued through the next two decades. Five shows are planned, with the final one at The Capitol Theatre. The schedule includes: Saturday, Dec. 14, Scottish Rite Cathedral, New Castle, Pa; Monday, Dec. 16, and Tuesday, Dec. 17, Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh; Saturday, Dec. 21, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania; and Monday, Dec. 23, The Capitol Theatre, Wheeling. Tickets available here.
UP THE ROAD …
• Skyflight Productions presents an evening with The Bundys on Friday, Dec. 13, at Grange Hall in Barnesville. Siblings Megan, Katey and Ryan Bundy were raised on music, growing up listening to artists ranging from John Denver and Patsy Cline to the Dave Matthews Band. They each developed a curiosity for songwriting and creating music. Their first album, “Louisiana Avenue,” was released in 2015. In 2016, they opened for Grammy award-winning artist Leann Rimes on her Christmas Tour. They’ve also played arenas and studios as well as the legendary Bluebird Café. In 2019, they became the first trio to audition for NBC’s “The Voice.” Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. $12. 423-276-2653; Skyflight Productions on Facebook.
• Pittsburgh’s holiday showcase, A Benedum Christmas — Home for the Holidays, featuring a lineup of vocalists, songwriters and musicians born in Pittsburgh, is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Benedum Center. An opportunity to see some of the best singers and musicians Pittsburgh has to offer, this year’s festive showcase features Scott Blasey, Lyndsey Smith, Billy Price, Clinton Clegg, Margot Bingham, Joy Ike, Anthony Jardine, Jimbo Jackson, Morgan Erina, John Schisler, TRIO+, the Steeltown Horns and Buffalo Rose, along with other special guests. Regular tickets start at $29, and Wine Tasting Reception tickets start at $54. Both are available for purchase at the Box Office at Theater Square, online at TrustArts.org, or by phone at 412-456-6666.
• 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. 12–15 and Dec. 19–22. On weekends during Yinzer Yuletide, join Clark Griswold and his family for the 30th anniversary of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The classic film will be screened at 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21 at The O’Reilly. Yinzer Yuletide also has a movie and more for the kids. At 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22, bring the little ones to Breakfast With Santa & Mickey’s Christmas Carol. For tickets: 412-316-1600, ppt.org or The O’Reilly box office.