St. Albans Festival of Lights

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Mayor's Welcome

St. Albans Festival of Lights - Christmas Lights Display in St. Albans West Virginia

Welcome Friends & Family,

As the Holiest of seasons approach and families are busy preparing for Christmas, we are thankful that you have taken the time to visit the St. Albans Festival of Lights. As I have attended the St. Albans Festival of Lights each year since 1988, the first year that St. Albans put this event together, we are very thankful that you and your family have taken the time to attend what has developed into one of the best Christmas Light Shows in the entire State of West Virginia. For many of you, it has become tradition to drive through our lights every year. For some, it is the start of a new tradition for your family. Either way,  we truly thank you for being part of this great event!

The holidays can be very hectic for many of us so we ask that you remember the reason for the season, and cherish the moments with family and friends as we celebrate the birth of our Christ. St. Albans wishes you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a prosperous and wonderful New Year!


God Bless,

Mayor Scott James

St. Albans Festival of Lights Hours

Our Hours of Operation for the 2019 St. Albans Festival of Lights


2019 Festival of Lights Hours of Operation:

Hours: 6pm – 9pm Nightly
Open 11/29 – 12/23
Closed Dec. 24th, Dec 25th
Re-opens Dec. 26th – Final Night

Hours of Operation - St. Albans Festival of Lights

Where to Find Us

The St. Albans Festival of Lights are located in St. Albans City Park. We're easy to find from either Huntington or Charleston, West Virginia.


From Charleston

  1. From I-64 East, 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 park entrance.

From Huntington

  1. From I-64 West, take Exit 44 – St. Albans.
  2. Turn Right onto Rt.35, 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 park entrance.

Come Visit With Santa Claus

A Visit with Ol' St. Nick tops off the evening for kids. He's located at the top of the hill near the cookies and hot chocolate.

St. Nicholas
Visit Santa at the St. Albans Festival of Lights

Let the kids share their Christmas wishes with Santa and have their picture taken to capture the special moment.

Pictures with Santa are only $5.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some answers to frequently asked questions we often get. Feel free to contact us if you need further assistance.

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How much does it cost to see the lights?

There is no charge to drive through the St. Albans Festival of Lights.  However, we do accept donations, either monetary or in canned goods.

What are your hours? Are you open every night?

We are open nightly from 6pm – 9pm.  The St. Albans Festival of Lights runs from Nov. 29th through Dec. 23rd.  To give our team time with their families, we will be closed Dec. 24th and 25th. Our final night of the year is December 26th.

Is Santa Claus There Every Night?

Schedule permitting, we try to accommodate Santa’s busy holiday schedule as much as possible.
Be sure to check with the attendants at the gate as to Santa’s appearance for the night.

How Much Do Pictures With Santa Cost?

Pictures with Santa are only $5.  However, you can take your own at no charge.

Are Pets Allowed at the Festival of Lights?

We are a pet friendly atmosphere.  We asked that you keep your pet on-leash while out of your vehicle.  We sometimes have pet treats at the donation booth as well.

Do You Walk or Drive To See The Lights?

We are open to vehicle traffic only. We ask that you use your running lights only during your visit to fully enjoy the lights.

Will Santa Be There on December 26th?

Unfortunately, Santa will not be making an appearance on Dec. 26th.

Are the Festival of Lights still open in rain or snow?

As road safety and weather conditions permit, we will try our best to remain open Nightly from 6 pm -9 pm.

How long does it take to drive through the Festival of Lights

On an average night, it typically takes at least 30min to drive through the entire event.
However, increases in event traffic may increase lines and drive time.

Is parking available?

Yes, parking is available at the top of the hill for those who wish to visit Santa Claus or stop for refreshments at the park concession stand.

Will you be having more hayrides on other nights?

Our hayride event on November 27th is one-night-only with guided tours. Beginning Nov 29th, we are only open to vehicle traffic.

Do you accept donations?

Yes, we gladly accept either monetary or non-perishable food donations. Any monies collected go towards the operating expenses of the festival. Non-perishable food donations help feed the hungry through local church and non-profit food banks.

Sponsors & Supporters

We are grateful for the generosity in both time and resources from our many supporters and sponsors.

Thank You

Ron Colby, Councilman
East Coast Tees
In Memory of Calvin Hall Jr.
Farley’s Hotdogs
Harless Printing
Mayor Scott and Becky James
Kanawha County Commission
Kanawha Foods
Kanawha Terrace Hardware
Kanawha Terrace IGA
Leonard’s Electrical Suppliers
Mike Mamone, Councilman
Oliver’s Fuel

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
Carolyn & Pat Quinlan, Councilman
Rainbow International
Rapid Car Wash
River City Rage Travel Softball
Vonda & Lee Roberts, Councilman
St. Albans ALA #73
St. Albans City Council
St. Albans Lions Club
State Electric Supply
Cheryl Thomas, Councilwoman
SMSGT Marty Thomas
United Communications
Aly C. White, Councilwoman

Visitor Reviews

Year after year we've become a favorite holiday tradition for families near and far.

Great place to see the lights and share time with Family and Friends. Beautiful display of lights filled with Christmas Spirit. Thanks to All who help present this enjoyable event for others to see. AND Santa is there to add to the Fun. 💚🎄❤️🎅💖
Judy Eubanks Statler
Judy Eubanks Statler
Beautiful display. They are awesome!!!
Roger Mallory
Roger Mallory
Family fun.. Beautiful and amazing.
Salena Carter
Salena Carter
I enjoyed the walk very much. This is the best way to savor the beauty of The St. Albans Festival of Lights. But I do have one concern: the cars. Although the road was supposedly closed to traffic, there were several cars leaving the park as us pedestrians walked on the road. Most of the cars (not all!) had logo on the doors indicating they were reporting crews from local news outlets. We adult walkers walked to the side and yelled 'Car back!" to alert our fellow walkers. But there were several energetic children who were running back and forth, marveling at the lights. It would have been too easy for one of these children to dart to one side or the other to get closer to one of those lights just as one of those cars was driving past. So .. if you want news coverage, then please, schedule this to occur before or after the "walk through" times. Do you really want a future Light Festival to make the news because a small child was hit by a car?
Gina D Cooper Griffith
Gina D Cooper Griffith
beautiful every year! Christmas tradition 🙂
Chelsea Lasure
Chelsea Lasure
it was fun and something unexpected
Mitzi Stewart
Mitzi Stewart
It was absolutely beautiful. Made good memories with my kids
Heather McClure
Heather McClure
Always visit it every year with my daughter We always enjoy it
Georgette Pike
Georgette Pike
Beautiful and emotional.
Heidi Hilbert
Heidi Hilbert
5 stars It was so beautiful
Amanda Ackley Jones
Amanda Ackley Jones
very nice. kids loved it!
Jacklynne Via
Jacklynne Via
Beautiful free light display, we go every year.
Stephanie Angel Young
Stephanie Angel Young
Christmas lights are wonderful
Alice Dobbins
Alice Dobbins
very organized and beautiful lights
Candy Green
Candy Green
Great time. Lights were beautiful. Mr and Mrs Santa were fabulous.
Cathy Posey
Cathy Posey
I take my family every year, and it keeps getting better.
Misty Tilton
Misty Tilton
Love the lights 💚 love seeing new lights every year.
Allie McCracken Gessel
Allie McCracken Gessel
Doddie Guthrie Greenhill
Doddie Guthrie Greenhill
Twyla Martin Simpkins
Twyla Martin Simpkins
Jim Sholes
Jim Sholes
Took my grandkids to see Santa all went well Short Line beautiful lights something for everyone
Carol Buck
Carol Buck
April Selbe-Reed
April Selbe-Reed
Terry Burns
Terry Burns
Gwen Walker
Gwen Walker
Tabitha Miller
Tabitha Miller
Samantha Robinson
Samantha Robinson

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