The tree is up, the lights are on and the star is shining — Christmas has come to Buckhannon.
County employees installed the traditional Christmas tree in front of the Upshur County Courthouse Monday afternoon, wrapping the festive pine in large white lights as snowflakes danced through the air.
As you deck the halls, don’t miss out on these festive events in Upshur County over the next two weeks:
Annual Messiah Sing-Along with BCS, Friday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Come join the Buckhannon Chorale Society as they unite with the audience to combine their voices in Part I of the classic Handel’s Messiah, ending with the beloved Hallelujah Chorus. Complete with accomplished soloists and organ accompaniment provided by WVU’s Dr. William Haller, this will be a lovely Christmas experience and is guaranteed to become a holiday favorite! Don’t fancy yourself a singer? Don’t worry! Audience participation is only optional. Tickets are sold at the door; admission is $8 and children under 5 are admitted for free.
SUBA Rock Cave Christmas Parade – Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m.
Sponsored by Banks District Volunteer Fire Department and the Southern Upshur Business Association, the parade will begin at 1 p.m. in Rock Cave. Lineup is at noon at Rock Cave Elementary School.
Winter Wonderland Wagon Rides – Every Saturday, beginning Dec. 1 at 5 p.m.
On the first four Saturdays in December, hop a ride on the city’s Winter Wonderland Wagons, which will be providing tours of the city starting at Jawbone Park and traveling around town on two routes. Rides board from 5 to 9 p.m. at the park. Click here for more information.
Whisker Wonderland – Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m.
A fundraiser hosted by LUV 4 Animals and the Buckhannon Dog Park, Whisker Wonderland will take place from 6-9 p.m. at the 88 Restaurant & Lounge. Tickets are available on Eventbrite for $25 (early bird special).
Nutcracker Suite at the planetarium, Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.
The 40-seat planetarium is located on the second floor of Christopher Hall at West Virginia Wesleyan College is getting into the holiday spirit with a Nutcracker-themed program. Doors open 30 minutes before the show, and reservations are not required. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students/seniors, children under 18 free when accompanied by an adult.
Festival of Lessons and Carols – Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m.
Wesleyan’s annual Festival of Lessons and Carols, featuring the Wesleyan Singers, Concert Chorale, Concentus Vocum, Wesleyan Brass Quintet, and high school choral ensembles from West Virginia will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m. in Wesley Chapel. Carols will include arrangements by David Willcocks and Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata.
Downtown Buckhannon Christmas Parade – Friday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Come see Santa at the annual holiday parade sponsored by the Buckhannon Fire Department. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m., but lineup will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Complex. The parade will proceed down Madison Street, turn right on S. Locust Street, go right again on Main Street until it returns to Friendly Way.
Cinderella – Friday, Dec. 7 through Sunday, Dec. 9
The Augusta Youth Ballet Company presents Cinderella on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 at 7 p.m., and on Dec. 9 at 2 p.m., at the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College. Tickets available now online for $12 for adults and $6 for children.
These and many more events can be found on our calendar. Remember, you can add your own event for free, so please do!