It's the most wonderful time of year! We are so excited to celebrate Christmas throughout Putnam County this month. From parades, to wreath classes, to church services, and more...there are so many ways to get in the holiday spirit throughout the month of December in Putnam County. Here is a list of some of the wonderful, festive events to help keep your spirits merry and bright:
Yuletide at the Park
Valley Park, Hurricane
Special events November 30-December 1
Lights Display November 30-December 26, 5:30-11pm
Visit Valley Park through November 30th through December 26th to enjoy a drive through their annual Christmas Lights Display from 5:30pm to 11pm each night. Putnam County Parks and Recreation has planned an exciting opening weekend for the annual Yuletide in the Park. On November 30th, they’ll have a tree lighting in the center courtyard at 5:30. Then, Putnam Princess Parties is hosting a Nightmare Before Christmas Party (tickets required: $15 children, $10 adult), and they’ll be showing the Nightmare Before Christmas movie ($3 adults, $1 children). On December 1st the Park is hosting photos with Santa, a live Nativity, horse and buggy rides ($1 per rider)(with Elsa and Anna for the first hour), a men’s chorus performance, Night Before Christmas reading with Santa, and they’ll be showing the Polar Express ($3 adults, $1 children). On December 2nd, you can attend the Celebration of Christmas service with Grace Life Church at Valley Park.
Letters to Santa in the City of Hurricane
At the Gazebo, Main Street, Hurricane
November 26-December 16th.
The City of Hurricane has placed a special postal box at the Gazebo on Main Street for sending Letters to Santa to the North Pole. Children can place their letter in the box with a self-addressed and stamped envelope, and Santa will reply with a special message!
Italian Grille Festival of Trees
Italian Grille, Putnam Village Plaza, Teays Valley
December 1-December 25th
Enjoy vintage and classic tree decor on display throughout December at Italian Grille. Dine with friends and family while surrounded by twinkling lights, color schemes of bygone days, and a variety of trees to help lift spirits.
Holiday Themed Play Dates & Kindermusik with So-Kai Kids Clubhouse
Be sure to check out Kindermusik at So-Kia Kids Clubhouse's Facebook page throughout the month for announcements about special Christmas and winter themed play dates & Kindermusik events. Enjoy special seasonal crafts, activities, and learning-based songs and dance.
West Teays Elementary 18th Annual PTO Craft Fair
Liberty Square, Teays Valley in the old Magic Mart
December 1, 9am-3pm
This year’s craft fair will include over 120 vendors featuring art, jewelry, clothing, candles, wreathes, wood signs, primitives, and much much more. Admission is free.
Fresh Wreath Workshop
The Putnam Market, Hurricane
December 1 at 6pm
Each attendee will receive a fresh greens wreath along with other materials (red berry sprigs, trimmings, ornaments, etc.) to design a custom Christmas wreath for their front door. Food & drinks and extra time for shopping will also be a part of this spectacular event. (Fee $65)
MOMs Club of Teays Valley Winter Movie Series
Valley Park Conference Center, Hurricane
December 3 & December 21 at 9:30am
Bring a blanket and snacks and watch The Polar Express (December 3) or Arthur Christmas (December 21) on the big screen in Valley Park's beautiful new conference center. The showings begin at 9:30am and the cost of admission is $5 per family. Note: On December 3, they will be collecting items for a toy drive. The admission fee will be waived (December 3 only) for families who bring an item to donate (new toys please). Hosted by MOMS Club of Teays Valley in partnership with The Official Putnam County Parks & Recreation Commission.
Ornament Door Hanger Painting
Rock Paper Sisters, Hurricane
December 4, 6:30-8:30pm
Join RPS for this fun painting workshop. You’ll receive an 18X18 wooden hanging ornament, and you’ll be provided stensils, paint, brushes, and everything to make your ornament uniquely yours! (Fee $35)
Live Wreath Workshop
Gritt’s Midway Greenhouse, Buffalo
December 6, 6-8pm
This workshop will include all items needed to create your wreath but you are welcome to bring any other items you would like to incorporate. They are also offering a Kissing Ball Class during their Live Wreath Workshop, where your child(ren) will get to make a special greenery Kissing Ball. They’ll also be playing a Christmas movie and serving light refreshments and snacks for the kids. Must be 4 years or older. (Wreath Class Tickets $50. Kissing Ball Tickets $10.)
Paint & Praise Christmas Edition
Winfield United Methodist Church
December 6, 6-8pm
Enjoy fellowship while painting your very own baby Jesus in a manger masterpiece! No experience necessary. Fee includes art supplies and instruction. (Fee $20.)
The Nativity performed by the Macholah Ballet
Mount Vernon Baptist Church
December 7 & 8, 7-8pm
Enjoy the story of the Nativity and the birth of Jesus told through classical ballet, featuring tasteful costuming, uplifting music, touching choreography and a team of ministry-minded dancers. Admission is free.
City of Hurricane Christmas Parade and Victorian Christmas
Main Street, Hurricane
December 8, Victorian Christmas Activities 1-3pm, Parade 4pm
Enjoy Victorian-themed Christmas activities from 1-3 pm to celebrate the City's 130th year (1888-2018)! Activities include horse & carriage rides, strolling Victorian Christmas carolers, card making, a Victorian photo booth, and an interactive reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Visit the Facebook event page for event details and locations. The City's parade, beginning at 4pm, will kick off at First Baptist Church on Main Street and end at Hurricane Middle School. Then, Santa will join everyone back at the Gazebo on Main Street to greet any children who would like to meet him!!
Paint Your Own Frosty Welcome Sign
Area 34 with Uncork and Create
December 8, 7-9pm
Create your own “Frosty Welcome” wood sign. No experience necessary. All materials provided with instruction. Bring your own beverages and snacks. Sign up at uncorkandcreate.com. (Fee $45.)
Hayrides with Santa
Various Locations in Hurricane
December 10, 11, & 12, 6-8pm
Catch a hayride with Santa hosted by the Hurricane Fire Department. Locations rotate starting with Monday's ride at Hurricane Town Elementary, Tuesday at Conner Street Elementary, and Wednesday on Main Street.
Walk Thru Bethlehem
Hometown Independent Mission Church
December 12th-December 14th, 6-9pm
December 15th, 5:30-9:30pm
This is one of the most popular events of the year in Putnam County. In this interactive walk-through experience you'll see first century Bethlehem as you explore over two dozen authentic shops. Talk to shepherds and towns people. Watch a black smith, a potter, and bakers. See a shepherd tend to animals. Visit the newborn King in the manger. This is an outdoor event. Lines can be long (over 6,000 people visited last year), so dress warm.
Baking Sprits Bright
Putnam County Library-Main Branch, Teays Valley
December 13, 5-7pm
Join the Putnam County Library for a night with special events for kids and adults, all centered around the sweet treats we like to enjoy this time of year. Adults are encouraged to bring in pre-decorated gingerbread houses between Monday and the beginning of the event. Gingerbread houses will be judged and a winner will be declared. Children in attendance will be allowed to decorate their own gingerbread cookie with supplies provided. These will not be judged, simply eaten.
Drive through Live Nativity and Cocoa
Hurricane First Church of the Nazarene
December 14, 6-9pm
Fun for the whole family. Enjoy a cozy and warm drive through their live Nativity and some yummy hot cocoa.
Winfield Volunteer Fire Department Breakfast with Santa & Christmas Parade
December 15, Breakfast 8-11am, Parade 7pm
Santa will be stopping by the station in the morning for breakfast (including pancakes, sausage, juice, milk, coffee, and water), and he'll be sticking around for pictures (with your own devices). Breakfast tickets are $5 per person. Then in the afternoon, come experience this Christmas parade through the town of Winfield. Then join Santa immediately afterward at the Winfield Fire Department for cookies and hot cocoa. Also, check out WVFD's facebook page for a schedule of Santa visits to various Winfield neighborhoods in December.
Festive Holiday Centerpiece Workshop
The Putnam Market, Hurricane
December 16, 6-8pm
Don’t miss this evening workshop where they will be creating a festive, seasonal centerpiece for your holiday party, or to give to a friend as a hostess gift. This event will be sure to get everyone in the spirit - food & drinks will be provided, and it will be the perfect opportunity to stock up on your favorite items and last minute gifts from The Putnam Market.
Eleanor Volunteer Fire Department Christmas Parade
December 22, 7pm
You’re sure to enjoy this fun, festive annual parade in Eleanor!
Special Church Services
Many local churches are planning special Christmas services and performances, such as Christmas Sunday Nights at Teays Valley Presbyterian Church (December 2, 9, & 16), 13th Annual Christmas in the Valley at Teays Valley Nazarene Church (December 2), a Christmas Night of Worship at River Ridge Church-Teays Valley (December 7), a Christmas Concert at St. John’s United Methodist (December 19), a Birthday Party for Jesus at Winfield United Methodist (December 19), and a Christmas Eve Service at The Depot Church (December 24th). Check with the local church of your choice to find a great way to celebrate this season.
Celebrate New Year's Eve in Putnam County at the...
Bling in 2019 Black & White Ball
Valley Park, Hurricane
December 31, 8pm-1am
You're invited to "bling" in the new year with style at this black and white ball brought to you by Putnam County Parks & Recreation and The Lead Group. "Bling in 2019" is a premier gala style event complete with food, drinks, music, dancing, and more with proceeds benefitting The Lead Group Foundation and The Friends of the Park Foundation! They will roll out the purple carpet at the Valley Park Conference Center complete with Oscar style photo ops at 8pm where every attendee will receive a swag bag upon arrival. Heavy hors d’oeuvres featuring "The Taste of Putnam County", specialty cash bars, and dancing will begin at 9pm. Bravo Live DJ will be rockin' the dance floor playing 70s to today! Also, make sure to stick around until midnight for the balloon drop and champagne toast to 2019! Tickets available now! Must be 21 or over to purchase a ticket.
Shop Small Saturday is November 24th, 2018 and there are so many great small businesses where you can Shop Small in Putnam, WV. Whether you decide to spend a morning strolling down Main Street in Hurricane, or you visit the many small businesses sprinkled throughout Putnam County, your purchase on Shop Small Saturday strengthens our community, builds our local economy, and encourages and supports a local, hard working, passionate small business owner. You can learn more about some of Putnam County’s great small businesses in our shopping directory on our website at this link: www.visitputnamwv.com/shopping. Several local small businesses are offering great deals, specials, and inventory this Saturday, and below are some highlights of their offerings:
Yeager Design and Interiors
168 Great Teays Boulevard, Scott Depot
You’ll find so much inspiration for your home at YDI. We like to say, it’s like your favorite Pinterest board in real life! Visit them this Saturday for 15% off upholstery, 12% of hanging lights and lamps, 15% off case goods, 12% off accessories and Christmas décor, 20% off rugs, and an additional 25% off clearance and Christmas clearance.
2825 Main Street, Hurricane
This is the perfect place to find a gift for just about anyone, and you’ll probably find something for yourself while you’re there. They offer home goods, apparel, and gifts from a wide variety of your favorite brands. Visit them Saturday for these specials: Purchase a Spartina handbag and take 40% off a wallet, Free $88 tote with $100 purchase of a full priced Vera Bradley while supplies last; Wind and Fire bangle bracelets-Buy 2, get one free; 10% off Christmas ornaments; 20% off Simply Southern sherpa pullovers; and enter to win Small Business Saturday door prizes!
Hidden Creek Mercantile & Copper Room
2803 Main Street, Hurricane
If local handmade gifts, art, jewelry and apparel is on your shopping list, then this shop is a must visit! You can start your Shop Small Saturday at their Mixed Morning Flow yoga class at 9am or grab a yummy lunch in their eatery while you’re there. They’ll be offering these specials: Get $10 off with every $50 you buy in their retail shop (excluding wall art and prints); and, get 10% off wall art and prints.
The Putnam Market
3550 Teays Valley Road, Suite #4, Hurricane
This floral, fine goods, and gifts boutique is a true gem. They change their stock regularly, so you’ll always find something new and unique at The Putnam Market. We’ve found some of our favorite specialty food spices and mixes, locally baked goods, home décor, candles, jewelry, apparel, and more at The Putnam Market. They’ll be extending a special of 10% off any purchase for their Shop Small Saturday customers.
Sports Fanz WV
Saturday, 11am to 7pm
105 Liberty Square, Hurricane
If you have a sports fan on your list, you’ll definitely find the perfect gift at Sports Fanz WV. This is THE place to find Marshall and WVU gifts and apparel, and many other sports team items are in stock too. They’ll be offering 20% off Press Virginia shirts, 20% off all framed autographs, and a $4.99 Black Friday/Small Business Saturday super sale rack. Plus they are having a great online sale with free shipping on $49.99 or more, 10% off $29.99 or more (with code SAVE10), and 15% off $69.99 or more (with code SAVE15).
Rock Paper Sisters
Friday at 8am until 11:59 on Cyber Monday
Online Sale (Shop is on Dudding Avenue in Hurricane)
You won’t even have to leave home to shop small and support this great local business Saturday. Rock Paper Sisters is an amazing custom invitation and stationary shop, and also offer beautiful custom prints and adorable custom graphic apparel. Visit their website to find new apparel, coffee mugs, gift labels, envelope seals, prints and more this weekend. They’ll offer free shipping for all orders, and the first 10 to purchase will receive all five of their featured downloadables free with their order! www.rockpapersis.com
Kindermusik at So-Kai Kids Clubhouse
Online Gift Card Sale through 12/1
Classes in Scott Depot & Winfield
Offering Kindermusik and kids’ arts and crafts play dates, this small business helps kids learn and create while creating great memories with their parents, relatives, and caretakers. They are offering a gift card special on their website at www.sokaiunlimited.com. You can get a $30 gift card for only $25 good for any of their classes.
JP Owens Art
Online Sale through Cyber Monday
We are big fans of local artist, JP Owens. You will probably recognize his great WV themed creations, including an intricate mountaineer or bison. We have commissioned multiple custom JP Owens pieces for projects here at the CVB. He is offering 10% off his online store this weekend, so pick up some of his art at www.etsy.com/shop/jpowensart.
Offer Valid 11/23-12/24
17 Putnam Village Shopping Center, Hurricane
All that shopping small is sure to leave you hungry! Stop by Italian Grille for some delicious Italian cuisine-pizza, chicken alfredo, spaghetti, lasagna, desserts, and more. While you’re there pick up an Italian Grille gift card for someone on your list. They are offering a $10 reward card for every $50 gift card purchased.
***Black Friday Special!***
If you're reading this in time, we wanted to also let you know that Waves of Fun is offing a great Black Friday special on season passes that ends 11/23 at 6pm. You can check out that special on the Putnam County Parks and Recreation Facebook page here: Waves of Fun Season Pass Sale.
Whether you need some me-time, a girls night, a guys night, or a date night there are plenty of activities that would be the perfect night (or afternoon) out in Putnam County this month! Check out the events bellows for some fun things to do.
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Chris August and Citizens Way Concert
Teays Valley Church of God
November 2, 2018 at 8pm
Enjoy a night of music, worship, and fellowship with Chris August and Citizens Way at the Hope for All Seasons tour. The concert begins at 8pm and tickets are $20 at the door.
Putnam County Craft Beer Festival
Sleepy Hollow Country Club
November 3, 2018 from Noon to 4pm
Join Sleepy Hollow Country Club for a day of live music, food trucks, arts, crafts and craft brews from West Virginia and the surrounding regions. General admission tickets are $28 and are available online and at the door. Admission is age 21+
November 3rd from 3pm to 7pm
Gritt’s Fall Fun Farm is hosting a final night at the farm for adults 21+ ONLY! Smash pumpkins and enjoy the attractions of the farm (corn bins, slide mountain, apple cannons, corn mazes and so much more!) Tickets include a BBQ dinner and 3 drink tickets. Fire pits, corn hole, live music and blowing steam with smashing pumpkins every way imaginable are all on the agenda. Tickets are available at the door ($50) or special shuttle bus tickets are available from Huntington and Charleston online ($70).
Putnam Bridal Expo
Valley Park Conference Center
November 4th from Noon to 4pm
This is the premier event for engaged couples and bridal parties to attend this fall! Brides will be entered to win hundreds of dollars in prizes! In addition to vendor exhibits, the Putnam Bridal Expo will feature a fashion show (3pm). Ten brides will be chosen to participate in a Cake Dive brought to you by Calvin Broyles Jewelers and The Purple Onion! VIP Tickets are available online for $20 and include brunch and early admission (10am early admission). General admission (12pm-4pm) tickets are available at the door ($5).
Art Outside the Walls
Valley Park Conference Center
November 9th from 6pm to 8pm
A community art show featuring talented artists from Putnam County and surrounding communities. Enjoy an evening of live music, refreshments, and supporting the local arts community. Admission is free.
Ron Deal Step Family Conference
River Ridge Church-Teays Valley
November 9th & 10th
A two-part conference lead by Ron Deal designed to help blended families succeed. This is open to couples (married and engaged) who are forming blended families, but also to grandparents, other relatives, pastors, and other caregivers who want to help build up blended families. The conference is primarily directed to stepfamilies, but the principles may be applied to adoptive and foster families as well. Times are Friday, Nov 9, 7-9:30 pm and Saturday, Nov 10, 8:30 am-1:00 pm. Register online…Registration is free. Conference workbook is $9.
Painting on Silk with Teresa Gail Designs
At Hidden Creek Mercantile & The Copper Room
November 10, 11am-4pm
Leave your cares at the door, bring a friend, and celebrate creativity. You will leave with a beautiful scarf you hand painted yourself. $65 per student includes supplies.
The Speakeasy 2018 Pace Fundraiser
Valley Park Conference Center
November 10th 7pm to 10pm
Celebrate the Roaring 20s with a Speakeasy-themed event at Valley Park Conference Center. Enjoy dueling pianos, a magician, caricature artist, art auction, silent auction, dinner and dancing. All proceeds go to the newly formed Putnam Area Community Enrichment (PACE) Foundation, and this event's profits will benefit Putnam County art teachers and arts programs for children served by NECCO. Tickets are $50.
“Murder at the USO” Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Valley Park Conference Center
November 16th at 7pm
The Murder Merriment Company will put on the show “Murder at the USO” while you enjoy a delicious dinner at Valley Park’s new conference center. They need your help with this investigation so call to reserve your spot. Tickets are $49.99.
Thanksgiving Table Garland Workshop
The Putnam Market
November 18th at 6pm
Each attendee will be given the materials needed to assemble a beautiful greenery garland swag to be used on the dining table at their Thanksgiving gathering - and if not hosting a dinner, this swag would be the perfect mantle decoration! Event will also include complimentary light bites & plenty of time for shopping. Tickets are $65.
Paint Your Own Art-Light Up Christmas Tree Truck
With Uncork & Create at Area 34
November 23rd at 7pm
Create your own customized light up Christmas tree truck on canvas! Choose your own paint colors. No experience necessary. All materials provided. Bring your own beverages and snacks! Create beautiful art while you make beautiful memories. Fee is $45 per seat and includes supplies.