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“Festival of Lights is Overrated”
Review of Oglebay Park

Oglebay Park
Ranked #3 of 39 things to do in Wheeling
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Owner description: A 1,500-acre municipal park with a hotel, a petting zoo, swimming pools, a planetarium and museums.
Reviewed 2 January 2018

Please don't go out of your way to visit the festival of lights! I've read about this attraction in a few different articles listing it among the best and even seen it on a television show. What were they thinking? In person, it was a huge let down. The displays cover a lot a ground which is how they can claim it is so big but we expected more lights. None of the lights were synchronized to music even thought they advertise a radio station to listen to on your drive. The part that disappointed us the most is that you could see 2/3 of the displays without paying (if you don't park). The signs lead you to the main entrance where you pay and get a parking pass. The attractions that you may choose to park and visit also charge a fee (we didn't stop at any of them). After you leave the main area the signs lead you out onto the main road where you can drive to two additional area that don't charge you. We felt ripped off.

Thank bearfest
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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

If you can stay while viewing the lights, do so! We've always had a clean and spacious room, and enjoyed the family entertainment.

Thank Karen G
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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

We Drove from Mansfield, Ohio to see this "Amazing Light Display." We were DISAPPOINTED!! There were not many lights and the steep 20$ donation was OVERRATED!! NEVER AGAIN!!! We had more fun at the FREE Stubenville, Ohio Nutcracker display that we hit up on our way back home.

Thank rosalanda w
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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit. The Festival of Lights was great. However, I didn’t love riding in the trolley to see them. It was really cold and the windows had a layer of ice that was hard to see through. Our guide on the tour, though, was great! I do think the resort area could have better signage. We had no idea where anything was and struggled to find things. We couldn’t get in to eat at either of the restaurants without a two hour wait, but the local restaurants we found were excellent.

Thank vacamom3
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Reviewed 27 December 2017

My wife and I ventured out of Ohio and crossed over to Oglebay Park to see the acclaimed Christmas light show. We signed up for the trolley ride about 2 hours ahead of time on a Wednesday night and seats were selling fast. We took the first ride out a 5:30 which was 15 minutes too early, we sat on the passenger side and it seemed like 70% of the displays were on the other side but we did catch some on the way back. There are so many displays the 45 minute ride is at tourist speed. The driver was knowledgeable and had many years of experience. We drove around later and felt we had a better view. In the middle of the display they have a booth set up like the turnpike asking for a hefty donation. The trolley driver stressed it was a DONATION and you could chose to give nothing or any amount you chose. The lights are truly worth a donation but $20 to $25 may be a bit steep.
We did not stay at the inn but did eat in the sports bar and enjoyed the buffet in the main dining room. I would recommend a latter trolley and staying at the Inn would allow you to take a much later drive around. Please be patient.

1  Thank David F
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