POINT PLEASANT — Staff at the West Virginia State Farm Museum have been working since October to brighten up the museum for the holidays, and their work is almost done.
The museum’s four-million light Christmas Light Display and Drive Through will be up and running on December 13 and run through December 22, open nightly from 6-9 p.m.
Everything is decorated, including the antique tractors; all the buildings are lit up with Santas and stars and other Christmas-related shapes and colors. Free-standing light decorations and several Nativity scenes are also part of the attraction, which may be viewed on foot or by car.
Admission is free to the public, but donations are welcomed, a museum staff member said. All proceeds from donations are chanelled back into the operating costs of the facility.
Staff members said that Santa will be in the country store every night, with free hot chocolate and cookies.
This year, Creston Church will have a live Nativity Scene on the first night.
“They bring in a miniature donkey and carolers and they’re all dressed up,” said a staff member. “And on the following Friday the First Church of God will have a live Nativity scene as well.
Most of the farm buildings are currently closed for the season; during the warmer months its one-room schoolhouse, two cabins and two-storey pre-civil war house are open to give visitors a taste of life in earlier years. It boasts more than 30 buildings, including an old country doctor’s office, a taxidermy museum which dates back to the 1800s, and stuffed horse which at one point was the world’s largest.
According to Farm Museum Staff, decorating for the light display began immediately following the Country Fall Festival in October and will continue right up until the display opens from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7. The display and drive thru will be open during that same time on a nightly basis, through Monday, Dec. 17, and there is no charge for admission.
All of these buildings, as well as the former Point Pleasant Register office, have been decked out in full holiday gear.
“It just transforms the place,” said a staff member.
For more information on the farm museum, call 304-675-5737, or visit www.wvfarmmuseum.org.