Fayetteville’s Gingerbread Festival

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Date(s) - December 2, 2022 - December 4, 2022
All Day

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Nestled in the picturesque mountains of West Virginia you can step back in time and enjoy Fayetteville’s Gingerbread Festival! Fayetteville gets all dolled up for the holidays celebrating with true small-town flair. Escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays and enjoy a getaway with your family. You can shop small and enjoy strolling around historic downtown as the town is transformed into a candy land with gingerbread decor throughout town. Enjoy the Hansel & Gretel Trail with gingerbread-themed stops through town. The Festivities kick off on December 3rd with fun lined up through Saturday. Have breakfast with Santa at Cathedral Café. Enjoy more holiday shopping with the Fayetteville Women’s Club’s Christmas Craft show with over 50 craft vendors.  The Fayetteville Arts Coalition will be hosting a Holiday Sampler showcasing the many talented artists that call Fayetteville home. Watch Christmas characters come to life Saturday with Fayetteville’s Christmas Parade.  Santa will be riding into town in style with the parade. Visit with Santa and his elves on Saturday and enjoy cookie decorating, a craft,  Storytime, hot cocoa, write letters to Santa and much more! We will be hosting our 3rd Annual Gingerbread Decorating Contest. Gingerbread entries will be on display for voting during the festival. The Gingerbread contest is open to all ages and all skill levels. The Lincoln County Cloggers will be joining us this year to perform at the festival. We will have food trucks set up downtown and firepits for smores.

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Gingerbread Contest

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Get your bake on in this year’s gingerbread competition. We will have cash prizes and categories for youth and adults. Drop your creations off at Fayetteville Town Hall Friday December 2nd from 8am-4pm. Gingerbread will be on display Friday and Saturday. Voting will take place on Saturday. Pick up Gingerbread displays at 5pm on Saturday or Monday from 8am-4pm.  To sign up call 304-574-1500 or email tabitha@visitfayettevillewv.com


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Christmas Parade

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Join us in the Christmas Parade. Line up is at 4pm at Fayetteville PK-8 and parade starts at 5pm. The parade will come down Maple Ave from the school.

Stay tuned for an updated schedule and Hansel and Gretel Gingerbread Trail Stops through town

Christmas Tree Lighting

Free Blue and White Christmas Baubles Stock Photo

Following the parade, the community chorus will perform during the tree lighting ceremony. This year we invite folks to bring an ornament from home to add to our town tree.

The Magical Gingerbread House

West Virginia Author Dr. Linda McCallister will be set up with copies of “The Magical Gingerbread House” books for sale. The story of The Magical Gingerbread House is meant to encourage children to learn for the sake of learning.


Gingerbread Trail Stops

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In addition to all the festival fun there will be lots of Christmas open houses, sales and treats in the shops throughout town.

Fayetteville CVB- Information & Candy Canes

Enjoyed Again- 20% Storewide Sale and treats

Wisteria Gifts- Christmas Open House & Sales or Gift with Purchase

Love Hope Center for the Arts -Holiday Art Sampler

Water Stone Outdoors- Treats

Memorial Building- Women’s Club Christmas Craft Show

The Freefolk Brewery – Gingerbread Ale available to purchase and gingerbread cookies

– Fayetteville Town Hall- Gingerbread Displays

Court Street in front of Courthouse – Vendors, Gingerbread Festivities:

Letters to Santa, Hot Chocolate, Craft

Out of the Ashes- Snacks, Cider, Sales, and Giveaway

Maggie’s Pub Holiday Themed Drinks for Purchase

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building – Christmas Craft Show

Ben Franklin- Christmas Open House

Cathedral Café- Breakfast with Santa

Southside Junction Tap House-TBA

Lost Appalachia Trading Co- Gingerbread, Cocoa and Muffins

Escape-A-Torium-Revenge of the Misfit Toys Escape Room Tickets Available for Purchase

Thread – Santa Will be Visiting at Noon and Mini Photo Session Booth

D & K Collectibles -Festival Sale

Adventure Station – Christmas Open House

The Stache- Christmas Open House and 10% gift Certificates

Winter Wonderland Fun Run/Walk

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The Winter Wonderland Fun Run/Walk is a family friendly way to get active enjoying the light display at Fayette County Park. This is not a race! You can go at your own pace and make as many running or walking laps around the light display as you like (5 laps equals a 5K distance). This is stroller friendly and ages 6 and under get in free. No pets allowed, except service animals.
This is a fundraiser for Active SWV and the Fayette County Park. The event is $10 per person (cash or check), but ages 6 and under are free. The first 50 cars at the gate at 4:45pm will receive a participant gift box. No reservations needed.
Wear your ugly sweaters! Get in character and secret judges will be checking out all the outfits. Awards will be presented and the opportunity for photos.
This is how the event will be set up:
– Arrive at the park gate by 4:45pm and wait in your cars to enter the park. The park attendant will collect the $10 per person as you pass by the gate and pass out gift packages. The gate will be closed from 5pm-6pm.
– Parking is available by the canteen and the pool area. .
– Check in at the dining hall and be sure to let us know if you are participating in the Ugly Sweater contest (or if you’re regular attire could be confused as an ugly sweater). Watch for cars still coming in to the park.
– The Fun Run/Walk is set to start at 5:00pm. The gate will be closed from 5pm-6pm for the safety of the runners and walkers.
– Have fun! Enjoy the lights and costumes. Flashlights and headlamps are encouraged.
– Return to the dining hall at 5:50 for the Ugly Sweater run way contest.
– Do not move your cars until 6pm. If you finish early, please wait until 6pm to move your car.
– When the gate opens at 6pm, the vehicles waiting to enter the light show will be let in first so there is room on the one lane road for cars to exit.
Post your photos and follow this hashtag #activeswv for the Ugly Sweater winners!

Holiday Arts Sampler

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Enjoy Pottery by Julie Winegard, Stain glass & Jewelry by Stephanie Danz, also Jewelry by Ringing Rocks Mint, Bev Hall, and Trey Swartz. Photography by Randal Sanger, Woodwork by Avrim & Andrew Adkins, Wood Sculpture by Nathan Tweeddale, Weavings by Elena Fouch-Watson (Lonely Mountain Designs) and Dave Mele with prints and fabric art!