Holiday Fun Fayetteville Things to Do


Looking for ideas of things to do during the holiday season? We have plenty of socially distanced holiday fun lined up. Let the holiday festivities begin by experiencing a winter getaway in the mountains. Downtown Fayetteville is glowing this holiday season. Our local shops are packed with special one of a kind locally made gifts and unique finds for all tastes. The holidays in Fayetteville will be a little different this year. Masks are required in all buildings as is social distancing.

1. Lights

The Fayetteville County Park’s Winter Wonderland of Lights is one of the area’s longest-running holiday celebrations with thousands of lights on display throughout the park. It is a magical experience for little ones and the whole family.

If you are looking to check out more light displays you can take a short drive from Fayetteville to Hawks Nest State Park where they go all out for the holidays. Continue heading north on route 19 to check out the displays at the Nicholas Veterans Memorial ParkSummersville. You can venture south and see Thurmond like you have never seen it before, all lit up for the holidays. Bundle up and take an evening stroll around this old coal town.

2. Bridge Walk

It’s a great time of the year to see the New River Gorge Bridge in its quiet sleep.

Call Bridge Walk at (304) 574-1300 or book online at to reserve your spot today. (closed Christmas Day)

3. Shopping

Out of the Ashes

Fayetteville has transformed into a winter wonderland and the town is decked out for the holidays. Downtown sparkles with Christmas lights strung. There is something special about mom and pop stores and grand holiday window displays. Enjoy a stroll through town and find unique one of kind gifts. Check out Fayetteville’s Holiday Shopping Guide for a little inspiration to help you with your last-minute shopping adventures.

4. Take a Hike

This is the perfect time of year to beat the crowds and enjoy spectacular views in the gorge. Stop by the visitor center and we will get you stared on a hiking adventure and supply the maps. Two of our favorite winter hikes are the Endless Wall Trail and Long Point Trail.

5. Virtual Production of the Gift of the Magi

We have fun you can enjoy from the comfort of your own couch. Reserve your tickets for Gift of the Magi presented by the Historic Fayette Theater. Tickets are just $5.

6. The Stache

Don’t let the cold keep you from enjoying ice cream from this unique ice cream shop that is open year-round. Feel like a kid in a candy shop and pick out last-minute stocking stuffers and toys. Unicorns! Flamingos! Hot Chocolate and more!

7. New Years Eve in Fayetteville

Fayetteville is the perfect place to spend your New Years’ with lots of delicious dining and cozy retreats. Take time to recharge with a secluded getaway. If wellness is a goal going into the new year we have you covered with New River Yoga Studio, Inner Radiance Medical Aesthetics, and Canyon Massage & Bodywork.

8. Fresh Wreaths & Trees

The Station Market has you covered with fresh wreaths from Crickmer Farms along with a bow station where you can add the finishing touches to your wreath. They also have a few Charlie Brown Christmas Trees that can be purchased by a donation to the New River Humane Society. Stop by the Hobbit Hole for all your vintage Christmas needs. Jen also sells locally foraged artisan wreaths.

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Jen Garvin at The Hobbit Hole

9.Enjoy a Brew by The Fire

The Freefolk Brewery has converted a large outdoor tent to allow for lots of spacious seating options. Stay toasty with heaters and warm up by one of their outdoor fire pits while enjoying your favorite brew.

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The Freefolk Brewery

10. Escape A Torium

The holidays are all about making memories together and an escape game is a great way to have fun together at the Escape A Torium. Be transported to another time, place, and reality. Find the clues, solve the challenges, and together you just might succeed! Hurry…time is ticking! All escape adventures are private so you will not be joined by other players. High touch surfaces are sanitized after every adventure and booking and waivers can be filled out in advance. Take on Revenge of the Misfit Toys, The Mothman, or The Secret Bunker in fun themed escapes.

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