DECEMBER 2019 (updated 12/5/19)
PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE
LABELLE THEATER in South Charleston
MALEFICENT (Movies $4 or less – Fri 7pm, Sat 3pm & 7pm, Sun 3pm)
FLORALEE HARK COHEN CINEMA at Taylor Books
DOWNTOWN 81, FIDDLIN’, CHESHIRE OHIO, IN TUNE: A COMMUNITY OF MUSICIALS,
LINDA RONDSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE,
CLAY CENTER PLANETARIUM & THEATER
COSMIC ADVENTURE, PANDAS, SUPERPOWER DOGS, COUNTRY ROADS, HUMPBACK WHALES,
Enjoy some live music around town!
- DEM 2 BROTHERS @ 6:00 – SOMETHING SPECIAL
- GONZOBURGER @ 6:30pm – BROOK A. BROWN
- BRIDGE ROAD BISTRO @ 6:30pm – DANIELLE & STEVE
- BLUE GRASS KITCHEN @ 7pm – THE WILD ONES
- ROCK CITY CAKE COMPANY @ 8pm – BIG SOMETHING with the TANGLED ROOTS
- ELKVIEW COMMUNITY CENTER @ 7pm – NO REGRETS
- TAYLOR BOOKS @ 7:30pm – RONALD & THE RAYGUNZ
- BLUE GRASS KITCHEN @ 7pm – THE SPENCER ELLIOTT TRIO
- MARMET REC CENTER @ 7pm – NO REGRETS
- TAYLOR BOOKS @ 7:30pm – ROGER RABALAIS
- SAM’S UPTOWN CAFÉ @ 9pm – THE SWIVEL ROCKERS
- EMPTY GLASS @ 10pm – HURL BRICKBAT
- EMPTY GLASS @ 10pm – ESSIE RIDDLE
- BLUEGRASS KITCHEN @ 7pm – JEFFREY THOMASSON
- BLUE GRASS KITCHEN @ 7pm – BLUE YONDER
- TAYLOR BOOKS @ 6pm – SONGWRITER STAGE
- BRIDGE ROAD BISTRO @ 7pm – RYAN KENNEDY & FRIENDS
- BLUE GRASS KITCHEN @ 7pm – OPEN MIC with SEAN RICHARDSON
Now-1/3/20: This holiday season, host a shelter pup in your home during Kanawha Charleston Humane Association’s HOLIDAY PAW-JAMA PARTY! Pick up a dog to foster and keep it for as long or as little as you’d like through Friday, January 3. To get more info contact [email protected].
Kanawha Charleston Humane Association puppies and kittens need our help! They are running low on PUPPY CHOW AND KITTEN CHOW. Would you like to help them out? They use Purina Chow brands for both because they’ve found sticking to the same food keeps their little bellies happy! Here are two easy ways to give: Order online & have the food shipped to KCHA @ 1248 Greenbrier Street, Charleston, WV 25311… or drop it off in person at the shelter on Greenbrier Street! (While you’re there, you can take a tour and see what all your shelter does in a day. Staff members will be glad to show you around!) They appreciate our help and the pups will be wagging their tails in thanks!
Now-12/25: Enjoy FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS at St. Albans City Park! The Festival is open now through Christmas!
Now-12/31: Always brilliantly lit, enjoy driving through the LIGHTS OF COONSKIN in Charleston at Coonskin Park. The drive-thru display runs 5-9pm through December 31st.
Thurs-Sun, 12/5-12/8: First Presbyterian Church of Charleston presents their annual Fair Trade Boutique HOPE VILLAGE in time for the Christmas season. Hope Village offers unique items from around the world, including candles, jewelry, scarves, clothing, African baskets, olive oil, home and children’s items and much more. The organizations represented at Hope Vilage employ and sustain refugees, women and children brought out of sex trafficking and international artisans living in poverty. The church does not profit from this event, as proceeds are returned to the organizations represented in Hope Village. Hope Village is located on the 1st floor of First Presbyterian Church, 16 Leon Sullivan Way in Charleston. Open Thurs-Sat 10am-3pm & Sun 11:30am-1pm. Get more information at FirstPresby.com/Hope-Village.
Fri-Sun, 12/6-12/8: The Contemporary Youth Arts Company presents the 23rd Annual production of Mark Scarpelli and Dan Kehde’s seasonal performance of MARY, the story of the 9 months prior to the birth of Jesus, as seen through the eyes of Mary. Accompanied by a large orchestra and chorus, “Mary” has become a tradition in the Kanawha Valley. See the show at the Elk City Playhouse, 218 Washington Street West in Charleston. Friday @ 7pm, Saturday at 2pm & 7pm, Sunday @ 2pm. Tickets are $8 students & $15 adults.
Fri, 12/6: The City of Dunbar presents its 22nd Annual NIGHT TIME CHRISTMAS PARADE. Line-up begins at 6pm on the Dunbar Shopping Plaza parking lot and the parade will start at 7pm. The parade route will follow north on 10th Street, east on Dunbar Ave, south on 16th Street and west on Myers Avenue until the parade reaches Dunbar City Hall at 12th Street.
Fri, 12/6: The City of Dunbar presents the CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY following the Christmas Parade. Hot chocolate will be served with Santa at City Hall during the ceremony. The lighting will begin at approximately 7:45 when Santa arrives. The ceremony will consist of statements by the Mayor, a Christmas prayer, carolers from area churches, and the lighting of the tree by the Parade Grand Marshals. Also pictures may be taken with Santa Claus.
Fri-Sat, 12/6-12/7: Enjoy the 7th annual RIVER ARTS SHOW at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 520 Kanawha Blvd West. It’s a warm welcoming atmosphere akin to a Moroccan Bazaar. There will be artists in many mediums, music on the hour, finger foods and wine on Friday evening and light lunchables on Saturday. Childcare is offered on Friday evening, along with craft activities on Saturday. Admission of $3 includes a raffle ticket to win some of the artists’ work.
Sat, 12/7: The City of Charleston is excited to host a fall TEAM UP TO CLEAN UP event on Saturday! Three stations around the city will have bags, gloves and other litter pick-up supplies. Stop by Haddad Riverfront Park, City National Bank in Kanawha City, or the North Charleston Community Center between 9am and 1pm. to pick up everything you need to clean up your community before the holiday season!
Sat, 12/7: It’s CHRISTMAS IN APPALACHIA @ 7:30pm at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center, with Chosen Road, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Johnny Staats, the Delivery Boys, and more! Tickets $15 and $20.
Sat, 12/7: It’s the SOUTH CHARLESTON CHRISTMAS PARADE, 12-1pm, starting at D Street.
Sat, 12/7: Edgewood Summit’s Annual SANTA’S WORKSHOP & HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE is the place to find one-of-a-kind treasures. Local vendors will be on hand to offer a wide assortment of gifts and crafts. Kids can visit with Santa while you shop. (Santa will be onside 11am-1pm.) There will also be live entertainment and the Courtyard Café will be open for lunch. 10am-2pm at Edgewood Summit, 300 Baker Lane in Charleston.
Sat, 12/7: It’s a SISSONVILLE COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS! Breakfast with Santa at Sissonville High School, along with a Craft Fair, music and lots of free and fun activities for the whole family. The Christmas Parade kicks off at 5:30pm. Christmas Carols at the Sissonville Library and Community Christmas Tree Lighting at 8pm.
Sat, 12/7: Join Capitol Market for a MAGICAL MORNING WITH SANTA! Mr. Claus will be making the long journey from the North Pole to Capitol Market on Saturday, 9:30-11:30am. Bring your children, and children-at-heart, to pass on Christmas lists, snap photos, and see Capitol Market in all its holiday glory. The market’s favorite coffee shop, Mea Cuppa, will provide children with free cocoa as they prepare to meet Santa!
Sat, 12/7: Campbell’s Creek Lions Club is having PANCAKES WITH SANTA at Coal fork Methodist Church activity building, 7-11am.
Sat, 12/7: It’s the 2nd annual CAMPBELL’S CREEK CHRISTMAS BAZAAR behind the ball field at Fairhaven Baptist Church Gym, 988 Fairhaven Dr., Charleston. There will be direct sells and crafters, food and drinks. Santa will be taking pictures. Everyone welcome!
Sat, 12/7: The WEST VIRGINIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA presents “Sounds of the Season” in the Maier Performance Hall at the Clay Center at 7:30. Enjoy an evening of holiday music and fellowship under the direction of Guest Conductor Michelle Merrill. This concert includes a visit from you know who! Tickets start at $12 and are available at WVsymphony.org or by calling 304.561.3570.
Sat, 12/7: Marianne Gettman will lead an INNER LISTENING CLASS at 10:30 am at Unity of Kanawha Valley at the corner of Bridge Road in South Hills. The class consists of mindful breathing exercises, stretching, meditations, and Qigong Flow. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the most relaxing 90 minutes of your day for some wonderful self-care. The cost? Whatever you desire to donate.
Sat, 12/7: Visit the historic GLENWOOD OPEN HOUSE. This lovely West Side home has been the residence of several notable Charleston families… the Quarriers, Summers, and Laidley families. It’s chock full of original furnishings and artifacts. The house is at the corner of Park Ave & Orchard St across from Stonewall Jackson Middle School.
Sat, 12/7: The Mid Ohio Valley Ringers hand-bell group are having a free CHRISTMAS CONCERT at 4pm at Dunbar United Methodist Church.
Sat, 12/7: The Methodist Men of the First United Methodist Church in South Charleston (905 Glendale Avenue) will host a COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 9-11am in the church social hall. All donations will benefit the Heart+Hand Toy Fund.
Sat, 12/7: Mountain View Elementary School in Hurricane will host a COOKIES WITH SANTA fundraiser for a special needs and autism field trip, 9am-12pm. There will be cookies and hot cocoa. Pictures with Santa will be $5 and you’ll get a code to download and print as many as you’d like. Basket raffles include a variety of items from gift cards to jewelry, makeup, pet items, craft, essential oils and much more at $1 each. The Kindergarten Kids will be performing Christmas Carols at 10:30am. Bring the kids out for Christmas fun and help the autism and special needs students raise money for their Spring field trip!
Sat, 12/7: Tyler Mountain Volunteer Fire Department, 5380 Big Tyler Road in Cross Lanes, will hold a FIRST AID & CPR CLASS. The cost of the class is $40, with all proceeds going to support the Fire Department. Upon completion of the class, participants will be certified for 2 years. Pre-registration is recommended, but not required. (More info at 304.776.7963 or visit their page on Facebook.)
Sat, 12/7: Join Kanawha Charleston Humane Association at the Southridge Petco for PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA! Donations of $9.95 directly support their life-saving shelter. Photo session from 1-4pm.
Sat, 12/7: Hayes Middle School is having a HOLIDAY BAZAAR from 10am-3pm. There will be local vendors and crafters. Come find some fun holiday gifts! The school is 830 Strawberry Road in St. Albans.
Sun, 12/8: Kanawha Charleston Humane Association is hosting a PET ADOPTION EVENT at Petco in Southridge from 12-2pm. Pets brighten our lives, so let’s save theirs! Adopt a new best friend!
Sat-Sun, 12/7-12/8: Visit the annual CRAIG PATTON OPEN HOUSE. A true gem, this lovely historic house was built in 1834, by the grandson of President George Washington’s physician and friend. Enjoy a tour of this always beautifully decorated house for the Christmas season. The house is at 2809 Kanawha Blvd E in Charleston, behind the Moose Lodge and before the Boy Scouts building & Daniel Boone Park.
Sat-Sun: 12/7-12/8: Special Olympics West Virginia will participate in the 2019 STATE BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIP in the Charleston Area, Sat @ 8am thru Sun @ 5pm. The event will take place between two locations: Galaxy Lanes and Towne ‘n Country Lanes. Although bowling does not belong to the Olympic sports, it is among the most popular sports in Special Olympics. It is a particularly beneficial sport to people with intellectual disabilities, irrespective of their age or sports abilities, since it ensures physical exercise and at the same time participation and social integration. Plus it’s great fun!
Sun, 12/8: The KANAWHA TRAIL CLUB hikes a different area every Sunday. This week’s hike will be at Little Creek Park and explore Trace Fork Canyon. The hike is 4-1/2 miles, with a shorter 3 mile trail available. Everyone’s invited to enjoy the outdoors with this group. Have fun, get some exercise, and meet new friends! To car pool, meet at the parking lot at the corner of Ohio & Randolph Streets across from Sherwin Williams at 1:30. Check out upcoming hikes and get more info at KanawhaTrailClub.org.
Mon, 12/9: It’s CIRQUE MUSICA presenting “Holiday Wishes” featuring the world-renowned cast of Cirque Musica with holiday hits, all performed live by a full symphony orchestra. 7:30pm at the Keith Albee Theater in Huntington.
Tue, 12/10: Christmas Trees will be on display during the JOYFUL NIGHT CELEBRATION at 6pm on the State Capitol campus. Governor Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice will ceremonially light the Canaan Fir during the event. This is free to the public.
Every MONDAY in November: DINING WITH DIABETES is a free Cooking School for people with diabetes. Recipes, tastings, and door prizes will be held at the Family Care Health Center, 116 Hills Plaza, Charleston. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required – call 304.720.4851, ext. 8131.
Every MONDAY: Are you or someone you know dealing with hurts, habits, hang-ups? There is hope! CELEBRATE RECOVERY meets every Monday at River Ridge Church, 2090 Greenbrier St, Charleston at 6:30pm. A free meal is provided at 5:30pm. Child care is available.
Each MONDAY at St. Timothy’s in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, the GABRIEL PROJECT STORE is open from 12noon-2pm, with free items including baby clothes, diapers, formula, referrals for car seats & cribs, and assistance for parents & grandparents of children newborn-age 2. Every Monday from 5:30-6:15pm, a free dinner is served. The weekly menu and more info are posted on the church’s Feed Putnam Facebook page. The church is at 3434 Teays Valley Rd in Hurricane. More info at 304.562-9325.
Every TUESDAY: Mindful Heart Yoga offers a FREE YOGA CLASS at 6:30pm at 622 Kanawha Blvd W, in the Seventh Day Adventist school building.
Every TUESDAY, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, 314 Donnally St, Charleston, offers STRENGTH TRAINING FOR SENIORS, 12:30-2:30pm. There is no cost for the sessions. Register at the door. For more info, contact [email protected] or 304.348.6404.
Each WEDNESDAY: Unity of Kanawha Valley, 804 Myrtle Road, Charleston, is home to WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS at 6:30pm. These circles offer holistic methods for healing and wholeness. No registration is required and all classes are offered on a love offering basis. This Wednesday: Megan Lyon will lead a Global Peace Affirmative Prayer Circle. Everyone is welcome. More info at [email protected].
3rd THURSDAY of each month: The KANAWHA COUNTY FARM BUREAU, promoting agriculture in the county with information and special speakers, meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30pm at Marantha Baptist Church in Sissonville.
1st & 3rd FRIDAY of each month: Cross Lanes United Methodist Church women have opened their BABY LOVE PANTRY, providing free diapers (sizes newborn to 6) and wipes to those families who need a little extra help. Formula will be offered when available. There are no income restrictions. All that is required is proof that the child you are getting products for, belongs to that person. The Baby Love Pantry will be open the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 10am-12noon. Supplies will only be given during these times. Enter through the church lower parking lot doors. For more info, call Suellen at 304.415.3194.
Every SATURDAY: The CHARLESTON PARKRUN happens at Magic Island at 8am during the summer. It’s a free weekly timed 5k. Run or walk at your own pace. Every one of all ages and abilities are welcome. Register at parkrun.com/register and bring your printed barcode with you to each Parkrun! Also visit facebook.com/CharlestonWVparkrun.
Thurs, 12/12: LIGHT UP THE LEVEE happens at Haddad Riverfront Park from 5:30-7pm. Enjoy Christmas carols and hot cocoa. Please bring a donation of canned goods to stock up the Covenant House Food Pantry. Charleston ”lights up the levee” thanks to the City of Charleston and First Presbyterian Church of Charleston. The Charleston Christmas Parade follows at 7pm!
Thurs, 12/12: The City of Charleston will host the CHARLESTON CHRISTMAS PARADE, beginning at 7pm starting on Kanawha Boulevard between Clendenin & Capitol Streets. The Charleston Town Center will judge floats beginning at 6:50pm. Awards will be presented in front of the Town Center’s Court Street entrance during the parade.
Thurs-Fri, 12/12-12/13: Mountain Stage piano man, Bob Thompson, ushers in the holiday season with another edition of his popular JOY TO THE WORLD shows. The two shows will be performed at the Culture Center Theater on the State Capitol Complex. The concerts will also feature jazz vocalist Jan Monheit. Showtime is 8pm. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. For more info, visit MountainStage.org.
Thurs-Sun, 12/12-12/15: The CHILDREN’S THEATER OF CHARLESTON presents “FROZEN, JR.” at the Civic Center Little Theater. Performances are: Thursday @ 9:15am, Friday @ 7pm, Saturday & Sunday @ 2pm.
Fri, 12/13: Enjoy the music of WomanSong with COMFORT & JOY at 7:30pm at Christ Church United Methodist (1221 Quarrier St, Charleston). Tickets are $10 at the door. Non-perishable food donations are welcome.
Fri-Sun, 12/13-12/15: The Children’s Theater of Charleston presents DISNEY’S FROZEN JR at the Charlestion Coliseum & Convention Center Little Theater. Performances at 7pm on Friday, 7pm on Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday. Adults $15, Students $10.
Fri-Sat, 12/13-12/14: The Charleston Ballet performs Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, THE NUTCRACKER, with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra at the Clay Center. Friday @7:30pm & Saturday @ 2pm.
Sat, 12/14: Enjoy the City of Hurricane’s CHRISTMAS PARADE on Main Street starting at 4pm. Afterward, visit with Santa at the Gazebo!
Sat, 12/14: Get your holly-jolly on and come out for a night of laughs for a great cause! It’s JOYTACULAR, featuring the No Pants Players! Join them for a night of live, all-ages improv comedy, video sketches, and even some prize raffles! Special guests Mark Scarpelli & Ryan Hardiman will be performing some holiday tunes! Tickets are just $10 or $5 with a new toy donation and can be purchased at the door. Every dollar raised and every toy donated will benefit the toy drive for the Children’s Home Society of WV. Bring your friends, your family, even your enemies, or that annoying co-worker and enjoy a night of laughs! 7-9pm at the Clay Center’s Walker Theater.
Sun, 12/15: The KANAWHA TRAIL CLUB hikes a different area every Sunday. This week’s hike will be at Amherst Plymouth Wildlife Management Area. It’s an approximate 4 mile moderate hike through wooded areas, with two creek crossings, one short steep ascent and several short gradual hills. Everyone’s invited to enjoy the outdoors with this group. Have fun, get some exercise, and meet new friends! To car pool, meet at the parking lot at the corner of Ohio & Randolph Streets across from Sherwin Williams at 12:30. Check out upcoming hikes and get more info at KanawhaTrailClub.org.