Celebrate the Holiday Season West Virginia Style

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The holidays are upon us, and with them come an important list of questions. Do you have your tree picked out? Is your shopping list complete? What seasonal celebrations are happening near you, and how can you turn your White Christmas “green”? The West Virginia Department of Commerce offers this handy guide for preparing for the season.

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West Virginia Division of Forestry officials have identified seven farms that allow you to pick the perfect tree before the holiday season rush begins.

The holidays are upon us, and with them come an important list of questions. Do you have your tree picked out? Is your shopping list complete? What seasonal celebrations are happening near you, and how can you turn your White Christmas “green”? The West Virginia Department of Commerce offers this handy guide for preparing for the season.

Tag Your Christmas Tree
Have the satisfaction of knowing your perfect Christmas tree awaits you by pre-tagging it at a West Virginia choose-and-cut Christmas tree farm. West Virginia Division of Forestry officials have identified seven farms that allow you to pick the perfect tree before the holiday season rush begins. Once Christmas draws closer, you can return, cut your fresh tree and take it home to decorate. A complete list of W.Va. choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms, including locations, directions and hours, is found here.

Wonderful West Virginia Magazine
Wonderful West Virginia, the premier magazine about the Mountain State, is offering extra goodies with the purchase of gift subscriptions this holiday season. Buy two subscriptions and get a free 2013 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar. Buy three subscriptions and get a free Wonderful West Virginia Magazine T-shirt. Or buy five subscriptions and get a free subscription to Wonderful West Virginia Magazine. Order here.

West Virginia Photo Prints
Famous landmarks, beautiful scenery, flora and fauna: The Mountain State’s most-requested scenes are now available as ready-to-frame, quality prints. The West Virginia Department of Commerce is offering a collection of 15 West Virginia scenes. The high-quality, 8” x 10” photos come ready to frame in 11 x 14 double mats. Prints are $25 each, including shipping. Order online.

Holiday Shopping
Your special someone deserves a one-of-a-kind gift. Try a unique present from a West Virginia artisan, the perfect gift at a Main Street specialty boutique or mingle with shoppers at the outlet malls and shopping centers. Visit here for a list of vendors and a map.

West Virginia Wildlife Calendar
The 2013 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar makes a great gift for lovers of both wildlife and art, said Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The award-winning wall calendar showcases a dozen full-color wildlife paintings. The calendar, at only $10, is full of interesting daily facts, best fishing days and times, and monthly tips to help you fully enjoy the outdoors

North Bend State Park Winter Getaway
North Bend State Park may be one of the most family-friendly places in West Virginia to visit. “We’re open year-round and try to create activities and overnight packages that are affordable,” said Kristi Steed. The park offers several winter getaway packages. Visit West Virginia State Parks online.

State Park Gift Cards
“Gift cards convey to the recipient that a person knows you or your family interests,” said Sissie Summers of West Virginia State Parks. “The card becomes an experience when redeemed. West Virginia State Park gift cards can be used on lodging, dining, gift shop or other activities that charge a fee. In addition, each gift card purchase of $100 will receive up to nine “extras” such as “two for one” offers and other discounts at West Virginia State Parks and Forests. To place an order, visit the West Virginia State Parks link above and click on “Gift Card Purchase.”

Energy-Efficient Holidays
Energy Star LED holiday lights use a tenth of the electricity of conventional bulbs. Although the initial investment in LED holiday lighting can be more expensive than standard incandescent string lighting, LED lights will pay for themselves in a few seasons in terms of durability and lower power costs. How do you turn your White Christmas green? Reduce, Re-use and Recycle! Tips from the West Virginia Division of Energy will help you save time and money.

Main Street West Virginia and ON TRAC: Go to Town With Holiday Celebrations
Catch the holiday spirit when you join the festivities in towns across the state this year. Main Street West Virginia and ON TRAC communities celebrate the season with a series of special events. A program of the West Virginia Development Office, Main Street West Virginia focuses on economic revitalization of historic commercial districts. The organization serves 12 accredited Main Street communities and 16 ON TRAC (Organization, Training, Revitalization and Capacity) communities.

For details on each of the above subjects, see the attached news releases or visit the West Virginia Department of Commerce at the link below.

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