McDowell County weekend events: December 1 through December 3

Special thanks to Jennifer Justice, executive director of the McDowell County CVB and secretary of the McDowell County Chamber of Commerce, for her assistance with providing the following list of events.

McDowell County weekend events: Dec. 1 through Dec. 3:

Friday, Dec 1:

  • Annual Coaltown Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting in downtown Welch:

Line up at 6:30 p.m. at Welch Elementary School. Parade begins at 7 p.m. Prizes for best decorated float & ATV/SXS. Food and holiday vendors downtown. Call 304-436-3113 for more information.

  • Christmas Craft Show at the Jack Caffrey Center:

Lunch will be sold by Spencer’s Catering. Handmade Christmas Crafts, T-shirts, tumblers, mugs, jewelry, and other items will be sold. Call 304-436-5392 for more information or to be a vendor.

Friday, Dec. 1 & Saturday, Dec. 2:

  • War’s Christmas Bazaar and Flea Market:

Big Creek Community Center. Friday hours are 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., and Saturday hours are 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Concessions will be sold.

Saturday, Dec. 2:

  • 1st Annual Paul Hare Memorial Christmas Parade in Iaeger:

Iaefer Beautification Committee, More L.I.F.E & Southern Appalachian Enrichment Project Parade will begin at 5 p.m. Lineup at Christ Cathedral from 3 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. Santa will be at the Janice Roberts Memorial Park. There will also be free hot chocolate, coffee, cookies, and juice. Contact Kelsey Cline or Trey Lockhart on Facebook for more information.

  • Grand Opening of The Fortress:

First 10 people get a free round of NERF and free ACP of Walking Taco. Call 304-712-2320, or visit for more information. 

Sunday, Dec. 3:

  • Free Photos with Santa:

Photographer Will Price will be at the Jack Caffrey Arts & Cultural Center, 143 Wyoming St. in Welch, taking pictures with Santa. Get your free 5 X 7 and a link for a digital download.

  • Coaltown USA Polar Express:

Trolley Express ride and Polar Express movie. Pick up at 1 p.m. at the Welch Armory parking lot. $10 per person. Pay online at Wear your favorite PJ’s.


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