Feast of the Seven Fishes Festival

Join us for a holiday weekend of fun during the Feast of the Seven Fishes Festival on December 8-10! This annual festival celebrates our Italian holiday traditions of feasting on fish dishes and delicious desserts with friends and family. Make the most of your weekend in Marion County by filling up your itinerary with some of our favorite seasonal events.

Celebration of Lights

There’s no better way to enjoy the holiday season than with a trip to the Celebration of Lights in Morris Park! This 15th annual holiday tradition features more than 500 light displays over a 1.3-mile drive. The Celebration of Lights is open through December 30 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Hometown Market

Finish up your holiday shopping at the Hometown Christmas Market in downtown Fairmont on December 9 and 10. There will be a variety of arts and crafts vendors and local businesses. The market will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Festival Cucina

Join your favorite regional chefs for a relaxing evening of reminiscing and a taste of some of the best Italian specialties! Enjoy special cooking demonstrations — with samples — of traditional Italian holiday dishes during the annual Festival Cucina Cooking School. This event will take place at the Immaculate Conception Church on Friday, December 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are required.

Feast of the Seven Fishes Festival

Feast of the Seven Fishes Festival is an annual tradition in Marion County. This daylong street fair celebrates all things Italian and features an array of food and wine, music, an artisan market and more. Delight in the music of the season, and shop local artisans for your holiday wishlist. The Feast of the Seven Fishes open ceremony takes place on Saturday, December 10 at 9:45 a.m. with the Christmas Market opening at 10 a.m.

Coal Miner Appreciation

The Feast of the Seven Fishes Festival is the perfect time to honor our coal miners of every nationality. Come and celebrate the coal mining heritage of our region on December 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the third floor of Arts & Antiques Marketplace located in the Fairmont Mercantile to read more about Marion County’s mining history and share stories of fellow miners and their families.

Christmas Parade

The Fairmont Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, December 10 from 5-6 p.m. on Main Street. The Blessing of the First Responder entrants will line up as part of the parade, and the blessings on each vehicle will occur in front of the Marion County Courthouse. This event and registration are both free. Anyone interested in entering the parade can self-register by clicking here or by contacting the parade director. The parade director, Marci Carroll, can be contacted directly at (304) 612-5151 or via email

For a full list of Marion County events, please visit our calendar here.
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