The holidays are brimming with things to do and ways to entertain the folks from out of town. Here's a quick rundown of some of the Rogue Valley's major holiday events:
For those just itching to start their Christmas shopping early, there's the 37th annual Clayfolk Show and Sale, held at the Medford Armory the weekend before Thanksgiving. The show features hundreds of sculptures, vases, bowls, mugs, dishes and other pottery pieces from more than 65 artists from throughout Oregon. Admission is free. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. For more information, see www.clayfolk.org. The Medford Armory is at 1701 S. Pacific Highway, Medford.
You haven't imagined just what a talented baker can do with gingerbread and jelly beans until you've toured the annual GingerBread Jubilee, held as a fundraiser for the Craterian Theater at the Collier Center for the Performing Arts. All events are at the theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford.
Seventeen wine producers along the Applegate Valley Wine Trail open the tops of barrels holding last year's vintage and let guests sample the future.
Those who purchase tickets ($39) for this year's self-guided tour, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, also will be treated to samples of released wine and food pairings. For more information, see http://applegatewinetrail.com.
Santa will flip the switch on a million white lights on the downtown Plaza as is his tradition every Friday after Thanksgiving. This year that falls on Nov. 23.
The 20th annual celebration continues on weekends throughout the season with live music and story times.
The city of Phoenix will host its annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at the triangle lot by Phoenix Pharmacy, 404 N. Main St. Caroling will start at 6 p.m., and at 6:29 p.m. the counting down to the lighting of the Christmas tree will begin. Santa and Mrs. Claus will then arrive to greet the crowd. Afterwards, cookies, coffee and hot cocoa will be served at the nearby First Presbyterian Church, 121 W. Second St.
The 35th annual model train show features model layouts, exhibits, presentations, about 30 vendors, a swap meet, door prizes and raffle at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway, Medford.
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for kids 12 and younger who are accompanied by adults. For more information, call 541-890-8145.
Providence Community Health Foundation's 21st annual holiday extravaganza is planned Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway, Medford.
Proceeds will benefit the Palliative Care Program at Providence Medford Medical Center.
Decked in evergreen boughs, red bows and white lights, Jacksonville celebrates Christmas with a Victorian carolers, wagon rides, hot cider, roasted chestnuts and other festivities the first three weekends in December.
For more information, visit www.jacksonvilleoregon.org.
A parade led by Santa on a fire truck and the lighting of a 30-foot Christmas tree in Vogel Plaza highlight Medford's annual celebration of the holiday season, set for Saturday, Dec. 1.
Sponsored by Southern Oregon University's Outdoor Program, the swap features all manner of ski and snowboarding equipment at bargain prices. It takes place in SOU's Stevenson Union at 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.
Those who want to sell gear can register from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 28-30. Those with more than 25 items should contact SOU's Outdoor Programs at 541-552-6470 or email Greenz@sou.edu to pre-register. Twenty percent of the sale price of each item benefits the students involved with the SOU Outdoor Program. There is a $1 per item check-in fee.
Five lavishly decorated homes will open their doors to hordes of visitors for a good cause on Sunday, Dec. 2. The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes a log home on the Rogue River, a two-story ranch-style house with spectacular views, a historic home and a two-story Mediterranean-style home in Jacksonville, and a Shady Cove home that features an 18-foot-long Christmas Village set in 1843. The self-guided tour raises money for Soroptimist scholarships and other causes that help women and children. Tickets cost $15 and are available at Essentials in Eagle Point, Judy's Central Point Florist, Comfort Zone Boutique and Terra Firma in Medford, Country Quilts and Fifth Street Hair and Nail Design in Jacksonville. Tickets may also be purchased online via PayPal at soroptimistrv.org.
The Christian rock band superstars will perform both classic and contemporary holiday music at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Craterian Theater at the Collier Center for the Performing Arts, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets range from $32 to $50 and may be purchased at craterian.org or by calling 541-779-3000.
Eagle Point celebration
The Eagle Point Community Association will host the annual Memory Lights Program, Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa's visit at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Ashpole Center at City Hall, 17 S. Buchanan St., Eagle Point. Stuffed animals are needed for the festivities; any clean, soft, new or gently used animals will be accepted at the Upper Rogue Independent. For further information, call Bunny Lincoln at 541-944-2446 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The city of Central Point is hosting its first Lights Parade in conjunction with its Community Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 8, on Pine Street. The parade is open to walking groups, vehicles and floats, with the only requirement being they must be well-it with festive holiday lights. Parade entry costs $10. The parade will start at 6 p.m., with the tree lighting set for 7 p.m. at City Hall, 140 S. Third St. There'll be pictures with Santa, free arts and crafts, a Kiwanis Book Giveaway and hay rides.
For parade rules, applications or more information, visit www.centralpointoregon.gov/parks.aspx or call Sarah Garceau at 541-423-1978.
The Rogue Valley Chorale's "Let It Snow," featuring arrangements of holiday favorites for the whole family, is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Craterian Theater at the Collier Center for the Performing Arts, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. This is the chorale's 40th anniversary and final season with founder and conductor Lynn Sjolund. Tickets are $10 or $20 for adults, $5 for students, and may be purchased at craterian.org or by calling 541-779-3000.
Talent will hold its annual Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Community Center, 206 E. Main St. There'll be entertainment, music, refreshments and the tree lighting. For more information, see www.cityoftalent.org.
The annual Jefferson Public Radio wine-tasting event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Ashland Springs Hotel, 212 E. Main St. The event features wine from about 35 Oregon wineries and hors d'oeuvres and confections from myriad restaurants and caterers. Proceeds benefit JPR operations and National Public Radio programming. Tickets cost $45 to $50 and can be purchased at the Ashland Co-op, Medford Food Co-op, online at www.ijpr.org or by calling 877-646-4TIX.
Teen Musical Theater of Oregon presents this holiday favorite about a white-bearded gentleman claiming to be the real Santa Claus who spreads a wave of love throughout New York City despite all the skeptics. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Craterian Theater at the Collier Center for the Performing Arts, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $18 for adults, $9 for youth, and may be purchased at craterian.org or by calling 541-779-3000.
Studio Roxander Academy of Movement Arts plans its annual rendition of Tchaikovsky's beloved holiday classic at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15; 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16; 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21; and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Crater Performing Arts Center, 655 N. Third St., Central Point. Tickets are $10 to $20 and may be purchased at www.studioroxander.com or by calling 541-773-7272.
The choral group embraces the Yuletide season with "O Radiant Dawn," featuring music by Bermuda-born Gabriel Jackson, Scottish giant James MacMillan and SORS favorites Craig Kingsbury and Jodi French. The concert will include a chamber orchestra of strings, winds, harp, piano, and organ. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. A free pre-concert lecture will be given one hour before each performance. Tickets are $20 general, $5 students with identification.
"A Celtic Christmas," featuring storytelling, song and dance, will perform the finale of its 14th national tour, taking the audience to the Rambling House, a remote cottage in west Ireland where neighbors gather every year for a communal night before Christmas. Performances are at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Craterian Theater at the Collier Center for the Performing Arts, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets range from $22 to $32 for adults, $12 to $22 for children, and may be purchased at craterian.org or by calling 541-779-3000.