Ashland Festival of Light
The 24th annual Ashland Festival of Light kicks off the holiday season each year on the day after Thanksgiving — Friday, Nov. 25. Look for live entertainment on the Ashland Plaza and a Santa Claus parade at 5 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will lead a countdown to the Grand Illumination and flip the switch to turn on more than a million decorative lights throughout downtown. There will be caroling, and kids can meet Santa from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at his workshop in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Black Swan Theatre on the corner of Pioneer and East Main streets.
Jacksonville Victorian Christmas
Jacksonville celebrates the holidays with its Victorian Christmas, a celebration that begins with a tree-lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, on the corner of Third Street, between California and C streets. The Victorian Christmas parade will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, along California Street. The next two weekends in December will feature carolers in vintage costumes, a miniature Nativity exhibit, historic Beekman House tours and more. This year, the town brings back the Holly Jolly Trolley, which offers on-off service at various locations for just $1. See jacksonvilleoregon.com/victorian-christmas.
Providence Festival of Trees
The 25th annual gala and tree auction to benefit Providence Community Health Foundation kicks off with its opening-night party from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway. Reservations are $150 for this black-tie event and are available by calling 541-732-5193. A holiday party will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. Tickets are $50. Tours through the large trees, tabletop tannenbaums and miniature trees, holiday mantelpieces and wreaths will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Admission is $5 for the tours, $3 for kids and seniors. Look for “Willy Wonka,” “Finding Dory” and “Candy Land” among the lavishly and traditionally decorated trees.
Southern Oregon University Wind Ensemble
The ensemble, conducted by Cynthia Hutton, will present "Ancient and Eclectic" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Music Recital Hall, 405 S. Mountain Ave., on the SOU campus in Ashland. The program will feature music by Thomas Tallis, Fisher Tull and Guillaume de Machaut, along with Mark Elliot Jacobs on 19-century ophicleide. Also look for "Incantation and Dance" by John Barnes Chance and "Dance of the Jesters" by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors, and can be purchased at the box office in the Music Building, online at oca.sou.edu/box-office or by calling 541-552-6348. Students get in free.
With book by James A. Michener and lyrics and music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, "South Pacific" is a heart-warming tale of love, romance and war set in an island paradise. Look for such classic tunes as “Younger than Springtime,” “There’s Nothing Like a Dame,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” and “Some Enchanted Evening.” Daniel Stephens directs. The show previews Thursday, Dec. 1, opens Friday, Dec. 2, and runs through Jan. 8 at Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Ave., Talent. A pay-what-you-can performance is set for Wednesday, Dec. 7, and a Director's Night performance is on Friday, Dec. 9. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 1-3, Wednesdays through Saturdays, Dec. 7-10 and 14-17, Tuesdays through Saturdays, Dec. 20-24 and 27-31, Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 5-7, and 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 4, 11, 18 and Jan. 8. Tickets are $36 and can be purchased online at camelotheatre.org or by calling 541-535-5250.