Holiday events in the Rogue Valley: 2019
Editor's note: Wreath-making at Hanley Farm has been updated to correct the date toNov. 30.
Beekman House Christmas Tour: See how Christmas was celebrated in the late 1800s and learn about holiday tradition origins during guided tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 30 through Dec. 29, at the historic Beekman House, 470 E. California St., Jacksonville. Admission is $5. Also look for “Mrs. Beekman’s Christmas Bazaar,” which has antiques, collectibles, old-fashioned toys, handcrafts, holiday items and more available for purchase. Proceeds from both the tours and the bazaar go toward maintenance of Jacksonville’s historic buildings, programs and events. Call 541-245-3650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Miracle on 34th Street, a Live Musical Radio Play’: When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court, and a little girl’s belief makes the difference in the “miracle.” With live Foley effects and a score of holiday carols, “Miracle on 34th St.” is a beloved musical that will melt even the most cynical of hearts. Adapted from Jon Lorenz’ 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast of the classic Christmas story and directed by Galloway Stevens. Performances are set for at 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday through Saturday, and select Tuesday and Sunday nights, Nov. 21 through Dec. 31, and at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 23 through Dec. 29, at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre, 241 Hargadine St., on the corner of First and Hargadine streets, Ashland. There are no performances on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day. A preview night will be offered at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. Preview tickets are $29 for all seats. Regular tickets are $43, $39, and $29. Tickets and information are available at theoregoncabaret.com or by calling 541-488-2902. Reservations are required for pre-show dinner and brunch. Appetizers, beverages and desserts are available without reservations. Student rush tickets are $10 and can be purchased 30 minutes before curtain. A 20% discount is available for groups of 10 or more.
‘The Snow Queen’: Collaborative Theatre Project in Medford will present “The Snow Queen” from Nov. 22 to Dec. 29, at its theater in the Medford Center, 555 Medford Center. This adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fantastical coming-of-age adventure that inspired the hit Disney movie “Frozen” is directed by Susan Aversa-Orrego. Join Gerda on a dangerous and whimsical quest to save her best friend Kai before he is trapped forever in the Snow Queen’s palace. It’s a world where flowers sing, animals talk and riddles yearn to be solved. With an original pop-rock score, alluring ballads, urban steam-punk flair, and the enigmatic Snow Queen, this is not your average bedtime story. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturdays, Nov. 22-Dec. 28, and at 1:30 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 24-Dec. 29, and Saturdays, Dec. 21 and Dec. 28. Tickets are $28. An opening night gala will be held on Friday, Nov. 22, beginning at 6:45 p.m. with food and wine available. Tickets to the gala are $15. Tickets and information are available at ctpmedford.org, by calling 541-779-1055 or at the box office. Group rates are available.
Wreath-making at Hanley Farm: Learn to make your own holiday wreath from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. Wreath-making kits will available for $15 for nonmembers or $10 for SOHS members. Kits include a grapevine base, choice of greens and berries, wire and clippers. Volunteers will be on site to give wreath-making advice. Some ribbon will be available, along with warm drinks and snacks for purchase. Santa and one of his elves will be there, with activities for children. For details, see sohs.org/node/185006.
‘Peter Pan’: Camelot Theatre in Talent will present “Peter Pan” from Nov. 27 to Dec. 29. James M. Barrie’s classic tale of the boy who won’t grow up is directed by Haley Forsyth and stars Ryder Emerson, Lanny Horn and Mark B. Ropers. For details, see https://camelottheatre.org/peter-pan.
Ashland Festival of Light: The 27th annual Ashland Festival of Light begins every year the day after Thanksgiving, which this year is Friday, Nov. 29, to kick off the holiday season. There is entertainment on the Plaza beginning at 4 p.m., followed by Santa’s Parade at 5 p.m. and the Grand Illumination at about 5:30 p.m., with a countdown led by Santa and Mrs. Claus, who flick the switch on more than a million lights all over downtown. For details, see the Ashland Chamber of Commerce website at www.ashlandchamber.com
‘With Every Christmas Card I Write’: In Randall Theatre’s holiday show, “With Every Christmas Card I Write,” Kacie Bowers stumbles across a box of her family’s old Christmas cards, which trigger memories of wonderful holidays past. The musical review highlights holiday music celebrated through beautiful vocals and a multimedia presentation. The show, good fun for the entire family, will run at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at Randall Theatre, 20 S. Fir St., Medford. Advance reserved tickets are $15. Pick-your-price tickets available at the door. Tickets and information are available at randalltheatre.com or by calling 541-632-3258. Pick-your-price tickets are available 30 minutes before shows, subject to availability.
Grants Pass Christmas Tree Lighting: The public is invited to watch the lighting of a nearly 50-foot yule tree in downtown Grants Pass. The fun runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at Fifth and G streets. There will be concerts and activities, and the tree will be lit around 7 p.m. by Santa after he arrives by fire engine. Santa will then be available in his workshop for children’s visits.
Harvest Show of Fine Woodworking: The Siskiyou Woodcraft Guild will hold its 40th annual Fine Woodworking Show for three days over Thanksgiving weekend. This is a juried show that features selected works by Guild members exhibiting a variety of beautiful furniture, tables, boxes, carvings, turned bowls and more. The artists are available to discuss their work and inform the public about their designs and methods. The event is held at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Hay-Patton Rehearsal Center, 30 S. First St. The entrance is on Enders Alley. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Admission is free. For details, see siskiyouwoodcraftguild.org or call Jens Sehm at 541-301-8086.
Medford Civic Ballet ‘Nutcracker Ballet’: The two-act magical Victorian “Nutcracker Ballet” will be performed at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, at North Medford High School Auditorium, 1900 N. Keene Way Dr. A free meet-and-greet follows the performance. Tickets are available at Medford Dance Arts Center, 9 Hawthorne St., Medford, and one hour before show time at the theater. For details, call 541-772-1362 or see https://medforddanceartscenter.com.
Soroptimist Holiday Home Tour: The 28th annual Soroptimist Holiday Home Tour features five private homes decorated for the holidays around Medford and Central Point, including two bed-and-breakfasts. The homes will be open for self-guided tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Tickets cost $20, and proceeds benefit local community organizations. Tickets are available at Essentials Home Decor 114 W. Main St., in downtown Medford; Medford Visitor Center, 1314 Center Dr.; Judy’s Central Point Florist, 337 E. Pine St.; Country Quilts, 214 E. California St., Jacksonville; and Tom Randall State Farm office in Grants Pass. For more information, see si-medford.org.
Pink Martini Holiday Concert: Pink Martini will put on a holiday show at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. Boasting a multilingual repertoire of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop, these world-class musicians from Portland have performed their one-of-a-kind brand of entertainment with orchestras throughout the world on such legendary stages as the Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, the Academy Awards and Cannes Film Festival. For tickets and information, see www.craterian.org or call the Craterian Box Office at 541-779-3000.
Providence Festival of Trees: The festival opens Wednesday, Dec. 4, with an elegant dinner by Larks, holiday party and auction (it’s already sold out). On Thursday, Dec. 5, a Holiday Party will be held with local wines, beers, restaurants, caterers and music by deejay Jes Webb. Tickets are $75, and reservations are required. Public tours of the trees are open Friday through Sunday at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Hwy.. Admission is $5, with seniors getting in for free Friday, veterans free (with ID) Saturday, and kids free Sunday, which is the day when kids can buy or bring a toy bear and take it to Teddy Bear Hospital for x-rays. Photos with Santa and the holiday store will be open,Friday through Sunday. Trees will be raffled, with raffle drawings at 3 p.m. Sunday. The festival has plenty of live entertainment, including South Medford High School Choir, Sacred Heart Catholic School Chorale, Eagle Point Choir, North Medford Jazz Band, South Medford Jazz Ensemble, Ballet Folklorico, One Voice, Turning Point Dance Studio, Merry Tuba Carolers, Medford Dance Arts Center, Siskiyou Violins, Rogue Valley Alphorns, America’s Best Kids Dance, Miss Diana’s School of Ballet, Fusion Academy Dance and D6 Elementary Choir. Details, tickets and schedules are available at providencefoundations.org/events/.
Dickens’ Christmas Feast: The Winchester Inn, 35 S. Second St., Ashland, will hold its 37th annual Dickens’ Christmas Feast Dec. 4-8, 11-15 and 18-24. The feast consists of a local take on a traditional six-course Christmas feast. Carolers in Dickens’ Christmas costumes entertain as they stroll through the restaurant singing traditional carols. The restaurant will take your orders when you make your reservation. Cost is $85 per person, with tax and gratuities included. A $42.50 per person deposit is required with a guaranteed number for your party. Dinner begins at 6:30 each evening. The restaurant recommends arriving by 6:15. For details, call 541-488-1113 or see www.winchesterinn.com/restaurant-events.
Rogue Winterfest: Josephine County’s largest holiday festival, Rogue Winterfest, is held at Evergreen Federal Bank’s Bear Hotel in Grants Pass from Dec. 5-9. Each year, the venue undergoes a spectacular transformation into a winter wonderland, bringing the community together to help support the area’s mental health organizations: Family Solutions, Kairos and Options for Southern Oregon. Winterfest kicks off Thursday, Dec. 5, with the Gala Event and Grand Auction, which features a selection of creatively decorated trees and art. The Golden Social, an event for seniors, is Friday, Dec. 6. Family activities take place Saturday and Sunday Dec. 7-8, during the Weekend Holiday Events, and the Culinary Christmas Classic brings the series of holiday events to a delicious close Monday, Dec. 9. For details, see http://roguewinterfest.org/about/the-festival.
The Hamazons ‘A Holiday Classic’: The Hamazons will spontaneously perform an unscripted tale inspired by such films as “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and “A Christmas Carol,” taking the audience on an impromptu sleigh ride of humor and hilarity as they whip up some winter magic. Show time is 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. For details, see https://hamazons.com.
Breakfast With Santa: Enjoy a hot breakfast with Jolly old Saint Nicholas Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Santo Community Center, 701 N. Columbus Ave., Medford. First seating is from 9 to 9:45 a.m.; second seating will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Children can have their picture taken with Santa and create holiday-themed crafts. For more info, call 541-774-2400 or see playmedford.com.
Holiday on Ice: The Southern Oregon Figure Skating Club and the RRRink’s Learn to Skate program will team up with special guest performer Alec Schmitt for a holiday skating event. The performances will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the RRRink, 1349 Center Drive, Medford. The exhibition is sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating Association. Admission is $7. Remember to dress warmly. For more information, see www.therrrink.com or call 541-770-1177.
Medford Winter Lights Festival: Medford Parks and Recreation will hold its all-ages holiday celebration from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Pear Blossom Park near the Commons, at Fourth and Bartlett streets. Kids can win prizes in a coloring contest, get their peppermint fix at the candy cane hunt at 4:30 p.m., and see Santa Claus light up the park’s Norway spruce at 5:30 p.m., among other holiday-themed performances. Also look for a fireworks display. For more info, call 541-774-2400 or see playmedford.com.
Jacksonville Victorian Christmas: Jacksonville decorates the town in natural greenery with white lights to evoke Christmases past. The annual celebration begins with a Community Caroling & Tree Lighting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, and continues with a Christmas parade at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. On weekends between Dec. 7 and Dec. 22, visitors can take family pictures with Father Christmas, enjoy strolling carolers — some in vintage costumes — and find complimentary hot cider and Jolly Holly Trolley rides. For details, see jacksonvilleoregon.com/victorian-christmas.
Central Point Christmas Parade: Central Point will kick off the holiday season Saturday, Dec. 7, with the city’s annual parade and tree lighting, with crafts, games, free hot cocoa and cookies, visits with Santa and trolley rides. The parade kicks off at 5 p.m. at Central Point City Hall on East Pine Street, and the tree will be lit at 6 p.m. For details, see “Special Events” at www.centralpointoregon.gov/parksrec
Grants Pass Christmas Parade: See the community in action as floats, bands and other entertainment march by in the annual Grants Pass Christmas Parade, which starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Sixth and K streets and heads north on Sixth. For details about the parade, see https://travelgrantspass.com/events/christmas-parade-2/
Rogue Valley Chorale — ‘Home for the Holidays’: The Rogue Valley Chorale will be joined by the Cantare Chorus to present a variety of holiday homecoming music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. The concert features Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols,” with baritone Chris Thompson as the featured guest artist, along with Klezmer music, and favorite carols accompanied by the Rogue Valley Chorale Chamber Ensemble. For tickets and information, see www.craterian.org or call the Craterian Box Office at 541-779-3000.
John Nilsen holiday piano shows: After giving 230 performances throughout the U.S. in 2019, Oregon pianist, guitarist and recording artist John Nilsen will perform four solo piano holiday concerts in the Rogue Valley in December. Nilsen, who recently released “Foreign Films,” his 20th CD, graduated from Southern Oregon University in 1979 and spent nearly two decades in the Rogue Valley before moving to West Linn. His shows will feature holiday classics, boogie-woogie and jazz, along with some of his originals. Showtimes and dates are: Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., at Newman United Methodist Church, 132 NE B St. Grants Pass, 541-479-5369. Cost is $10 at door; Thursday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m., at Pascal Vineyard, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent, 541-535-7957. Cost is $10 at door; Friday, Dec. 13, 6 to 8 p.m., RoxyAnn Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford, 541-776-2315. Cost is $10 at door; Saturday, Dec. 14, at noon, at Gold Hill United Methodist Church, 416 Fourth St., Gold Hill, 541-855-7224. Suggested donation is $10 per person.
Rogue Valley Christmas Market: The annual Rogue Valley Christmas Market will be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 13-14, at the Fry Family Farm store, 2184 Ross Lane, Medford. The European-style market will run from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event will include live music and a number of vendors offering food, wine, cider and a wide range of handcrafted Christmas gifts from local artists and crafts people. Admission is free, but the market will be supporting Medford Habitat for Humanity with donations received for on-site gift wrapping. For details, see facebook.com/RogueValleyChristmasMarket.
Studio Roxander’s ‘The Nutcracker’: David and Elyse Roxander’s full-length production is performed at the Crater Performing Arts Center in Central Point, from Dec. 13-22. Saturday matinees include the Kingdom of the Sweets, a meet-and-greet where attendees can get autographs and take photos with their favorite characters. For details, see https://studioroxander.com or call 541-773-7272.
The Siskiyou Singers: The choir, directed by Mark Reppert, will perform their 2019 holiday concert, “Ceremony of Carols,” Friday through Sunday, Dec. 13-15, in the Music Recital Hall, 450 Mountain Ave., at Southern Oregon University, Ashland. Showtimes are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Harpist Ellen Lindquist will perform along with the choir. Featured songs include the sacred “Hodie Christus Natus Est” by Palestrina and “Angelus ad Virginem,” a 13th-century carol. Tickets are $20, $5 for students and Oregon Trail Card holders, and can be purchased at Music Coop or Paddington Station in Ashland and Grocery Outlet in Medford. See https://siskiyousingers.org.
Christmas Lights Tour: Enjoy the holiday lights and decorations around the valley during a RVTD bus tour at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. The bus will pick up tour guest at the Santo Community Center, 701 N. Columbus Ave., Medford. Tickets are $6 and pre-registration required. For tickets and more information, call 541-774-2400 or see playmedford.com.
Teen Musical Theater of Oregon - ‘Frozen, Jr.’: TMTO will present ‘Frozen Jr.’ this holiday season, a show based on the Disney movie and 2018 Broadway musical. Shows are at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20; 1 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. For tickets and information, see www.craterian.org or call the Craterian Box Office at 541-779-3000.
Southern Oregon Repertory Singers: The Repertory Singers will offer its annual show, titled “December Clear and Bright,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at the Southern Oregon University Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The show will span music from the Renaissance to today, including carols old and new from around the world. Featured works include Giovanni Palestina’s “Magnificat” for double choir, riks Eenvalds’ “O magnum mysterium” for choir and tuned water glasses, and new works by Gabriel Jackson and Randall Stroope. The concert will include a combined performance with the Chamber Choirs from both North and South Medford High Schools accompanied by guest instrumentalists. Tickets are $15 and $42, $5 for students and Oregon Trail Card holders. For tickets and information go to see https://repsingers.org or call 541.552.0900.
Tomaseen Foley’s ‘A Celtic Christmas’: For more than 20 years, native Irishman (and Talent resident) Tomáseen Foley has brought his unique brand of storytelling magic to captivate holiday theatergoers in packed houses throughout the U.S. With warmth and humor, he and a dazzling tribe of world-class performers carry audiences back in time to a wintry night in an Irish “rambling house” where traditional song, dance, music and stories bring a community together for one wondrous evening. You don’t have to be Irish to appreciate this moving and intimate show that reminds us all of the power and joy of the ancient art of storytelling. This holiday treasure is set for 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. For ticket information, see www.craterian.org or call 541-779-3000.
Rogue Valley Symphony - ‘New Years Eve Gala: A Toast to Majkut’: Rogue Valley Symphony will present a glittering gala celebration for the anniversary of Maestro Martin Majkut’s 10th season. Attendees will experience symphonic waltzes, surprise guests, and duo pianists Joel Fan and Christine Eggert on Francis Poulenc’s “Concerto for Two Pianos.” The show is set for 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. For tickets and information, see www.craterian.org or call the Craterian Box Office at 541-779-3000.