Holidays happenings around the Rogue Valley: Dec. 11
Virtual Hanukkah celebrations
Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Oregon will hold livestreams of local menorah -lighting ceremonies Friday, Dec. 11, through Thursday, Dec. 17. Also look for a children’s scavenger hunt, and a livestream concert featuring Nissim Black at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16. Chabad’s website also features all things Hanukkah — the basics, how-to tips, stories, recipes and more. For further details or to register for the scavenger hunt and/or concert, see chabadofashland.org/chanukah2020 or call 541-482-2778.
Siskiyou Singers Holiday Concert
The local choir, Siskiyou Singers, directed by Mark Reppert, now in its 38th year, will present “Where There Is Love,” a free online concert celebrating the 2020 holiday season. The program will include “O Magnum Mysterium” by Luis Victoria, “Silent Night,” arranged by John Rutter, “Hanerot Halalu,” “Ubi Caritas” by Maurice Duruflé, and more. The concert posted to the Siskiyou Singers’ website on Friday, Dec. 11, will remain up for viewing indefinitely. For further information or to access the concert, see siskiyousingers.org.
RV Chorale ‘Holiday Faire’
The Rogue Valley Chorale, guided by Artistic Director Michael Morris, will present “Holiday Faire,” a concert celebrating the holiday season, on Southern Oregon PBS. The show, which premiered during the station’s annual fund drive on Nov. 27, will re-air at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 and again at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. See roguevalleychorale.org for more information.
Pink Martini’s ‘Home for the Holidays’
Pink Martini brings some much-needed holiday cheer right into your living room with a pair of brand-new streaming concert events. The holiday special, “Home for the Holidays: A Pink Martini Holiday Spectacular,” will premiere at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. Ring in the new year with the “little orchestra” during its concert “Good Riddance 2020!” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31. 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. These holiday concert performances, filmed in front of the 35-foot Christmas tree at Pink Martini’s world headquarters in Portland, include Pink Martini fan favorites alongside holiday classics old and new. The shows feature lead singer China Forbes, with special guest appearances by Storm Large, Ari Shapiro, Edna Vazquez, Jimmie Herrod, Sofi von Trapp and cantor Ida Rae Cahana. Premiere broadcasts include chat room and live discussion with members of Pink Martini. Programs also will be available for on-demand viewing to ticket buyers for 48 hours after premiere broadcasts have aired. Tickets for access to both concert livestream events is $30 per household, or $20 for an individual. Tickets for either the holiday or New Year’s concerts start at $15. For tickets and further information, see ourconcerts.live/pinkmartini/craterian.
Magical Christmas murals
Downtown Grants Pass will sparkle with the fiber-optic dazzle of 20 musical Christmas murals and giant nutcrackers through New Year’s Day. The murals weigh 400 pounds each and include sound systems that play the old-fashioned Christmas music. The murals, created by local artisans, are 12 inches thick, 10 feet tall, 5 feet wide and are wired with miles of fiber-optic cable and thousands of points of lights. A map of mural locations is available in the downtown welcome center, 198 SW 6th St, Grants Pass. For further information, call 541-479-3351.
Jacksonville Victorian Christmas
Jacksonville continues to provide as much Victorian Christmas spirit as possible. On weekends through Dec. 20, visitors can take family pictures with Father Christmas (no charge, but they ask that all those 5 and older wear a face covering and observe social distancing guidelines), and enjoy strolling carolers. Horse-drawn wagon rides will be available from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 19, starting at the new City Hall. You will find Father Christmas from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 155 N. Third St., in the Dan McGeorge Gallery. For further information, including wagon ride admission, see https://jacksonvilleoregon.com/discover/events-festivals/annual-events/victorian-christmas
Ashland Festival of Light
Downtown Ashland is once again all lit up for the holidays. The Ashland Chamber of Commerce has special holiday content planned for its website and also recorded the official switch being flipped to turn on the lights. The chamber has created Rudolph’s Scavenger Hunt for the 2020 Christmas season. Sneaky Rudolph has hidden his deer brothers and sisters all over Ashland, and it’s up to kids and families to find them before Christmas Eve and win prizes. Game details, along with a printable list of clues, will be posted online at ashlandchamber.com/page.asp?navid=1518. Another new event for 2020 is the ShopAshlandOregon.com website, where you can browse through dozens of Ashland specialty shops and do your online holiday shopping from your home.