Holiday events in the Rogue Valley: Dec. 3
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.
Jacksonville Victorian Christmas: The traditional Victorian Christmas celebration returns to Jacksonville after a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Celebrants will be able to enjoy such events as the annual parade, tours inside the Beekman House, photos with Father Christmas and more. The annual parade will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, along California St., and will feature over 30 entries. Visitors can take pictures of themselves with Father Christmas from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends through Dec. 19, in front of the Beekman Bank at Third and California streets. Masks are required for ages 5 and older. For further information, see jacksonvilleoregon.org/events.
Rogue Winterfest: The 19th annual event will be a virtual affair held Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 2-5. Four days of festivities will be “broadcast” from the Bear Hotel in Grants Pass. Guests can bid online during the virtual silent auction that runs through Dec. 5. Proceeds benefit Family Solutions, Kairos and Options of Southern Oregon. To view and bid on items offered in the auctions or for further details see roguewinterfest.org.
Holiday Greens Sale: The Jacksonville Garden Club will offer table arrangements, wreaths and swags from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, near the Jacksonville Post Office on the corner of Oregon and California Streets. Proceeds support local scholarships and beautification projects. Call 541-899-5708.
Beekman House Christmas Tour: See how Christmas was celebrated in the late 1800s and learn about holiday tradition origins during guided tours from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 19, at the historic Beekman House, 470 E. California St., Jacksonville. One-hour tours will begin every 15 minutes. Learn the Victorian origins of popular Christmas traditions, find the good luck German pickle on the Christmas tree, hear how Clement Moore and Charles Dickens reinvented the holiday, and sample one of Mrs. Beekman’s sugar cookies. Also look for “Mrs. Beekman’s Christmas Bazaar,”which has antiques, collectibles, old-fashioned toys, hand-crafts, holiday items, and more available for purchase. Admission is $5, paid at the door. Tours are not recommended for children under 6 years, and groups are limited to six people at a time. Masks are required. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made at historicjacksonville.org/victorian-christmas. You do not need to go on a tour to attend “Mrs. Beekman’s Christmas Bazaar.” 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 email@example.com.
Eagle Point Christmas celebration: The city of Eagle Point will kick off the holiday season with a tree-lighting celebration beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, at Bob Moore Park, 140 W. Main St. Festivities include caroling, lighting of the city Christmas tree, a visit with Santa and more. Santa’s “helpers” will pass out candy and stuffed animals to children. The Lions Club will hold a chili feed from 5:30 to 8 p.m. across Main St. from the park. Cookies, coffee, cider and hot chocolate will also be served. Because of COVID–19 precautions, photos with Santa will not be part of this year’s celebration. Masks must be worn at all times, and social distancing will be enforced. For further information, call 541-944-2446 or 541-826-4974.
Grants Pass Tree Lighting: The city of Grants Pass will host their annual tree lighting celebration at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 at the Holiday Plaza, Fifth and G streets. Santa Claus will be on hand to greet children from the North Pole via Zoom.
Providence Festival of Trees: This year’s festivities will be held virtually to keep everyone in our community safe, organizers said. Smaller than 2020’s event, this year’s display of seven large trees, nine tabletop trees, a toy sleigh and kids’ playhouse will not be available for public viewing but rather auctioned online, Nov. 26-Dec. 4. A holiday special at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, on local ABC affiliate KDRV (channel 12), will show viewers the trees and speak to the importance of caregiver education, which is this year’s charitable cause. Over the past 29 years, Providence Festival of Trees has raised more than $11 million to benefit the programs and services of Providence Medford Medical Center. For more information, to register for the silent online auction or make a donation see https://providencefoundations.org/events/safeway-providence-festival-of-trees-southern-oregon/ or call 541-732-5193.
Medford Winter Lights Festival: The annual lighting of the community Christmas tree will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in downtown Medford’s Pear Blossom Park. The annual event will include a coloring contest for kids in the Lithia Lobby, photos with Santa, live performances, a candy cane hunt, booths, activities and a fireworks show. A free candy cane hunt will begin at 4:30 p.m. for children ages 1-12.
Central Point Community Christmas: Central Point’s annual Christmas parade will step off at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and head down Pine Street followed by a 6 p.m. tree lighting behind City Hall and the Central Point library. The city of Central Point will host Santa’s Village with free crafts, hot cocoa, visits with Santa, and other fun activities for the whole family. For more information, see centralpointchamber.org/community-christmas.
Light Up Gold Hill: Santa will light up the trees at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Gold Hill City Park, located next to the Gold Hill Library, 202 Dardanelles St. The following Saturday, Dec. 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. there will be a “Christmas Sing-Along” with live music also in the Gold Hill City Park. Bring your flashlights, chairs, and blankets. Free refreshments will be served. After the sing-along, take a stroll to see the lights and festive decorations throughout the city. For further information, call 541-855-1525.
‘With Every Christmas Card I Write’: The Gold Hill IOOF Lodge will present a single performance of “With Every Christmas Card I Write” featuring Lauren James, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. at the IOOF Lodge, 483 Fourth Ave., Gold Hill. This heart-warming musical revue, featuring beloved Christmas songs, highlights the magic of the holiday season through music and a multimedia presentation. The story unfolds as something of a mystery as an unusual Christmas card inspires Lauren to discover its meaning by searching through cards from her past. Beginning at 6:20 p.m. guests will be treated to a Christmas trivia pre-show, music, raffle, games, and an “ugly holiday sweater” contest. Special face-in-a-hole photo props will allow guests to capture their images next to iconic Christmas characters. Free coffee and popcorn will be served, other refreshments are available for purchase. Admission is free. Masks and social distancing are required. For more information see waitingstar.com or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rogue Valley Chorale: The Rogue Valley Chorale, in concert with the Jefferson Baroque Orchestra, will present two performances of the Christmas movement of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. JBO, under the direction of Morgan O’Shaughnessy, will play 18th century period instruments or modern copies. Featured soloists include Jennifer Matsuura, soprano; Shelly Cox-Thornhill, mezzo-soprano; Colin Campbell, tenor; and Jose Rubio, bass, in a new production that tells the timeless story of Christ through the eyes of prophets, shepherds, and heavenly hosts. Tickets are $25, $10 for ages 22 and younger, and can be purchased at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., in Medford, or by calling 541-779-3000. Before admission, audience members must present a photo ID and proof of full vaccination completed at least 14 days because performance date; those not fully vaccinated or children under the age of 12 must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the performance time, or a negative rapid antigen test taken within 6 hours. Masks must be worn at all times while inside the Craterian.
SOU Choir: The Southern Oregon University Chamber Choir, directed by Paul French, will present “Tomorrow Shall be my Dancing Day,” a seasonal concert of holiday cheer, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. The festive program features carols from around the world including works from Puerto Rico, England, Spain, Norway and Canada. Featured composers include Ola Gjeilo, Javier Busto, Sarah Quartel, and John Rutter while the varied music moves from Latin motets, through folk-based carols, to a driving gospel “Magnificat” by Patti Drennan. The choir will be accompanied by SOU staff accompanist, Jodi French. Tickets are $10, $5 for seniors and free for full-time students with ID, faculty and staff. A livestream of the performance will be available to watch for free on the Oregon Center for the Arts YouTube channel. Attendees must present an ID along with proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test or a negative rapid antigen test within 48 hours of the show, and masks must be worn while on campus. For tickets and further information, see oca.sou.edu or call the Box Office at 541-552-6348.
Ashland Hanukkah Celebration: Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Oregon held a Hanukkah celebration on Nov. 28, at the Plaza in downtown Ashland, lighting the 10 foot Menorah. The menorah will be on display for the duration of the Chanukah holiday. On the final night of Hanukkah at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, the lighting will again take place lighting up all eight branches of the Menorah. Call 541-482-2778.
Jake Shimabukuro: Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro, with bassist Jackson Waldoff, and special guests Thunderstorm Artis on vocals (a finalist on “The Voice”) and Taku Hirano on percussion, will perform a holiday concert, “Christmas in Hawaii” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Shimabukuro will play popular holiday songs with Hawaiian stylings and selections from a repertoire of his hits, along with songs from his new album, “Jake and Friends,” released in November. Tickets are $39, $42 or $45; $28, $31 or $34 for ages 22 and younger, and can be purchased at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., in Medford, or by calling 541-779-3000. Before admission, audience members must present a photo ID and proof of full vaccination completed at least 14 days before performance date; those not fully vaccinated or children under the age of 12 must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the performance time, or a negative rapid antigen test taken within 6 hours. Masks must be worn at all times while inside the Craterian.
Ashland Festival of Light: The Ashland Chamber of Commerce launched its annual Festival of Light celebration Thursday, Nov. 18. The chamber has planned several activities, including prizes for shoppers, children’s scavenger hunt and a soundwalk. The Winter Soundwalk, a curated audio track featuring music from cultures around the world, will guide listeners through the festive downtown Ashland cityscape along a set path of visual installations from Nov. 26 to Jan 6. The map for the soundwalk, with each installation point marked, is available for download and printing, and viewing online. Participation is free. For further information, including the soundwalk map and audio streaming or download instructions see rogueworldmusic.org/soundwalk. For details about other chamber activities, see ashlandchamber.com.
Siskiyou Singers: The Siskiyou Singers will present a free online holiday concert, “The Most Wonderful Time,” premiering Saturday, Dec. 10, on the choir’s website, siskiyousingers.org. The concert can be viewed at any time after the premiere date. The program will include a collection of pieces in a wide range of styles, ranging from traditional to contemporary and from spirituals to jazz. The choir will present a version of ‘Silent Night,’” by Mark Hayes; John Rutter’s arrangement of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas;” the German carol “When Mary Walked Through Woods of Thorn;” “Lullay My Liking,” based on a 15th century Middle English lyric poem and composed by Gustav Holst; “Here’s a Pretty Little Baby,” an energetic Christmas spiritual; “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” a jazz waltz arrangement of the holiday standard; and a jazz interpretation of the classic “Winter Wonderland.”
Studio Roxander’s ‘The Nutcracker Ballet’: Studio Roxander returns to the stage with a newly renovated version of their annual full-length production of “The Nutcracker.” Guest artists from Philadelphia Ballet include Zecheng Liang and Thays Goltz (Dec. 10-12) and Ashton Roxander and Sydney Dolan (Dec. 17-19). Productions are scheduled for 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 10-19, at the Crater Performing Arts Center, 655 N. Third St., Central Point. Tickets are $12-$28. For details and tickets , see studioroxander.com or call 541-773-7272.
Gingerbread Wonderland: Teens ages 13 and older go beyond the basic gingerbread house and create their own gingerbread world from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. Prizes will be awarded for creativity, design, and execution. For further details see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679.
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. Each performance a unique experience, nothing is prepared, everything is created in the moment. Performances are scheduled for 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at Bellview Grange, 1050 Tolman Creek Road, Ashland. Advance tickets are $15 and are available online at hamazons.com. Masks are required and seats will be assigned — parties will be seated together. Doors open 15 minutes before performances. You must hold an advance ticket to attend the show. For details, see https://hamazons.com.
Christmas Sing-Along: The City of Gold Hill will offer a “Christmas Sing-Along” with live music from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Gold Hill City Park, located next to the Gold Hill Library, 202 Dardanelles St. Bring your flashlights, chairs, and blankets. Free refreshments will be served. After the sing-along, take a stroll to see the lights and festive decorations throughout the city. For further information call 541-855-1525.
Micah McCaw Holiday Show: Local musician Micah McCaw will hold a special Christmas show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, on his YouTube channel, youtube.com/watch?v=FG8Z8mGWQMA. The show, “Christmas at the Movies,” will feature famous songs from holiday movies and TV specials.
Stillpoint Ballet Company ‘The Nutcracker’: The Stillpoint Ballet Company will present the 30th annual performance of “The Nutcracker Ballet” at the Grants Pass Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Grants Pass High School, 830 N.E. Ninth St., Grants Pass. Performances are scheduled for 7: 30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 11-19, and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sundays, Dec. 12-18 and Dec. 19. As a gift to the community, tickets are $10 for opening night. Regular tickets for Section A are $15; Section B tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for youth ages 3 to 17, and for seniors 62 and older. Masks are required while in the venue. For further information, see gpnutcracker.org or call 541-476-4641.
Rogue Valley Symphonic Band: The Rogue Valley Symphonic Band will present a holiday concert, “Sounds of the Season,” featuring holiday music from around the world at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Tickets are $15, $5 for children and students. Tickets are available at Paddington Station, 125 E. Main St., in Ashland or online at roguevalleysymphonicband.org. Masks and proof of vaccination are required.
Southern Oregon Repertory Singers: Southern Oregon Repertory Singers’ return to live performance will be “The Waiting Sky,” a program of seasonal holiday music at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, at the Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. The program will include music from the Renaissance to the present by well-known and emerging composers, including ‘Ave Maria’ by Polish composer Pawel Lukaszewski; “The Christ Child’s Lullaby,” by Gwyneth Walker; “Winter,” a piece which includes visual projections, by Alvin Trotman; “Romance of the Angels,” arranged by Howard Goodall, and “My Lord Has Come,” a carol by Will Todd. Also on the program is a variety of seasonal songs from around the world, both ancient and modern; traditional secular carols such as “Wassail Carol,” “Jingle Bells,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”; and a commissioned setting of the Scottish favorite, “Auld Lang Syne,” by SORS accompanist and resident composer Jodi French. Tickets are $25. A livestream option is available for $10. All patrons must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and a photo ID at the door; masks must be worn. Unvaccinated persons will not be admitted, including children. For tickets and information, see repsingers.org or call 541-552-0900.
‘A Celtic Christmas’: Storyteller Tomaseen Foley and his troupe of professional musicians and dancers will present “A Celtic Christmas,” an evening of Celtic music, traditional Christmas carols, Irish dancing and stories from the west of Ireland at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $32, $35 or $38; $22, $25 or $28 for ages 22 and younger, and can be purchased at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., in Medford, or by calling 541-779-3000. Prior to admission, audience members must present a photo ID and proof of full vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to performance date; those not fully vaccinated or children under the age of 12 must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the performance time, or a negative rapid antigen test taken within 6 hours. Masks must be worn at all times while inside the Craterian.
Ugly Sweater Contest & Holiday Party
Teens 13 and older can join in a wacky ugly holiday sweater contest and virtual party at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20. A week before the program starts, pick up a kit with some holiday treats, a sweater, some decorations, and one special object that no one else has that you’ll need to incorporate with your sweater decorations. You’ll have from the time you pick up your kit to the time of the Zoom party to decorate. Then show off your sweaters at the holiday party on Zoom. The teen who uses their decorations most creatively, as decided by a vote, will win a gift card. For further details or to register, see jcls.org and click on Programs & Events and then JCLS Calendar or call 541-774-8679. Meeting details will be emailed to you when you register.
Holiday Open House at Hanley Farm: Take a step back in time as costumed docents guide you through the Hanley home and bring history to life with holiday tales and stories about Southern Oregon Historical Society’s Hanley family and farm. The historic farmhouse will be decorated and open for tours from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, at 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. Admission is $5, limit six people per tour. Masks and reservations are required. For reservations and further information see sohs.org, call 541-773-6536 or email at email@example.com.