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Holiday events in the Rogue Valley: Dec. 10

Kyndra Laughery, left, Eve Smyth and Cil Stengel make up the comedy improv group The Hamazons. See listing below. Courtesy photo.
In Focus: 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 further details see hamazons.com.

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. Take tours inside the Beekman House, have photos with Father Christmas and more. 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.

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 info@historicjacksonville.org.

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 through Jan. 3. 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. To participate in the scavenger hunt, follow the clues found at Ashlandchamber.com/fol to find all eight magical elves hidden around Ashland at eight different locations and fill out your card. Once your card is full, turn it back into the Ashland Chamber (drop into mail slot if office is closed or email to dana@ashlandchamber.com) to win a prize. You will also be entered into a drawing for the grand prize. 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.

Southern Oregon Heavy Metal Music Society: The tuba group will perform a holiday concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at the Rogue Valley Mall, 1600 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. For further information call 541-476-8916.

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 livestream 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.

Pet Selfies with Santa: Southern Oregon Humane Society will host a free photo opportunity to have holiday photos with your pet and Santa and Mrs. Claus from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at the “Winter Globe” (in the north barrel vault common area), at The Village Medford Center, 711 Medford Center, Medford. Use your personal camera, smartphone, or selfie-stick to capture photos of loved ones and pets in the holiday scene. SoHumane “elves” will be on-hand to help. Christmas collars, bandannas, jingle bells, and more for your pets will be available to borrow. For further details see sohumane.org or call 541-779-3215.

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.

Michal Palzewicz Holiday Tea & Cello: Cellist Michal Palzewicz will perform a holiday cello concert with afternoon tea service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, at Lovejoy’s Tea Room, 96 N. Main St., #201, Ashland. The afternoon tea service will include delicate tea sandwiches, a warm scone served with clotted cream and raspberry preserves, petit fours and chocolate truffles, and a bottomless pot of tea. Tickets are $60, and advance reservations are required. Limited seating available. See lovejoystearoom-ashland.com or call 541-708-6718.

‘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. The first tour begins at 10:10 a.m. and the last tour will be given at 2:45 p.m. 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 info@sohs.org.