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Christmas tree lightings, holiday events in the Rogue Valley: Dec. 2

Medford's community Christmas tree will be lit during the Medford Winter Lights Festival Saturday, Dec. 3, in Pear Blossom Park. See listings. MT file photo

Jacksonville Victorian Christmas: The annual holiday tradition of a “Victorian Christmas,” begins with the Jacksonville Victorian Christmas parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, along California Street. Residents can catch Father Christmas from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 18, at the Beekman Bank, on the corner of California and Third Street, Jacksonville. There is no charge for taking your own photos with Santa. Special activities and tours will continue each weekend through Dec. 18, including wagon and trolley rides. For further information see jacksonvilleoregon.org or call 541-899-8118.

Holiday Greens Sale: The Jacksonville Garden Club will offer table arrangements, wreaths, swags and holiday decorations at its annual Holiday Greens sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, near the Jacksonville Post Office on the corner of Oregon and California Streets. Sweet treats made by club members will also be available for purchase. Proceeds support local scholarships and beautification projects. Call 541-899-2029.

Rogue Winterfest: Josephine County’s largest holiday festival, Rogue Winterfest, will be held at Evergreen Federal Bank’s Bear Hotel, 2101 Spalding Ave., Grants Pass. 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. Family-friendly activities take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4, during the Weekend Holiday Events. Also look for a virtual silent auction running through Sunday, Dec. 4. For details, see roguewinterfest.org or call 541-660-3430.

Letters to Santa: Children can deliver their letters to Santa and receive a letter back from the jolly man himself. Children can drop their letters off at the Special Delivery North Pole mailbox at the Santo Community Center, 701 N. Columbus Ave., Medford, or mail them to the same address no later than Friday, Dec. 16. All letters must include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Santa will mail back a personalized letter in time for Christmas. For further information call 541-774-2400 or see playmedford.com.

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 20 minutes. Learn the Victorian origins of popular Christmas traditions and about typical Victorian presents the Beekmans exchanged, 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 to the “bazaar” is free. Tickets for the tour are $10, $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Tours are not recommended for children under 6 years, and groups are limited to eight people at a time. You do not need to go on a tour to attend “Mrs. Beekman’s Christmas Bazaar.” For tickets and further information see historicjacksonville.org/victorian-christmas. Proceeds from both the tours and the bazaar go toward maintenance of Jacksonville’s historic buildings, programs and events. For questions call 541-245-3650 or email info@historicjacksonville.org.

Selfies with Santa: The Village at Medford Center, 711 Medford Center, Medford, will kick off “Selfies with Santa,” from 3 to 6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas, Dec. 25. There is no cost to attend, but donations are encouraged as the event features a different Santa every week who will be supporting a different local charity. For further information see thevillagemedfordcenter.com or call 310-235-0444.

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.

Winter Soundwalk: Rogue World Music will present their second annual Winter Soundwalk featuring music from cultures around the world relating to the winter season as it guides listeners through the festive downtown Ashland cityscape along a set path of visual installations through Friday, Jan 6. This SoundWalk lasts approximately 40 minutes and is no more than 0.5 miles long. For further details, including the link to stream the music and a map of the soundwalk, see rogueworldmusic.org/soundwalk.

Talent Community Tree Lighting: The city of Talent will hold a community Christmas tree lighting celebration beginning Friday, Dec. 2, at the Talent Community Hall, 206 E. Main St., Talent. Beginning at 5 p.m. children are invited to create their own special ornament at Talent Maker City, 304 E. Main St., Talent. At 6:15 p.m. Santa will arrive and lead community caroling, followed by holiday greetings from leading community members. At 7 p.m. Santa will flick the switch and light up the tree. The event will also feature refreshments, a local goods market, visits with Santa and more. For further information see cityoftalent.org or call 541-535-1566.

Ashland Santa Visit: Santa Claus will visit with kids at Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland, from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, during Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk. Also look for food for purchase from Sultan’s Delight food truck, live music, outdoor fire pits and complementary hot mulled wine (for adults 21 and older). For more information see northwestnatureshop.com/event or call 541-482-3241.

Grants Pass Tree Lighting: The city of Grants Pass will host their annual tree lighting celebration at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at the Holiday Plaza, Fifth and G streets. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with an ugly sweater party, silent disco and snacks. At 5:45 choir performances begin including the Music4Kids Choir and the Rogue Singers. Santa will arrive from the North Pole around 6:50 p.m. to light the community tree at 7 p.m. For further details see business.grantspasschamber.org or call 541-476-7717.

Operation Joy: The Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual “Operation Joy,” which invites the community to provide holiday cheer for elderly Community members with a holiday card. Pick up blank holiday cards at the Chamber office, 1995 N.W. Vine St., Grants Pass, along with a resident list, write a cheerful message, and return the completed cards to the chamber before Wednesday, Dec. 21, to be delivered. The chamber asks that writers forgo names and generally address cards as “Dear neighbor” or “Dear Friend.” For further information, email at cswafford@grantspasschamber.org or call 541-226-3101.

Scout Troop Christmas Tree Sale: The Ashland’s Boy Scout Troop 112 and 8112’s 64th annual Christmas Tree Sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Elks Lodge parking lot at Lithia Way and First streets in downtown Ashland. This year the troop will have farmed trees in the 6 to 8 foot range as well as local cut trees up to 12 feet. Mistletoe, decorated holiday wreaths, hot chocolate and coffee will also be available for purchase. Scouts will be on-hand to help select the best tree, carry it to your car and tie it on top, if needed. Sale of these trees helps to support the troop’s activities throughout the year. The troop’s and the Ashland Lion’s Club Christmas Tree Recycling is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 7, and it is recommended that trees are curbside the night of Friday, January 6. The recycled trees are chipped and used throughout parks in Ashland. For more information about the Troop 112 Annual Christmas Tree Sale or Troop 112 call 408-839-8470 or 512-695-9941, or see troop112.com.

Providence Festival of Trees: The 2022 Providence Festival of Trees will open the doors to a winter wonderland from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3-4, at the Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. The festival also features live entertainment by local performers and musicians. Admission tickets, sold at the door, are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children 3-12. Kids 2 and younger will be admitted free. Proceeds from this year’s event will help fund behavioral health programs at Providence Medford Medical Center and Providence Medical Group clinics. For further information see foundation.providence.org/oregon/southernoregon/events/festival-of-trees.

Medford Winter Lights Festival: Medford Parks and Recreation will hold its all-ages holiday celebration from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Pear Blossom Park near the Commons, at Fourth and Bartlett streets. The annual event will include a coloring contest for kids in the Lithia Lobby, photos with Santa, live performances, a candy cane hunt for kids, booths, activities and a fireworks show. The kids candy cane hunt kicks off the event at 4:30 p.m. For more info, call 541-774-2400 or see playmedford.com.

Phoenix Community Tree Lighting: The City of Phoenix will hold their annual community tree-lighting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Phoenix Plaza Civic Center, 220 N. Main St., Phoenix. Kids can help decorate the tree and greetings from the City of Phoenix, First Presbyterian Church, and Ashland Community Hospital Foundation will be shared. Santa will arrive at 5 p.m. to light the tree followed by snacks and music at the First Presbyterian Church, 121 W. Second St. For further information see travelphoenixoregon.com/events.

Central Point Community Christmas: Central Point’s annual Christmas parade will step off at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 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 and cookies, visits with Santa, live music performances and other fun activities for the whole family. For more information, see centralpointchamber.org.

Light Up Gold Hill: Santa will light up the tree at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Gold Hill City Park, located next to the Gold Hill Library, 202 Dardanelles St. Vintage cars, lit up for the holidays, will be in the library parking lot from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Festival of Trees will follow the events in the park from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Gold Hill IOOF Hall, 483 Fourth Ave., with a community dinner, music, decorated trees and a model train display. On Saturday, Dec. 10, Winter Fest will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. at the IOOF Hall. This family-friendly event will include snacks and numerous holiday themed activities such as Snowball Toss, Gingerbread Golf, and candle making. For further information, call 541-855-1525.

Eagle Point Christmas celebration: Eagle Point will kick off the holiday season with a tree-lighting celebration beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Bob Moore Park, 140 W. Main St. Festivities include caroling, lighting of the city Christmas tree, and visits with Santa. Santa’s “helpers” will pass out candy and stuffed animals to children at the Eagle Point City Hall, 17 S. Buchanan Ave. The Lions Club will hold a chili feed from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at City Hall. Cookies, coffee, cider and hot chocolate will also be served. Stuffed animal donations still needed. For further information, or to donate stuffed animals, call 541-944-2446 or 541-826-4974.

Rogue Valley Chorale: The Rogue Valley Chorale will celebrate its 50-year history with their annual winter concert, “A Chorale Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and again at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. The four-part concert centered on themes of hope, love, joy and peace, accompanied by spoken reflections. The program includes works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, R. Nathaniel Dett, Francis Poulenc, John Rutter, Egil Hovland, and more. The choir will be joined by founding Artistic Director Lynn Sjolund, who will guest conduct a special number. Tickets are $35, $15 for ages 22 and younger. For tickets and further details see craterian.org, visit the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or call 541-779-3000.

Spectrum Concert: The Southern Oregon University Spectrum Concert, directed by Christine Lundahl, will showcase a wide variety music and is a sample of the many different ensembles at SOU including Choir, Wind, Percussion, Jazz, SOU’s commercial music group MUSIX, and more, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. Admission is free; a livestream will be available at youtu.be/6Li_exRlk7Q. For further information see oca.sou.edu or call 541-552-6348.

Sensory Friendly Santa: A sensory and autism friendly Santa will be available to meet with children and their families for free in Medford, Grants Pass and online. Visits will be held in Medford from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 (Spanish speaking Santa), and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18; the Grants Pass visit will be held from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9; and online visits will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 17 (Spanish speaking Santa), and from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Registration is required; details will be provided upon registration. To register contact the Autism Society of Oregon by email at events@autismsocietyoregon.org or call 503-636-1676 (or 888-AUTISM-1).

High School Honor Band: High school band students from across Southern Oregon will perform a free concert at 3 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland. For further details email at lundahlc@sou.edu.

‘Christmas on the Air’: Bethel Church at Vista Pointe, 4245 Vista Pointe Dr., Medford, will present a family-friendly Christmas production, “Christmas on the Air.” It’s 1938. A local radio station must juggle their programming amidst difficult headlines, international storm clouds, and the fast approaching Christmas season. With plenty of humor and a cast of quirky characters you’ll find a timeless Christmas message of hope. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8-10. Admission is free. For further information see medfordbethel.com or call 541-779-5771, ext. 302.

Studio Roxander’s ‘The Nutcracker Ballet’: Studio Roxander returns to the stage with their annual full-length production of “The Nutcracker.” Guest artists from Philadelphia Ballet include Ashton Roxander and Sydney Dolan (Dec. 16-18 only). Productions are scheduled for 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 9-18, 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.

Siskiyou Singers: The choir, conducted by Mark Reppert, will celebrate the group’s 40th anniversary with “Very Merry Mozart,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10-11, in the Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., at Southern Oregon University, Ashland. The first part of the concert will feature Mozart’s “Coronation Mass” and “Regina Coeli,” performed with full orchestra and soloists. The second half will include a variety of holiday favorites, including Jason Robert Brown’s “Chanukah Suite,” a jazz interpretation of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and a shimmering version of “Silent Night,” arranged by Matthew Culloton. Tickets are $20, $5 for students and Oregon Trail Card holders, and can be purchased at Music Coop or Paddington Station in Ashland, or online at siskiyousingers.org.

Breakfast with Santa: Kids and their families can have breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Santo Community Center, 701 N. Columbus Ave., Medford. The event will be held in two sessions — from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., and 10 to 11 a.m. Admission is $6 for ages 16 and older, free for children 12 and younger. Each session is limited to 125 people. For further details call 541-774-2400 or see playmedford.com.

Talent Library Club Holiday Boutique: Shop for new or gently-used items suitable as gifts, featuring children’s and gift books, toys, knickknacks, and more from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Talent library, 101 Home St. All proceeds support programming and materials for the Talent library. For further details see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-535-4163.

Holiday Sing-Along Uke Jam: Local ukulele instructor Tish McFadden will lead a holiday sing-along and uke jam from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Pebblestone Cellars, 1670 Pioneer Road, Talent. Songbooks available; all acoustic instruments and voices are welcome. Call 541-840-8075.

Stillpoint Ballet Company ‘The Nutcracker’: The Stillpoint Ballet Company will present the 31st annual performance of “The Nutcracker Ballet” at the Grants Pass Performing Arts Center, 313 N.E. Olive St., Grants Pass. Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 10-18. Tickets for Section A are $20; Section B tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for youth ages 3 to 17, Military members and seniors 62 and older. For further information, see gpnutcracker.org or call 541-476-4641.

Pop-up Hanukkah Gift Shop: Stop by for all your Hanukkah needs including candles, menorahs, dreidels, gifts and more from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday through Friday, Dec. 11-16, at the Chabad of Southern Oregon, 1474 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. For further information call 541-482-2778.

Children’s Hanukkah Fair: Chabad of Southern Oregon will host a Children’s Hanukkah Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Chabad of Southern Oregon, 1474 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Kids of all ages can tie-dye beanies, decorate doughnuts, make a menorah, play in a rainbow dreidel playoff, get their groove on in a Hanukkah dance challenge and more. Registration is required. For further information or to register see chabadofashland.org/Chanukah2022 or call 541-482-2778.

Children’s Christmas Storytime: Kids ages 3 and older are invited to hear Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s actor, dramaturg, and lecturer, Barry Kraft, read “The Polar Express,” at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Jacksonville library, 340 W. C St. A simple train craft will be offered after the story. For further details see jcls.libcal.com or call 541-899-1665.

‘Holly-Days’: The Holly Theatre, located at 226 W. Sixth St., Medford, will host its third annual “Holly-Days” spectacular from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, with refreshments and live music. The free concert will be held outdoors beneath the Holly’s iconic marquee at Sixth and Holly streets in downtown Medford and feature an array of musical holiday standards performed by members of the North Medford High School band and Rogue Voices. Hot drinks and cookies will be served. The concert will coincide with Medford’s Third Friday Art Walk. For more information see hollytheatre.org or find Holly Theatre on Facebook.

Southern Oregon Repertory Singers: The choir, led by conductor Paul French, will present their holiday concert, “And the Stars Looked Down,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, in the Music Recital Hall, 450 S. Mountain Ave., at Southern Oregon University, Ashland. The concert will include Rep Singers’ traditional holiday mix of art music and carols, both familiar and unique. There will be music by new composers and by established masters such as John Rutter, Bob Chilcot and Ola Gjeilo. Jodi French’s “Auld Lang Syne” will be reprised by popular request. Tickets are $42-$15, $5 for students and Oregon Trail Card holders. Tickets are available at repsingers.org. For further information call 541-552-0900.

Hanukkah Faire: The Havurah Synagogue will host their annual Hanukkah Faire, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Havurah Synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Hot potato latkes, a traditional Hanukkah treat, will be for sale with all the trimmings. The festivities include Hanukkah menorah making, beeswax candle rolling, playing the dreidel game and face painting. At approximately 5:45 p.m. Rabbi David Zaslow will lead the communal candle lighting and songs (everyone is invited to bring their own menorah), followed by a Hanukkah story by storyteller, Debra Zaslow. More Hanukkah songs will follow led by Para Rabbi Cyrise Beatty Schachter and the Asiyah Trio. The fair is free and open to all. For further details call 541-488-7716.

Children’s Polar Express Event: Kids can join “The Conductor” as he reads the story, “The Polar Express” Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Children’s Museum of Southern Oregon, 413 W. Main St., Medford. This special event also includes hot chocolate, cookie decorating, crafts, activities and more. “Boarding” times are in 2-hour slots between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for children, $10 for adults. Tickets can be purchased online at tcmso.org, or in-person at the museum. For further details see tcmso.org or call 541-772-9922.

Ashland Hanukkah Celebration: The Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Oregon will hold their 19th annual Hanukkah celebration on the first night of Hanukkah beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Plaza in downtown Ashland. Events begin with the ceremony of lighting of a 10-foot menorah. The festivities will include local dignitaries, the Great Chocolate Coin Drop, live music, latkes and doughnuts for sale, singing of traditional Hanukkah songs and more. This event will be held regardless of weather conditions. For further information see chabadofashland.org/Chanukah2022 or call 541-482-2778.

Grants Pass Hanukkah Party: The Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Oregon will hold their annual Hanukkah celebration at 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, at the Redwood Grange, 1830 Redwood Ave., Grants Pass. Events begin with the ceremony of lighting a 10-foot menorah. The festivities will include local dignitaries, live music, latkes and doughnuts for sale, singing of traditional Hanukkah songs and more. This event will be held regardless of weather conditions. For further information see chabadofashland.org/Chanukah2022 or call 541-482-2778.

Medford Hanukkah Celebration: The Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Oregon will hold their annual Hanukkah celebration at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, in downtown’s Vogel Plaza, at the corner of Central Avenue and Main Street. Events begin with the ceremony of lighting a 10-foot menorah. The festivities will include local dignitaries, live music, latkes and doughnuts for sale, singing of traditional Hanukkah songs and more. This event will be held regardless of weather conditions. For further information see chabadofashland.org/Chanukah2022 or call 541-482-2778.

New York Jewish Pop Up Deli: The Chabad Jewish Center will hold a pop-up New York-style deli from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 21-22, at the Chabad Center, 1474 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland. Authentic New York deli classics such as pastrami sandwiches will be served along with latkes and doughnuts. Also look for Hanukkah music, games of dreidel and lighting of the menorah at 6 p.m. Other menu items include matzah ball soup and kugel. For further information see chabadofashland.org/Chanukah2022 or call 541-482-2778.

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. Thursday, Dec. 22, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $32, $35, $32, and $22, $25, $28 for ages 22 and younger. Tickets and information are available at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.

Last Night Hanukkah Celebration: The Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Oregon will celebrate the last night of Hanukkah at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 25, at the Plaza in downtown Ashland, by lighting up the entire 10-foot menorah. Festivities also include live music, latkes and doughnuts for sale, singing of traditional Hanukkah songs and more. This event will be held regardless of weather conditions. For further information see chabadofashland.org/Chanukah2022 or call 541-482-2778.

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 during this annual event. The historic farmhouse will be decorated and open for tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26, at 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. For reservations, tickets and further information see sohs.org, call 541-773-6536 or email at info@sohs.org.

Straight No Chaser: The 25th-anniversary celebration of the male a cappella group Straight No Chaser, formed at Indiana University during the 1996-97 school year, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 30, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. The program features a mix of holiday staples, R&B smooth jams and stadium anthems with swagger and spirit. The group has sold more than three million albums, earned two gold albums, garnered more than a billion streams, and sold more than 1.5 million concert tickets worldwide. Tickets and information are available at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.

NYE Concert: A New Year’s Eve concert will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at the First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, 1615 Clark Ave, Ashland. The concert will feature pianists Joseph Yungen and Laurie Anne Hunter, singers Shelly Cox-Thornhill, Jennifer Matsuura and Brandt Nakamura, flutist Debra Harris, violinist Kathleen Strahm and cellist Michal Palzewicz. Donations are accepted at the door. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. For further details call 541-482-3536.