5 picks for live entertainment
Christmas Lights Tour
Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and holiday music while riding a shuttle on the Christmas Holiday Lights Tour through Medford and Jacksonville. The two-hour tour is set for Friday, Dec. 23. Board at 6:15 p.m. at Main Street Tours, 800 N. Main St., Ashland, or 6:35 p.m. at Harry & David's Country Store, 1314 Center Drive, in Medford. Tickets are $20, $15 for ages 11 and younger, and can be purchased online at ashland-tours.com/holiday-christmas-light-tours.
Tomáseen Foley's 'A Celtic Christmas'
Storyteller Tomáseen Foley and award-winning Celtic musicians, singers and dancers will present a Christmas Eve journey to a West Ireland farmhouse where neighbors converge to share “gifts of music, song, dance and story” at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at the Craterian Theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford. Tickets are $29, $32 or $35, $20, $23 or $26 for ages 18 and younger, and can be purchased online at craterian.org, at the box office, 16 S. Bartlett St., or by calling 541-779-3000.
With book by James A. Michener and lyrics and music by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, "South Pacific" is a heart-warming tale of love, romance and war set in an island paradise. Look for such classic tunes as “Younger than Springtime,” “There’s Nothing Like a Dame,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” and “Some Enchanted Evening.” Curtain is at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 22-24, Tuesday through Saturday, Dec. 27-31, Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 5-7, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8. Tickets are $36 and can be purchased online at camelotheatre.org or by calling 541-535-5250.
Historic House and Farm Tours
Experience holiday celebrations set in the late 1800s at historic Beekman House in Jacksonville and Hanley Farm in Central Point. Guides in Victorian costumes will share the origins of the historical sites, along with traditions and customs of the era. Tour Beekman House, 470 E. California St., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26. Admission is $2 with a donation of canned food for ACCESS. See Hanley Farmhouse, 1053 Hanley Road, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 26-27. Tours are $5 at Hanley Farm, $3 for ages 12 and younger.
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Craig Wright — along with backup singers Savannah True Randall and Laynie McCartney — will perform originals and such oldies as Jim Croce's "Bad Bad Leroy Brown," right alongside new material by Beyonce and Adele, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Belle Fiore Winery, 100 Belle Fiore Lane (off Dead Indian Memorial Road), Ashland. Admission is free. See www.bellefiorewine.com or call 541-552-4900.