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MOB 2019 Festival of Light


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Around Town –
Enjoy all Ashland has to offer this season!


Dine at one of Ashland’s Restaurants
during the Holiday Season
 

Click here to view Holiday Restaurant Hours



Find your Holiday Spirit in Ashland’s
Season of Celebration and Shop Local

Caroling each Saturday

Shop Local - Support Independent Businesses this Holiday Season

Holiday Gift Guide available around Nov. 22nd

Click here for information on
 Shop Small / Shop Local! 


 

The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink

59 Winburn Way, Ashland
http://www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=14057​  

It’s that time of year again to lace up your skates and hit the ice! The Ashland Rotary Centennial Ice Rink will officially open on Thursday, November 21, 2019. The outdoor rink, a division of Ashland Parks & Recreation, is located at 95 Winburn Way, across from the Lithia Park playground, around the corner from the Plaza, and at the corner of Nutley Street and Winburn Way.

The 2019-2020 Season will feature something for everyone… Bring the whole family! For more information on prices, schedules, lessons, programming, hockey, scholarships and all we have to offer you, visit AshlandParksandRec.org or call the ice rink directly at 541.488.9189. You may also call the Ashland Parks and Recreation office at 541.488.5340. 

Watch for details on the annual First Frost event that will be held in December this year. This gala celebration culminates the spirit of the outdoor rink and the holidays! Psst kids, tell your parents Chilly the Snowman and Santa’s elves will be at First Frost on Saturday, December 14. Complete details online at AshlandParksandRec.org.

We hope you can experience one of the most magical places in Ashland… that little outdoor rink in beautiful Lithia Park, where the air is fresh, the white lights are twinkling and the music blends with the sounds of nature and blades on the ice… “Let’s skate!”

Follow us on social media… Facebook & Instagram @AshlandParksandRec

 


Paddington Station Holiday Open House​

November 23 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm​
125 East Main Street, Ashland

https://paddingtonstationashland.com/event/holiday-open-house/​  

The Hammonds invite you to the Paddington Family of Stores’ 46th Annual Open House, November 23rd from 11am until 7pm. This family-favorite local tradition is the perfect kick-off to the holiday season!

Prizes,  giveaways, and product demos will be taking place at all four locations, but the main attraction will remain  at the flagship store, Paddington Station. Throughout the day, there will be family activities and crafts, performances from the Rogue Valley’s finest youth musicians, and gourmet culinary sampling from favorite local vendors.

Visit the website above for full details!


Craft Friday - An Alternative to Black Friday​​

Friday, November 29, 2019 - 11:00 AM  5:00 PM
SO Bestow - 1606 Ashland Street, Ashland


​​Swing by the shop and craft a gift for yourself or a loved one! Rather than spending on big corporations, why not get crafty and creative with us! We’ll have:

  • A Macrame Station - where you can design your own custom plant hanger, mini hanger, pet collar or keychain! Scoop up a new plant while you are here to complete the gift!
  • Customized dog/cat tag with our stamps and tags.
  • A Cork Mounted Epiphyte - build your own living wall art using our cork mounts and an epiphyte of your choice! Epiphyte’s don't need soil to grow, instead they attach themselves to other plants, trees, signs, fence posts, and even rocks. They take their moisture and nutrients from the air, rain, water or from debris accumulating around it. Lucky for us, many of these species make beautiful living wall art!
  • DIY Potting Station - get creative with your new pot and plant! You can paint your own terracotta, choose your plant, choose your soil, and BAM! You’re set with a fresh new baby, DIY’d by the one and only - you!

Prices vary based on project! We’ll be crafting all day!

 


Community Celebration with Holiday Open House, Artisan Market, Music and Magic Show at Northwest Nature Shop​

Friday November 29th​
154 Oak St., Ashland from 12 - 5 pm

northwestnaturehop.com​​

A celebration of local tastes and talents of our Rogue Valley with artisan refreshments and wine tasting of South Stage Cellars Wine. Outside in the NW Nature Shop and Bestow and Bloom Alley shop from many local holiday craft vendors while enjoying complimentary hot mulled wine. A Holiday Magic Show performed by Magical Michael at 1:30 and 3 pm delights children of any age. Talented and entertaining Robbie DaCosta playing a mix of rockabilly, rhythm and blues 4-5 pm. Warm up outside with fire pits and local community holiday cheer. All activities are free.

Call 541-482-3241 or visit northwestnaturehop.com for more information.
 


41st annual Harvest Show of Fine Woodworking

November 29 - December 1, 2019
Hay‑Patton Rehearsal Center
Days/­Hours Open: Fri 10am‑7pm, Sat 10am‑6pm, Sun 10am‑4pm  Free

Finely made wooden items: Furniture, Turnings (bowls), Carving, Instruments (sometimes) and more. Meet the local Craftspeople that can design and create something special for you. Unique work available to buy directly from builders.
 


Ashland Armory Christmas Faire

Thanksgiving Weekend
Friday, November 29 ~ 10am- 7pm
Saturday, November 30 ~ 10am-6pm
Sunday, December 1 ~ 11am-4pm​

https://www.facebook.com/LithiaArtisansMarket/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARDW1WWKoCvIEK2jG_O8YVUwNjMLhGzqjmNbV7op3l9SSr4DK5-sSnfqdI0gWZIesuyTz5MzajZn_HTU 
 
The Ashland Armory Christmas Faire is a time-honored downtown Ashland tradition which runs in conjunction with Ashland’s Festival of Light. Christmas Faire features nearly 50 artists and craftspeople who select their most gift-worthy work for the Faire. Join us at the Historic Ashland Armory for inspired holiday shopping and live music. Food and drinks will be available at the event.

A raffle drawing will be held on Sunday afternoon at both of our holiday events. Winner receives a $100 gift certificate.

FREE ADMISSION!


Festival of Gifts

November 29
OSF Welcome Center (corner of Main and Pioneer) - 4–7pm


Find your holiday spirit at the 2019 Festival of Light Celebration in Ashland on Friday, November 29. And while you’re there, join us at the Festival of Gifts in the OSF Welcome Center (corner of Main and Pioneer) from 4–7 p.m. We’ll have OSF gift certificates available, and the Tudor Guild will be there with a wonderful selection of gift items in all sizes and shapes—including OSF caps, sweatshirts, mugs and Shakespeare-themed merchandise—perfect for any budget. And don’t forget to enter the OSF Ticket Giveaway for a chance to win a pair of tickets to any 2020 season performance.


Poinsettia Festival at the Ashland Greenhouses

Saturday, Nov 30th, 2019​  
650 E Ashland Lane, Ashland
10:00am to 4:00pm
www.ashlandgreenhouses.com
 
Join us inside the warm greenhouses for our Annual Poinsettia Festival. Walk through thousands of colorful poinsettias. Enjoy a hot beverage, snack, and some festive music. Shop local holiday vendors for handcrafted finds. There will even be a staged area to take your Christmas photo. Everyone gets a free raffle ticket upon arrival for a chance to win great prizes.

***NEW FOR 2019*** SANTA IS COMING. See Santa and take a picture from 11:00am-2:00pm. 

 


Santa Claus is Coming to Paddington Express (two dates)

Tuesday, December 3rd @ 4:00 - 7:00 pm​ 
Saturday, December 14th @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm​
300 East Main Street, Ashland


For a $5 donation, bring your camera and get a picture with the Jolly Old Man!

All money raised will be donated to Polar Bears International. Help us save the Polar Bears, one Santa Visit at a time!

For more information on Polar Bears International, visit: http://polarbearsinternational.org/


Oregon Cabaret Theatre presents: Miracle on 34th St.​​

November 21st - December 31st​
1st & Hargardine, Ashland
www.theoregoncabaret.com
 
When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court and a little girl’s belief makes the difference in the ‘miracle.’ With live Foley effects and a score of holiday carols, Miracle on 34th St. is a beloved musical that will melt even the most cynical of hearts. Call (541) 488-2902 to reserve your tickets today or visit www.theoregoncabaret.com
 


Camelot Theatre Company presents: Peter Pan

November 27 - December 31, 2019​​
101 Talent Ave. at Main Street, Talent
http://www.camelottheatre.org
 
Original Music & Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film


Our season concludes with the musical that literally flies off of the stage and into your heart! James M. Barrie’s classic tale of the boy who won’t grow up. The Darling children act out Peter Pan stories, much to the chagrin of their grumpy father, Peter – and his sidekick Tinkerbell – visit the nursery and whisk them off to Never Neverland to meet Lost Boys, noble Islanders, and pirates - including the infamous Captain Hook. Once, Peter cut off Hook’s hand and fed it to a crocodile. Ever since, there has been a bitter rivalry between the two. This joyous tribute to youth includes the songs “I’ve Gotta Crow”, “Never Neverland”, “I’m Flying”, and “Hook’s Waltz”. So come with us where dreams are born and time is never planned. The Broadway Premier in 1954 starred Mary Martin as Peter Pan and Cyril Ritchard, - both actors took home Tony Awards for their performances. 
 


The 37th annual Dickens' Christmas Feast at the Winchester Inn

Dec 4th - 8th, 11th - 15th, 19th - 24th​
35 S Second Street, Ashland

www.winchesterinn.com
 
The Dickens' Christmas in Ashland is the perfect way to get your friends and family into the Holiday Season!  The feast consists of an amazing take on a traditional six course Christmas feast. A fun and energetic group of festive Carolers in Dickens Christmas costumes entertain all as they stroll through the restaurant singing traditional Dickens Christmas carols.  You can even look forward to a visit by ol' Saint Nick as he brings presents to kids one to ninety two. The Dickens' Christmas feast in Ashland is a longstanding tradition that both locals and people visiting Ashland from all over the world have come to love as part of their yearly holiday tradition.
 
Call (541) 488-1115 for reservations. 


First Friday Art Walk (December)
Friday, December 6th, 5:00pm to 8:00pm
www.ashlandgalleries.com/events/first-friday-artwalk

Stroll the galleries during the holiday season, taking in all of the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this year-round free community event, filled with spectacular artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts! 

Pick up a Gallery Tour Map at any member gallery, the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, or download off of the Gallery Association website.
 


Community Celebration with Holiday Open House, Artisan Market, Music and Magic Show at Northwest Nature Shop​

Friday November 29th​
154 Oak St., Ashland from 12 - 5 pm

northwestnaturehop.com​​
A celebration of local tastes and talents of our Rogue Valley with artisan refreshments and wine tasting of South Stage Cellars Wine. Outside in the NW Nature Shop and Bestow and Bloom Alley shop from many local holiday craft vendors while enjoying complimentary hot mulled wine. A Holiday Magic Show performed by Magical Michael at 1:30 and 3 pm delights children of any age. Talented and entertaining Robbie DaCosta playing a mix of rockabilly, rhythm and blues 4-5 pm. Warm up outside with fire pits and local community holiday cheer. All activities are free.

Call 541-482-3241 or visit northwestnaturehop.com for more information.

 


Santa Claus visits Outdoor Holiday Market​

First Friday, December 6th​
154 Oak St., Ashland from 5 - 8 pm

northwestnaturehop.com

Northwest Nature Shop hosts an outdoor European-style open-air market with Santa Claus for First Friday on Friday December 6th from 5-8 pm. Local youth clubs and non-profit groups will offer food for sale and holiday items such as wreaths, mistletoe and holiday crafts. Enjoy live entertainment, outdoor fire pits, and unique homemade goodies. At 7 pm Southern Oregon Ukulele Band led by Tish McFadden performs holiday tunes. Meet and take pictures with Santa Claus from 5-7 pm.

For more information call 541-482-3241 or visit our website: www.northwestnatureshop.com
 


Make Your Own Holiday Wreath

December 7th​
154 Oak St., Ashland 11am

northwestnaturehop.com

Gather your family, friends, and neighbors to make beautiful holiday wreaths at the Northwest Nature Shop on Saturday December 7th at 11 am. Enjoy creating a holiday wreath using materials gathered from nature. The class offers step-by-step instructions to make and decorate a holiday wreath for your home. A variety of seasonal greens and cones will be provided for students to create a wreath to celebrate the season and enjoy its aroma. Bring clippers and garden gloves. Welcome the holiday season with your own festive wreath or make a gift for someone special.

Sign up at the Northwest Nature Shop, 154 Oak St., Ashland or call 541 482-3241. Ages 8 to adult. $15 per person.
 


Ashland Ski & Gear Swap

Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th​
SOU (Rogue River Room inside the Stevenson Union) – 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland
www.ashlandskiswap.com 

The Ashland Ski & Gear Swap is open to the public on Saturday, December 7th, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday, December 8th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The sale includes outdoor gear for all four seasons. Including, but not limited to:

• Skis • Rafts • Snowboards • Camping Equipment • Snowshoes • Backpacks • Winter Clothing • Fly Fishing Gear • Paddles • Lifejackets • XC Skis • Ice Skates • And Lots More!

Sunday Discounts
On Sunday, a majority of items are discounted 25% off.

 


Siskiyou Singers: “Ceremony of Carols”​

Friday, December 13th - Sunday, December 15th 
SOU Music Recital Hall - 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland
http://siskiyousingers.org/

Join Siskiyou Singers and Director Mark Reppert for an exquisite choral presentation celebrating Christmas, featuring Benjamin Britten’s glorious and enchanting “Ceremony of Carols.” Lending her talents to this piece will be harpist Ellen Lindquist. Our concert's first half will also feature the sacred “Hodie Christus Natus Est” by Palestrina and “Angelus ad Virginem,” a 13th century carol.

Our second half will include many other wonderful holiday songs honoring the season. Highlights will include the haunting “Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind” by John Rutter and a gorgeous arrangement of “Silent Night.” Rounding out this joyous concert will be “We Wish You a Merry Christmas."

 


Winter Solstice Celebration​​

Saturday, December 21st​
154 Oak St., Ashland from 5-7pm

northwestnaturehop.com

It's the longest night of the year, and the Northwest Nature Shop is kicking it off with a Solstice Celebration on Saturday December 21st 5-7 pm in the Northwest Nature Shop alleyway 154 Oak St. Ashland. Solstice storytelling, music and refreshments. Warm up with fire pits, and warm drinks. 

For more information call 541-482-3241 or visit our website: www.northwestnatureshop.com/events.

 


Free Christmas Dinner to ALL​​​

Christmas Day (December 25th, 2019)
at the Historic Ashland Armory (208 Oak @ B Street), from 12-4 PM!​


You're warmly invited to the 40th Annual Free Community Christmas Dinner (on Christmas Day - Wednesday, December 25th, 2019 - from 12 Noon - 4 PM), at the Ashland Historic Armory (208 Oak @ B Street)! Come and enjoy a freshly-prepared Buffet-style Turkey Dinner (with ALL of the trimmings & dessert). Enjoy the Holiday Decor and Live Holiday music. Since 1980, Ashland Christian Fellowship (www.ACFweb.org), has hosted this very special event - by joining with merchants & community volunteers to feed a traditional Christmas dinner to as many as 900 people! For more info (or to request meals-to-go deliveries - in the Ashland/Talent area), call Heather at Ashland Christian Fellowship (Tuesdays- Thursdays, between 9 AM & 1 PM - before Thursday, December 19th), at 541-482-8539 .... or e-mail Heather, at: AshlandChristianFellowship@gmail.com
 


New Year’s Eve Bash at the Ashland Springs Hotel

New Year's Eve (Tuesday, December 31st, 2020)
8pm – 1am inside the Grand Ballroom

www.ashlandspringshotel.com/bash/

New Year’s Eve Bash Tickets:

  • Dance the night away to live music by Danielle Kelly Soul Project 
  • Dinner Buffet by Executive Chef Franco Console of LARKS Home Kitchen Cuisine 
  • Complimentary glass of wine
  • Complimentary champagne toast at midnight 
  • Complimentary Bloody Mary’s for two with New Year’s Day Brunch purchase at Larks Restaurant on January 1st. (separate brunch reservations required)

$75 per Guest – inclusive of tax & gratuity 
(full bar available all night for purchase of craft cocktails, local beer and wine)

541.631.2006 for reservations 


New Year’s Day Brunch at the Ashland Springs Hotel 

New Year's Day (Wednesday, January 1st, 2020)
10am – 2pm at Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine

www.ashlandspringshotel.com/new-years-day-brunch/

Don’t miss out on the perfect first meal of 2020! Enjoy a delicious brunch selection of savory and sweet from Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine. Complimentary Bloody Mary’s for two with booking of both the New Year’s Eve Bash & New Year’s Day Brunch.

$28 per Guest


First Friday Art Walk (January)

Friday, January 3rd, 5:00pm to 8:00pm
www.ashlandgalleries.com/events/first-friday-artwalk

Stroll the galleries, taking in all of the visual delights in downtown Ashland and the Historic Railroad District. Enjoy this year-round free community event, filled with spectacular artwork, live music, artist demonstrations, refreshments and conversation with other art enthusiasts! 

 
Thank you to our 2019 Festival of Light Sponsors


City of Ashland
Bullet Rental & Sales
Ashland Fiber Network
Chase Bank
Canopy - The Care of Trees
Rosebud Media
Asante Ashland Community Hospital
Southern Oregon University
Harry & David
Brickroom
Recology Ashland
Platt Anderson Cellars
Shop'n Kart
Ashland TC Chevy
First Interstate Bank
 
Neuman Hotel Group - Allen & Karen Drescher - EMyth



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