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30th annual Festival of Light Celebration kicks off in Ashland this Friday, November 25th

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30th Annual Festival of Light Celebration Kicks off in Ashland this Friday, November 25th
 
Ashland, OR. -   Over one million lights and thousands of spectators will gather and glow this Friday, November 25th in Ashland.  Produced by the Ashland Chamber and Travel Ashland, the 30th annual Festival of Light Celebration kicks off the holiday season with the return of Santa's Arrival and the Grand Illumination.  Preparations have been underway and the finishing touches are happening to adorn Ashland with decorations and lights throughout town.  
 
This Friday, musical entertainment will begin on the Plaza at 2pm with Bekkah and the Dusty Rubies.  Youth musicians will join the band for a set at 3pm.  Treehouse Books and ScienceWorks Museum will present the Secret Storyworld of Gnome at 4pm, introducing a weekend scavenger hunt throughout downtown Ashland. Enjoy holiday carols sang by Greg Capp, event emcee, as we await Santa's Arrival, while shopping and dining. 
 
Santa's Arrival begins at 5pm the Ashland Public Library with a lantern-lit procession comprised of arts and children's organizations that will lead Santa and Mrs. Claus and their team of reindeer to the Plaza. Santa will make his way to the Brickroom Balcony to lead spectators in a carol and countdown to the Grand Illumination when over one million lights illuminate downtown. 
 
"We are thrilled to bring back Santa's Arrival and the Grand Illumination event this year, that marks the beginning of the holiday season here in Ashland.  This celebration has been welcoming visitors and locals for 30 years. It is a tradition close to our hearts that makes magical memories for all", says Sandra Slattery, Executive Director of the Ashland Chamber. 
 
Ashland comes alive during the holidays from now through the New Year, with holiday performance productions, restaurant and winery pairings and specials, festive shopping, skating at the ice rink, craft fairs, scavenger hunts and so much more.  Ashland Chamber gift certificates make great versatile gifts and keep your dollars local. They can be purchased online or in person.   
 
For all event and holiday season information, visit www.travelashland.com  and www.ashlandchamber.com .  Follow us on Instagram and Facebook @Travelashland and @AshlandChamberOregon


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