Rogue Winterfest is an annual, premier community event and fundraiser that benefits three nonprofit mental health agencies: Family Solutions, Kairos and Options for Southern Oregon. Now in its 18th year the Festival has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars for much needed behavioral and mental health programs for approximately 15,000 children, adults and families in Southern Oregon.

This year’s event dates are Tuesday, December 1 through Sunday, December 6.  However, like most large events Rogue Winterfest has decided to change to a virtual platform this year so that our community can remain safe in their homes.  If you haven’t been able to attend our Festivals in the past, this is your opportunity!

Rogue Winterfest is excited people can “attend” the 2020 Festival virtually and that we will potentially reach a much larger audience than our always sold out events. Guests will be able to view and bid on exquisitely decorated trees online, watch a recorded show with Santa and his friends including crafts, stories, entertainment and MORE! They can also bid on unique items during our virtual silent auction. Our designers and staff are creatively working behind the scenes to bring you a quality online virtual experience like no other!

Rogue Winterfest is powered by the support of its many wonderful sponsors. Evergreen Federal Bank has gone above and beyond to help make the 2020 Festival successful during these challenging times.  It is sponsors like them who are committed to the vital fundraising efforts for Rogue Winterfest. Their belief in how our organizations positively impact so many individuals is what makes our community such a great place to live!

Family Solutions, Kairos, and Options for Southern Oregon are all local agencies that have each provided mental health programs for 30+ years. More individuals are reaching out for services, especially since the pandemic and fires. These organizations feel it’s important for the community to stay connected and not feel isolated.  Sharing  Rogue Winterfest events virtually for FREE is a way for families to enjoy the holiday Festival from their homes. Please check out website for more details on the virtual 2020 Rogue Winterfest – .

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Keep Your Family Safe During the Holidays

What is on top of every First Responder’s wish list this Holiday Season?  Your family’s safety!  The adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is certainly true and—when simple prevention is ignored—our alarm bells ring!

Please take note of these tips this holiday season:

Inspect electrical decorations before use.  Look for damaged or frayed wires, and replace any component that shows wear.

Do not overload electrical outlets.  Overloaded electrical outlets and faulty    wiring are a common cause of fires

Never connect more than three strings of incandescent lights.  In fact, consider low-wattage LED strings.

Keep trees fresh by watering daily.  A dry evergreen inside your home is a fire hazard.

Use battery operated candles.  Candles start almost half of home decoration fires.

Keep combustibles at least three feet away from heat sources.  A heat source that was too close to a decoration was a factor in half of home fires that began with decorations.

Protect cords from damage.  To avoid shock or overheating, cords should never be pinched by furniture, forced into small spaces such as doors or windows, placed under rugs, located near heat sources, or attached by nails or staples.

Check decorations for certification labels.  Decorations not bearing a label from an independent testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Canadian Standards Association (CSA), or Intertek (ETL) have not been tested for safety and could be hazardous.

Stay in the kitchen when something is cooking.  Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of home cooking fires.

Turn off, unplug, and extinguish all decorations when going to sleep or leaving the house.  Half of home fire deaths occur between the hours of 11:00pm and 7:00am.

Happy Holidays!

Captain Brian Bolstad

Jackson County Fire District 5

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Celebrate Victorian Christmas in Jacksonville

 Join in the Victorian Christmas Celebration activities in Jacksonville, Oregon.

Holiday Festivities continue on weekends up to Christmas

Christmas Tree Lighting, caroling at 5pm. and visits with Father Christmas from 11am-4pm on  Novemer 30th, 2019.

 Experience an old fashioned Holiday Season every Saturday and Sunday  in December when Historic Jacksonville is transformed into a 19th Century village celebrating Christmas in Victorian style.  Enjoy the buildings decorated with greenery and lights. Listen to  and join in with strolling  Carolers. Sip some hot cider from a street side stand. Take a horse drawn wagon ride.

Don’t miss the Victorian Christmas Parade at 10am.

Stop by Dan McGeorge Photo Gallery to visit Father Christmas. Bring your camera to take photos of your kiddos

Take a ride on the Holly Jolly Trolley for just $1 as it makes a short loop around town and lets you off to shop and eat.

Make sure one of your stops is the 1873 Beekman House Museum at 470 E. California. It’s decorated for a Victorian Christmas in the late 1800s. Costumed docents share the origins of holiday traditions during 1- hour tours between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. every weekend. Find the good luck pickle on the Christmas tree; steal a kiss under the mistletoe; and sample one of Mrs. Beekman’s sugar cookies.

You also can step behind the counter of the Beekman Bank Museum, the oldest financial institution in the Pacific Northwest. Peer in drawers, walk in the vault, and interact with docents sharing stories of late 19th Century banking practices, gold shipping, and handshake deals.

And there are special activities and events every day! For a complete list of event, times, and locations visit and







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The Nutcracker Ballet presented by Stillpoint Dance Studio

A Magical performance of Stillpoint’s presentation of The Nutcracker in Grants Pass at Grants Pass Performing Arts Center.

A Holiday Tradition every December not to be missed.

Tickets on sale now.





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Rogue Winterfest 2019

A wonderful time for  the Holiday Season. Bring the family for the weekend events to see Santa and Mrs. Claus, play games, see the beautiful decorations, local art and more.

Activities include Fishing at the North Pole, Coloring and Letters to Santa, holiday building project with The Home Depot, face painting by Leslie Heidner Body Art, and taking that perfect photo in the spectacular Southern Oregon Adventure setting.

Every 45 minutes, the entertainment on the big stage will change, ranging from bands to choirs to individual singers to classical performers during this live musical mash-up.

Santa will be available for pictures, so bring your camera.

Evergreen Federal Bank will feature its spectacularly unique Southern Oregon Adventure displays. We are honored to hold our Festival at this one-of-a-kind venue. Thank you, Evergreen Federal Bank!

Santa’s Visit

Santa’s schedule will be from 10:00 to 11:30 am, 12:00 to 1:30 pm, and 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. When you go fishing at the North Pole, you’ll catch a bookmark that you can use to pick out a children’s book from Santa’s library. Bring your book to Santa, and he will sign it for you!


Tickets for Saturday or Sunday during the Weekend Holiday Event are only sold at the door. Admission prices are as follows:

Adult (18–54): $5
Children (5–17) / Senior (55+): $3
Children 4 & under: Free
Family Pass (up to 6 family members): $20 

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Annual Umpqua Festival of Lights and World’s Largest Nutcracker 


Driving through Riverbend Park in Roseburg, Oregon, you will see over  90 animated displays which are lit up by over 500,000 festive lights. This must see Holiday spectacle showcases many fun and unique lights shaped into everything from the classic Santa to dinosaurs and spaceships. New to the lightshow this year are character depictions from Disney’s Frozen. You will also be able to see the World’s Largest Nutcracker!

While you enjoy the lights be sure to tune into the local radio station provided at the entrance which will be playing Christmas music to complete your Holiday joy ride.

This family friendly event is not only a perfect outing, but the $10.00 per car entry fee also provides scholarships as well as funding for local community projects.

The Umpqua Festival of Lights opens at the end of November  and runs through January 1st.            You can drive through the park Sunday-Thursday from 5:30 pm to 9 pm & Friday and Saturday nights from 5:30 pm to 10 pm.

Wagon rides through the lights are also available on Friday and Saturday’s from 5:30 pm to 10pm and on Sunday’s from 5:30 pm to 9 pm for $5.

Before you enter the park stop by the Holiday Village to visit Santa, model trains, cookies, warm cider, and purchase souvenirs. The Holiday Village is open every night with free entry until Christmas Eve.

Gather your family and friends for a drive to the Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights located at 380 River Forks Park Rd, Roseburg, OR 97471.

A wonderful tradition for the season.

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Greystone Court Residents respond to hunger with Food Drive- Dec. 21-24, 2017



Bring your family to enjoy the beautifully decorated homes on Greystone Court. The residents will be accepting donations of non perishable food or cash donation to benefit ACCESS.   Santa will be there with candy canes for the children.  Please enjoy the festive atmosphere while helping those in need.


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Nature’s Coastal Holiday Festival of Lights in Brookings

 Local volunteers have created Nature’s Coastal Holiday Festival of Lights in Azalea Park in Brookings.

Take a leisure 45 minute stroll to enjoy the dazzling light show, sculptures and accompanying music during the month of December.

Visitors are treated to both traditional displays and sea theme displays while enjoying hot chocolate, cookies or cider.

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Medford Winter Holiday Season

Medford celebrates the Holiday Season.

Every year starts with a

Enjoy a delicious hot breakfast with Jolly old Saint Nicholas
himself. Photo opportunities with Santa Claus, a holiday
craft table for the kids and a yummy warm meal to start
your day awaits you at the Santo Center. All activities and
breakfast is free! Seating is very limited, reserve your spot
Pre-register by calling 541-774-2400 or by visiting the Santo
Community Center

Join Medford Parks and Recreation staff in Pear Blossom
Park for the Winter Lights Festival 2017. Bring the whole
family for a night of holiday fun! Festive activities include:
• Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
• Coloring Contest with Prizes
• Photo opportunities with Santa
• Live Performances
• Winter Lights Candy Cane Hunt
• Booths & Activities

Place: Pear Blossom Park N. Bartlett St.
(Along 4th, 5th & 6th Streets)


What is red and white and is a sweet treat at the Holidays
– Why candy canes of course. Join the fun and kick off the
holiday season at the Medford Parks and Recreation annual
Candy Cane Hunt as part of the Winter Lights Festival. New
this year, special prizes will be awarded in each age group
for finding the specially marked candy cane. Special thanks
to the Medford Kiwanis Club for their help at this event. No
registration required.
Age: 1-12

Place: Pear Blossom Park N. Bartlett St.
(Along 4th, 5th & 6th Streets)

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Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights at River Forks Park

The Festival of Lights has become an annual tradition in Douglas County, drawing 25,000 visitors per year and generating hundreds of thousands of dollars for Rotary Club scholarships and service projects since 1993.

The Festival of Lights opens at River Forks Park in Roseburg, Oregon starting at the end of November and runs through January.

Visitors enjoy 90 light displays containing nearly 500,000 lights and all the traditional attractions that have made the Festival famous, including the Holiday Village, wagon rides, the World’s Largest Nutcracker and visits from Santa Claus himself!

The Holiday Village is open every night through Christmas Eve in Helleck Hall. With Santa Claus, a model train set, cookies, candies, warm cider and souvenirs for sale, the Holiday Village is a must see. Wagon rides are offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

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