Out & About: December 12th, 2013

Out & AboutThe holiday season is upon the Rogue Valley. The holiday shopping rush is on, but there are plenty of ways to take a break with family and friends this weekend.

The Polar Express is pulling into the Medford Railroad Park for the first time. Get the books famous hot cocoa and see Santa on Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening.

The Allaboard Trolley is leaving the Harry and David Country Village each evening at 5:00 p.m. for families and 8:00 p.m. for adults only. Sip hot cocoa, listen to Christmas music and view the best holiday lights in east Medford. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids.

Bigham Knoll Campus in Jacksonville is home to six living nativity scenes this weekend. This family-friendly event takes place on December 14, 15 & 16 with tours from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday. Then 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The tours are free and take about half an hour.

Find your nicest or naughtiest Christmas costume for the Winter Wonderland Festival. The 18 and older party at the Medford Armory features several popular bands and artists. There will be prizes and a bar mixing up Christmas cocktails. Admission is $25 at the door, which opens at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, there is a full meal, toy drive and after party at this.

A magical musical takes the stage at Randall Theatre just in time to inspire all the scrooges out there. Scrooge opens this Friday, running through the weekend with shows the 20th – 28th except for Christmas and the day after.

Honor the fine arts and the kids who study them at Ashland High School’s Winter Fine Arts Festival. Artists of all kinds will have their work on display including several performances. Tickets are $10 with the silent auction and 7:00 shows this Friday.