Southern Oregon Christmas Celebrations

MEDFORD, Ore. – If it doesn’t feel like the holidays quite yet, this weekend may help kick start your holiday spirit; as December starts, so do several local events.

On Saturday, the city of Medford holds a day full of holiday events. The Candy Cane Hunt and Marshmallow Roast starts at 4 p.m. in Hawthorne Park. At 5 p.m. the Children’s Parade from Hawthorne Park to Vogel Plaza begins. That’s when the Winter Lights Festival begins in Vogel Plaza, with several performances. It will all culminate with the tree lighting ceremony just after 5:30 p.m.

In Jacksonville, the Victorian Christmas tours start this weekend at the Historic Beekman House. You can see how Christmas was celebrated in the early 1900s when you visit the Beekman House on East California Street in Jacksonville. The tours will be held during the next three weekends. Adults get in for $4. Seniors and children over the age of 6 get in for $2.

Santa will be busy this weekend as he stops by several local spots, including Hanley Farm. It’s all part of Hanley Farm’s Holiday Celebration. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can make wreaths, take a farmhouse tour and visit Santa. Admission is free, wreath-making kits are $10 and the farmhouse tours are $3 for adults. Hanley farm is in Central Point at 10533 Hanley Road.

If you’re still working on fulfilling your loved ones’ holiday wish lists, stop by The Blue Slide Holiday Shopping Extravaganza. It’s happening Saturday at Parkside Elementary in Grants Pass from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be vendors for holiday shopping, a gingerbread house contest and a raffle. To compete in the gingerbread house contest, bring your sweet home assembled and ready to be judged. Proceeds benefit the Blue Slide Project, to complete a wheelchair accessible playground at Parkside Elementary.