The 13th annual Southern Oregon Turkey Trot 8-mile run kicks off at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22 — Thanksgiving Day — at the Expo, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point. The event includes a 2-mile fun run/walk that starts at 8:30 a.m. See bit.ly/soturkeytrot for registration and course maps. Bring cans of food the support the ACCESS food bank. A Turkey Trot also is held in Grants Pass and features 5K and 2-mile runs. The 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. at the YMCA, 1000 Redwood Ave., Grants Pass. See grantspassymca.org for registration and details.
Grants Pass Christmas Tree Lighting
Grants Pass kicks off its holiday celebration with a tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, in the plaza at Fifth and H streets in its historic downtown district. There will be live performances by the Rogue Youth Ensemble, the Rogue Singers and Josh Gibson and Friends. Santa will arrive to light the nearly 50-foot yule tree. Santa will be available at his workshop Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 22. See travelgrantspass.com or call 541-450-6180.
Magical Christmas Murals and Nutcrackers in Grants Pass
From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, downtown Grants Pass will sparkle with the fiber-optic dazzle of 20 musical Christmas murals and giant nutcrackers, presented by Evergreen Federal Bank. The murals weigh 400 pounds each and include sound systems that play the old-fashioned Christmas music. The murals, created by local artisans, are 12 inches thick, 10 feet tall, 5 feet wide and are wired with miles of fiber optic cable and thousands of points of lights. A map of mural locations is available in the downtown welcome center.
Wreath-making at Hanley Farm
Make your own holiday wreath from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Hanley Farm, 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point. Wreath-making kits will available for $15. Kits include a grapevine base, choice of greens and berries, wire and clippers. Volunteers will be on site to give wreath-making advice. Some ribbon will be available, along with warm drinks and snacks for purchase. Santa and one of his elves will be there with activities for kids. See sohs.org/node/185006.
Holiday Greens Sale
The Jacksonville Garden Club will offer table arrangements, wreaths and swags from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, near the Jacksonville Post Office on the corner of Oregon and California streets. Gift cards and sweet treats will be available for purchase. Proceeds support local scholarships and beautification projects. Call 541-899-5708.
Pinehurst School will host its annual Winterfest fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Green Springs Inn, 11470 Highway 66, Ashland. Look for live music, raffles, a wine bar, baked goods and crafts by local artists. Santa will pose for photographs, and freshly harvested Christmas trees and handmade wreaths will be be available. See pinehurst.k12.or.us.
Walker Elementary Winter Faire
Walker Elementary will have its Winter Faire from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 364 Walker Ave., Ashland. There will be a photo booth, kids crafts, Gum Drop Shoppe, a silent auction, face painting, carnival games and more. Admission is free, and tickets for activities are 50 cents each.
‘The Thanksgiving Visitor’
Burt Eikleberry and Tamara Barrus read from Truman Capote’s “The Thanksgiving Visitor” at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Rogue River library, 412 E. Main. The story takes place in Alabama in the 1930s as a character reflects on an eventful Thanksgiving and his contentious relationship with an older boy. Admission is free. Call 541-864-8850.
Rogue Valley Harmonizers Holiday Concert
The Rogue Valley Harmonizers, a men’s a capella chorus, and the Silken Songs of Southern Oregon Sound will present “Carols of Christmas” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the First Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Holly St., Medford. Admission is $10 at the door, youths 18 and younger get in free.
Medford Winter Lights Festival
Medford Parks and Recreation will hold its all-ages holiday celebration from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Pear Blossom Park near the Commons, Fourth and Bartlett streets. Kids can win prizes in a coloring contest sponsored by Lithia, get their peppermint fix at the candy cane hunt at 4:30 p.m., and see Santa Claus light up the park’s Norway spruce at 5:30, among other holiday-themed performances. Call 541-774-2400 or see playmedford.com.
Central Point Christmas Lights Parade
Central Point will kick off the holiday season Saturday, Dec. 1, with the city’s annual parade and tree lighting ceremony. Look for crafts, games, free hot cocoa and cookies, visits with Santa and trolley rides. The parade is at 5:15 p.m. at Central Point City Hall on East Pine Street, and the tree will be lit at 6 p.m. See bit.ly/2yAN3Vu.
Grants Pass Christmas Parade
Floats, bands and other parade entries will march in the annual Grants Pass Christmas Parade, which starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Sixth and K streets and heads north on Sixth. See travelgrantspass.com/christmas-parade.
Rogue Barbers Leg Lamp Lighting Ceremony
The second annual “A Christmas Story” Leg Lamp Lighting Ceremony takes place Saturday, Dec. 1, at Rogue Barbers, 304 S.W. Sixth St., Grants Pass, immediately after the Christmas parade, which starts at 6 p.m. Turningpoint DanceStudio will perform a classic kick-line when the leg lamp gets lit, and live music will be performed by Rogue Rage Duo. Also look for a Ralphie look-a-like contest, and Grants Pass Mayor Daren Fowler will present a dedication. Find Rogue Barbers on Facebook.com.
Holiday on Ice
Southern Oregon Figure Skating Club and the RRRink’s Learn to Skate program will team up with guest performer Alec Schmitt for a holiday skating performance. The show begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the RRRink, 1349 Center Drive, Medford. Admission is $7. Bring a canned food donation for ACCESS Food Share and receive $1 off admission. Remember to dress warmly. See therrrink.com or call 541-770-1177.
Soroptimist Holiday Home Tour
The 27th annual Holiday Home Tour features five private homes around Medford decorated for the holidays. The homes will be open to ticket holders from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $15 for a self-guided tour. For more information and ticket outlets, see si-medford.org and facebook.com/SIMedford.
Phoenix Christmas Tree Lighting
The City of Phoenix will kick off the holiday season with a community Christmas tree lighting at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the New Phoenix Plaza Civic Center, 220 N. Main St., in downtown Phoenix. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for cocoa, cookies and caroling at First Presbyterian Church, 121 W. Second St., after the tree lighting. Call 541-543-6874.
Eagle Point Holiday Celebration
Eagle Point Community Association will hold its annual holiday celebration Friday, Dec. 7. A caroling concert will kick off festivities at 6:15 p.m. at The Church on the Hill, 400 Stevens Road. A community tree lighting will be at 7 p.m. at Bob Moore Park, located off Main St. in downtown Eagle Point. Santa will arrive on a fire truck and lead a children’s parade down to city hall. Look for more caroling, visits and photos with Santa and more. Call 541-944-2446 or 826-4974.
John Nilsen Holiday Piano Concerts
Pianist, guitarist and recording artist John Nilsen will perform four solo holiday piano shows in the Rogue Valley during the holidays. Nilsen, who graduated from Southern Oregon University in 1979 and spent nearly two decades in the Rogue Valley, will perform at:
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Upper Rogue United Methodist Church, 18977 Highway 62, Shady Cove; 541-878-2793. Admission is $10 at the door.
7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Newman United Methodist Church, 132 NE B St., Grants Pass; 541-479-5369; $10 at door.
7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent; 541-535-7957; $10 at door.
6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Roxy Ann Winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford; 541-776-2315; $7, but not a concert.
Holiday Open House at Hanley Farm
The historic farmhouse will be decorated and open for tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 1053 Hanley Road, Central Point.