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By Travel Medford | 11/19/2020 | Outdoor Adventure, Things to Do, Wine

WINTER EVENTS AND OUTDOOR FUN IN THE ROGUE VALLEY

GingerBread Jubilee

November 20th - 22nd

The annual GingerBread Jubilee captures a magical time of year, and is a wonderful way to support the live performing arts in Medford.

This year's event is a bit more virtually. The tour will be available virtually on Facebook starting on Friday, November 20th at 10:00 a.m.

Medford Winter Lights Festival

December 04th - 05th

Join the City of Medford for a special drive-through version of the Winter Lights Festival at Pear Blossom Park. 

Streets open at 05:30 p.m. and close at 08:30 p.m. - Pear Blossom Park (enter from East 6th Street)

Festival of Trees

December 02nd - 06th

The annual Providence Festival of Trees showcases stunning Christmas trees and displays decorated by local businesses, interior designers, florists and other talented people. 

Virtual Gala Dinner & Auction | December 02nd: View the beautifully decorated trees and browse the live and silent auction items; all from the comfort of your home.

Public Viewing | December 02nd - 06th: View the Christmas trees from beautifully decorated window displays at the One West Main building in downtown Medford.

Downtown Medford Window Decorating Contest

November 30th - December 17th

If you are a business please decorate your windows by November 30th and let Tiffany Perez know by Monday, November 23rd if you would like to participate. We will add you to the map that is being created. 

Snowshoes, skis and snowy slopes — winter activities abound in the heart of the Rogue Valley, and sledding is a favorite cold weather adventure.

Don't worry about searching for the sweet spots because we have snowballed a list of some of the best. Gather your boots, sled, best buddies and head outside!


Diamond Lake

The soft, supple snow at Diamond Lake Resort make it a popular winter destination among locals and visitors. Grab your tube, sled or saucer because there’s plenty of room for everyone to have fun on the hill. Diamond Lake is a hub of winter fun with seven sliding lanes, fabulous facilities and a friendly staff.

For a truly unique experience, tube down the slope under shimmering lights on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays.

The resort also offers 3-hour and all day passes, as well as discounts for families of four. 

Stay a few hours or all day for the best snowy fun in Southern Oregon.

Directions: Diamond Lake is about 70 Miles north of Medford. Take Highway 62 up from Medford through Shady Cove, past Union Creek and Crater Lake National Park. This drive is stunning and has a lot of gorgeous stops and viewpoints along the way!




Table Mountain at Hyatt Lake

Heading south? Table Mountain has an awesome sledding hill in the Hyatt Lake Recreation Area at the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. During the winter months, Hyatt Lake offers sledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. 

Directions : 20 miles east of Ashland, Hyatt Lake is a portal to a plethora of winter outdoor recreation activities. 









Mt. Ashland and Grouse Gap Sno-Park

Mt. Ashland is the crown jewel of Southern Oregon. A mecca for winter recreation, Mt. Ashland has been a local favorite since 1964. 

There is plenty to do at Mt. Ashland, but twilight skiing is a must. It’s the best way to experience a beautiful Southern Oregon winter sunset. Twilight skiing starts at 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday nights in January, February and early March. When the lights go on, your journey of lights and snow begins!

While you’re in the area, head over to Grouse Gap Sno-Park for sledding. It’s just up the road from Mt. Ashland and a great place to hit the snow.

Directions: Head south on I-5 from Medford and take the Mount Ashland Exit just south of the Ashland City Exit. 






Crater Lake National Park Snow Shoeing

In an average winter, Crater Lake National Park receives 43 feet of snow! Ranger-led snowshoe hikes are a fun way to explore this winter wonderland while learning how plants, animals and people survive the harsh conditions.

This winter, snowshoe hikes will be offered on weekends and holidays from December 8 through April 28. 

Wine
Outdoor adventures attract people to the Rogue Valley all year long, but not everyone may want to brave the winter weather to ski, snowshoe or sled. They want something...cozier. We suggest winter wine tasting! These are some of our favorite places…  Read More
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