Santa Claus and the North Medford High Marching Band -- headline the annual free, family-oriented holiday events coordinated by the Medford Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department on Sat., Dec. 1.
Sponsored by the City of Medford and Lithia, the Winter Lights Festival returns to Pear Blossom Park, along Fourth and Bartlett streets at The Commons, for the fifth consecutive year.
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The 16th-annual Candy Cane Hunt – an adorable event geared for very young children -- kicks off at 4:30 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Pear Blossom Park stage.
At 5:45 p.m., Santa arrives on stage, accompanied by the North Medford High Marching Band. The jolly visitor from the North Pole is available for family photo-ops in the lobby of the Sky Oak Financial office, across from the park.
The civic Christmas tree will be illuminated at approximately 6:00 p.m. The permanent holiday tree is a Norway spruce, flanked by two Nordmann firs and an Engelmann spruce. The young trees will be adorned with dozens of ornaments and thousands of colorful LEDs.
The event features performances by the Medford Parks and Recreation Discovery Preschool (5:050p.m.), Once Upon a Song (5:15 p.m.) and the Fusion Force Dancers (5:35 p.m.),
Other activities include City of Medford fire engine and police car displays and community partner booths. Tasty Treasures and Heavenly Nuts will be the food vendors, and Starbucks will provide free hot chocolate while supplies last.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Lithia 4 Kids Foundation is sponsoring a coloring contest for children ages 4-12 in the Lithia Headquarters from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Participants are eligible to win a bicycle. Contest winners are announced prior to the grand illumination.
The busy day begins with the popular Breakfast with Santa at the Santo Community Center gymnasium, Human Bean, and Shari’s Café and Pies. The event is already sold out with 350 registrants.