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A Magical Holiday Tradition

Festival of Lights at Riverforks Park

The Festival of Lights has become an annual tradition in Douglas County, drawing 25,000 visitors per year and generating hundreds of thousands of dollars for Rotary Club scholarships since 1993.

The Festival of Lights opens at Riverforks Park Sunday, November 20 and runs until January 1.

Visitors enjoy 90 light displays containing nearly 500,000 and all the traditional attractions that have made the Festival famous, including the Holiday Village, wagon rides, the World’s Largest Nutcracker and visits from Santa Claus himself!

The Holiday Village is open Thursday through Sunday nights through Christmas Eve during the Festival. With Santa Claus, a model train set, cookies, candies, warm cider and souvenirs for sale, the Holiday Village is a must see. Wagon rides are offered Friday and Saturday nights.

Several special nights are scheduled throughout the Festival of Lights, allowing thousands of people to see the attractions for free through special offers.

Click here to find the Festival of Lights on Facebook.

You can also find the personal Facebook account of the World’s Largest Nutcracker and follow him on Twitter @KingNutcracker!

  • World's Largest Nutcracker
  • Over 500,000 Lights
  • 3D Displays/Glasses
  • Over 90 Animated Displays
  • Santa Claus
  • Free Candy Canes
  •  Wagon Rides
  • Holiday Village
  • Holiday Music
  • Chuck Wagon Dinner

Open Nightly at 5:30  November 22nd - January 1st

Drive Thru

Nov. 23 through Jan. 1, 2017
Sunday - Thursday 5:30 - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 5:30 - 10 p.m.
Holidays 5:30 - 10 p.m.

Holiday Village

See Santa! Free Admission
Thursday - Sunday nights     Through December 24
5:30 - 9 p.m.

Wagon Rides

December 1 - December 24         Friday and Saturday 5:30 - 10 p.m. Reserve a ride for your large group: (541) 637-5742


Special thanks to the local businesses who make the Festival of Lights possible!

Rogue Credit Union

Seven Feathers Casino Resort

Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians

Abby's Legendary Pizza

Bigfoot Beverage



Riverview Terrace

2016 Special Nights

Douglas County community groups sign up to take tickets at the Festival of Lights. They are recognized for their contributions and get the added bonus of representing their organization while meeting thousands of visitors.

Friday, November 25 - Clint Newell Auto Group Veteran's Night - All veterans and current military service admitted free.

Wednesday, November 30 - Pepsi/Abby's Legendary Pizza/Rick's Medical Supply Canned food night - Free admission with five cans of food.

Tuesday, December 6 - BiMart Night - Free admission with BiMart Card.

Thursday, December 8 - Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center Night - 50% of proceeds go to Saving Grace.

Wednesday, December 14 - Rogue Credit Union Night - Free Admission.


Want to donate?

Send checks payable to 'Festival of Lights' to:

Roseburg Rotary Club

738 SE Kane St.

Roseburg, Oregon 97470


Introducing Herr Woody Winterguard!

The World’s Largest Nutcracker has a name.

The iconic resident of Riverforks Park will be known forever more as Herr Woody Winterguard.

Festival of Lights Committee Chairman Kerwin Doughton, the Father of the Festival of Lights, is proud of the selection. “We chose Herr Woody Winterguard from nearly 300 entries from about 150 people from all over the Northwest and even one from Quebec, Canada. There were many excellent suggestions, and some silly ones, too.”

The name is perfect, according to Doughton. “Herr Woody Winterguard includes a reference to the Nutcracker’s German heritage and offers an air of nobility, since he stands guard over the Festival of Lights all winter long.”

Mary Borns of Springfield submitted the winning name, which was selected by the Festival of Lights Committee. For naming the Nutcracker, Borns received a lifetime pass to the Festival of Lights and two tickets to the annual performance of the Nutcracker Ballet, held on opening night at Jacoby Auditorium at Umpqua Community College.

You can follow the Festival of Lights on Facebook, find the personal Facebook account of the World’s Largest Nutcracker and follow him on Twitter @KingNutcracker!


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