Festival of Lights at River Forks 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 and service projects since 1993.
The Festival of Lights opens at River Forks Park Sunday, November 19, 2017 and runs through Monday, January 1, 2018.
Visitors enjoy 90 light displays containing nearly 500,000 lights 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 every night through Christmas Eve in Helleck Hall. 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, Saturday and Sunday nights for $5.
Several special nights are scheduled throughout the Festival of Lights, allowing thousands of people to see the attractions for free through special offers from our generous sponsors.
You can also find the personal Facebook account of the World’s Largest Nutcracker and follow him on Twitter @KingNutcracker!
November 19 - January 1
$10 per car
November 19 - December 24
5:30-9pm Sun-Thurs. 5:30-10pm Fri & Sat. See Santa Claus, purchase souvenirs & much more!
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!