Opening Night is November 19!

The 25th season of the Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights begins Sunday, November 19 at River Forks Park near Roseburg, Oregon. The Festival of Lights has become an annual tradition in Douglas County, drawing nearly 25,000 visitors annually in 2014 and generating hundreds of thousands of dollars for Rotary Club scholarships and projects since beginning in 1993.

The Festival begins at 3 pm November 19 with a performance of the Nutcracker Ballet at Jacoby Auditorium at Umpqua Community College. The Nutcracker Ballet features the talents of the Eugene Ballet as well as nearly 50 local dance students. Tickets are $15 in advance, available at Northwest Lifestyles, 445 SE Jackson, Roseburg, beginning November 1, or $17 at the door.

The Festival of Lights opens at River Forks Park at 5:30 every night from November 19 to January 1 at a coast of $10 per car.

The Holiday Village, located in Helleck Hall, will be open nightly November 19-December 24 and admission is free. With Santa Claus, a model train display, snacks, beverages and souvenirs for sale, the Holiday Village is a must see. Wagon rides are back Friday and Saturday nights and once again, a lucky few will be treated to the famous Chuck Wagon Dinner.

Several community nights are scheduled throughout the Festival of Lights, allowing thousands of people to experience the Drive Through displays for free through special offers from our generous sponsors.

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!

How this beloved tradition began

The Festival of Lights came to life in 1993. The Rotary Club of Roseburg, in an effort to develop an annual fundraiser, committed $15,000 in cash and incurred $151,000 of debt to launch the Festival. The investment has paid tremendous dividends. Over the past 25 years, the Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights has generated more than $200,000 for scholarships and service projects and attracted thousands of visitors to Douglas County. Beautiful River Forks Park is the home of the Festival of Lights for six weeks each winter. The Rotary Club and generous supporters of Douglas County deserve a huge thank you for their commitment to keeping the tradition of the Festival of Lights alive!

An experience you will not forget

The Festival is one of the largest drive-through light displays in the Pacific Northwest, with nearly 500,000 lights and more than 90 displays. The Nutcracker Ballet, Holiday Village and Wagon Ridescan add to your holiday fun at the Festival. The Festival of Lights is located at River Forks Park, six miles west of Roseburg, Oregon. Approximately 25,000 visitors come each year. The Festival runs from the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving through January 1st each year.

Cost is $10 per car

All for a cause

No other holiday festival offers visitors such an array of light displays, visits with Santa, wagon rides and the World’s Largest Nutcracker!

The Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships for local youth and has helped fund other community projects.

New displays are added every year to keep the Festival of Lights growing and alive!

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