The 23rd season of the Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights begins Sunday, November 20 at Riverforks Park near Roseburg, Oregon. The Festival of Lights has become an annual tradition in Douglas County, drawing nearly 30,000 visitors in 2014 and generating hundreds of thousands of dollars for Rotary Club scholarships since beginning in 1993.
The Festival begins at 3 p.m. November 20 with a performance of the Nutcracker Ballet at Jacoby Auditorium at Umpqua Community College. The Nutcracker Ballet features the talents of the Eugene Ballet and still stands as the longest running event in the history of Jacoby Auditorium. Tickets are on sale for $15 at NW Lifestyles on Jackson Street in Downtown Roseburg, or for $18 at the door.
The Festival of Lights opens at Riverforks Park at 5:30 every night from November 20 to January 1.
The Holiday Village will be open Thursday through Sunday nights 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 back Saturday and Sunday nights and once again, a lucky few will be treated to the famous Chuck Wagon Dinner.
Several special nights are scheduled throughout the Festival of Lights, allowing thousands of people to see the attractions for free through special offers.
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!
The Festival of Lights began with a $15,000 down payment by the Roseburg Rotary Club in 1993. It has now drawn approximately 500,000 visitors and generated more than $200,000 in scholarship money for local high school graduates.
The Festival of Lights came to life in 1993. The Rotary Club of Roseburg, in an effort to develop an annual fundraiser, incurred $151,000 of debt and committed $15,000 to begin the Festival. The investment has paid tremendous dividends. The Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights has generated more than $200,000 in scholarship money and attracted thousands of visitors to Douglas County. 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!
The Festival is one of the largest drive-through light displays in the Pacific Northwest, with well nearly 500,000 lights and more than 90 displays. The Nutcracker Ballet, Holiday Village and Wagon Rides have been added for your enjoyment. The Festival of Lights is located at River Forks Park, six miles west of Roseburg, OR. Approximately 30,000 visitors come each year. The Festival runs from the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving through January 1st each year.
Cost is $10 per car
No other holiday light display offers visitors such a diversity of lights, 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 have helped fund other community fundraisers.
New displays are added every year to keep the Festival of Lights growing and alive!
Brought to you by the Rotary Club of Roseburg
Proceeds provide scholarships and support local service projects