By Bonnie Glidewell

Each year, Evergreen Federal Bank donates the use of its Bear Hotel Annex in Grants Pass for the Rogue Winterfest Festival.The warehouse space is transformed into a winter wonderland filled with 25 adorned holiday trees, stunning art displays, thousands of hanging sparkling lights and new this year on display is Southern Oregon Adventure! Towering redwood trees, life-like waterfalls and river scenes, deep caves, picturesque ocean views, a bridge that takes you over Crater Lake and a stroll through vineyards, snow drifts and flakes capture the true Southern Oregon's Winter Adventure and what it looks like as a winter wonderland. 

When I say “It is like Disneyland in Grants Pass,” it's an understatement. Thousands of 10-foot strips of lights adorn the ceiling throughout making it a beautiful site. More than 4,000 people took it all in last year.

The Festival consists of five individual events. The Gala Event and Auction, Golden Social, Weekend Holiday Events, Culinary Christmas Classic and Silent Auction all serve as not only fundraising efforts but a great way to have fun with those in your surrounding workforce and community. Fundraising efforts are made possible through event admission tickets, silent auction sales, a holiday tree and art auction, and sponsorships. Contributions and participation in this community fundraising event will help thousands of people get the care they need to improve the overall health of our community.

Wondering what the weekend agenda looked like? Check it out!

Thursday, Dec. 1 - Gala Event and Grand Auction (sold out) 

Let the bidding begin!!! This exquisite tree and art auction also includes an Oregon Bounty Dinner sponsored and prepared by Taprock Northwest Grill. Food and wines are donated by local businesses. Entertainment is provided by Park Place Jazz, an assembly of professional musicians performing a variety of music genres, including jazz, swing, Latin, soul, and R&B.

Friday, Dec. 2 - Golden Social (sold out)

This is a private event for guests 60 years of age and older. Light appetizers and desserts are served with entertainment, and holiday tree and art viewing. The Golden Social features live music by Lady & the Tramp.

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 & 4 - Weekend Festival Events

This is a holiday event for the whole family. The public is invited to view decorated trees and locally produced art. Southern Oregon Adventure displays include towering redwoods, forests and rivers, Crater Lake, the Southern Oregon coast, and vineyards all designed by local artists. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, too.

Enjoy family activities including Fishing at the North Pole, coloring and letters to Santa, holiday building project with Home Depot, Fantasy Face Painting, and taking that perfect photo in the spectacular Christmas on Mars setting. Stage entertainment, changing every 45 minutes, ranges from bands to choirs, individual singers and classical performers.

Monday, Dec. 5 - Culinary Christmas Classic & Silent Auction

Savor culinary tastings from Southern Oregon’s finest restaurants, caterers, wineries, and breweries. Enjoy creatively decorated trees, shake it up with live music by The Ben Rice Band, and bid on unique silent auction items. This event normally sells out so buy your tickets NOW!

Purchase  online or in person at Evergreen Federal Bank, 969 SE 6th St., Grants Pass.  Advance reservations are required for Gala, Culinary, and Golden Social Events. Weekend Event Holiday tickets sold only at the door.

The Festival proceeds help children, teens, adults, and families with mental health needs and supports these non-profit mental health agencies: Family Solutions, Kairos, and Options for Southern Oregon.




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