Indoor Fun in Ashland in Winter
When it’s time to come in from the cold, Ashland has cultural appeals aplenty. The Schneider Museum of Art at Southern Oregon University, with exhibits that change regularly, is free and open Monday-Saturday.
Travelers visiting on the first Friday of every month can join locals from 5-8 p.m. on the First Friday Art Walk, when galleries open new shows and art lovers can meet the artists.
Kids of all ages love the interactive exhibits at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, and parents appreciate that kids are learning while they’re playing. Admission for kids ages 2-12 is $10, and it’s $12 for teens and adults. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday.
Winter Events in Ashland
The annual Festival of Light Celebration kicks off the holiday season in Ashland on the day after Thanksgiving with Santa’s Parade, carolers singing downtown, and a chance for the kids to meet Santa for photos. Special weekend events continue through December, including caroling on Saturdays. Pick up an event schedule and a holiday gift guide at the Ashland Chamber of Commerce or at one of many local shops.
The fun doesn’t stop come January 1. Ashland is home to the Oregon Chocolate Festival, which occurs in February or March (depending on the year). There are chocolate tastings, demonstrations, and contests, as well as an expo floor full of chocolate purveyors from near and far.