Lights for Life Ashland Tree Lighting

A New Take on a Time-Honored Tradition

The day after Thanksgiving has always been one of celebration, family, and friends. Downtown Ashland is abuzz with Festival of Light activities, shoppers, and cheer. At dusk we line the sidewalks to watch the Festival of Light parade followed by a visit with Santa before crowding into our favorite restaurant to warm up and share a drink or dinner with loved ones.

At the start of the Festival of Light parade, the Ashland Community Hospital Foundation lights our Lights for Life tree to kick off the parade. The lights on the tree symbolize donations made in honor, or in memory of, someone special. Gifts to the program benefit healthcare in our community. First responders and medical professionals have endured a great deal this year and we hope Lights for Life will shine a light on just how deeply they are appreciated.

In 1987, when the tradition of Lights for Life first began, no one imagined there would one day be a pandemic preventing us from doing such simple things like gathering outside to ceremoniously light a tree before taking a moment to reflect on those we have lost, and those we hold dear.

As we thought about how to light the tree this year knowing it would be without the usual fanfare of Festival of Light, we (like so many others) had to get creative. The Lights for Life tree will be lit a bit earlier to coincide with the lighting of downtown. A video about Lights for Life and tree lighting ceremony will be shared virtually this year for those who follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our email list.

We invite you to visit the Lights for Life trees during the holiday season. The Ashland tree is located on Siskiyou Boulevard across from the Public Library, and the Talent tree is located at the Talent Town Hall. Take the opportunity to reflect on whom you are thinking of this year. Perhaps a first responder, healthcare worker, family member, friend, or neighbor.

Ashland Community Hospital Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization benefitting healthcare priorities in our community, including our local hospital. For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation visit our website at or call 541-482-0367.