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We know that travelling for the holidays can be jarring—as relaxing as it is to escape your daily routine, the events around the end of the year are special. Fret not—here in Sunriver, we have all the classic traditions—done in the Sunriver way—that’ll help you feel like it’s home sweet home!

Grand Illumination

The Christmas season can start early when you’re this far north! So this year, Sunriver Lodge is kicking off the holiday season on November 18th. Santa himself will be there to say hello-ho-ho! Plus, live music, food vendors, and artists will show you the cultural side of Oregon. There’ll be plenty of fun to do at these things to do in Sunriver, with the Oregon Observatory bringing its telescopes for viewing and train rides and sleigh rides exciting the whole family. The entertainment begins at 4:30; the tree will be lit at 5:30, and Santa’s available for pictures starting at 6!

Annual Turkey Trot

No matter where you travel for Thanksgiving, you shouldn’t ever have to miss a Turkey Trot! Sunriver’s 5k is happening Friday, November 24th at 10 a.m. To add to the fun, prizes will be awarded to those who are best dressed in their Thanksgiving vestments! The 5k begins at the Sunriver Resort’s Center Drive—register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-sunriver-resort-turkey-trot-tickets-38094573896.

Things to Do in Sunriver: A Charlie Brown Christmas—Live on Stage!

November 27th, a touring production of A Charlie Brown Christmas is coming to Bend’s Tower Theater. It follows the beloved story of Charlie Brown trying to bring out the true meaning of the season, with an ensemble on stage bringing the timeless music of the story to life. Purchase your tickets now for this heartwarming display!

Christmas Parade

Over in Bend, about 20-30 minutes north of Sunriver, their downtown plays host to some of the greatest traditions of central Oregon. This year, the Christmas Parade will be marching through downtown Bend on December 2nd! This year’s theme—Christmas surprises! Come see all the creative floats and costumes and marvel at all the different ways people express their love of the season.

Black Light Blast at the SHARC

Sunriver’s aquatic complex, the SHARC, is throwing a party on December 23rd. Fun for all ages 4+, it includes a great time of tubing accentuated with exciting lights! A laser show, music, and glow tubing will make the night bright! Grab your complimentary light-up necklace and get ready for plenty of rides down the tubing hill!

Sunriver’s Best

If you’re going to the best events, then stay in the best properties. Call us at 541-797-9165 to learn how we can make a new holiday tradition for you!