The snow-covered mountains and quaint charm of makes Christmas in Bend, Oregon the ideal destination. In addition to the fabulous skiing and dining our town has to offer, there are several town sponsored events which celebrate the winter holidays. Most of these events take place in the Old Mill District and are fun for the whole family.
The Cowboy Carriage
This company lets you choose between a horse drawn carriage ride or a ride in a small wagon. A beautiful white horse picks you up in old town and pulls you through the Historic District and downtown Bend as your cowboy guide tells you all about the town’s history. Make sure to reserve your carriage well in advance; these rides are very popular. Rides are $250 per group and they take place from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.
The Old Mill District welcomes a modern-day Santa, who arrives by helicopter and sees children by appointment. You register for a visit by leaving your child’s name and your cell phone number with the hostess. You can enjoy food and shopping until they call you to meet with his jolliness. Santa visits every weekend from Black Friday until Christmas Eve. Be sure to stop by the Tree of Joy to buy a gift for a disadvantaged kid.
Holiday Lights Paddle Parade
Bend during Christmas is famous for its rivers and boating. Every year paddle boat owners in town decorate their vessels and paddle up and down the Deschutes River. The event takes place on the second Friday of December and kicks off at 4:00 pm. Past parades have included over 1000 boats.
If you are visiting Bend for Christmas and wondering what to do for Christmas dinner, don’t worry. Plenty of restaurants in town offer Christmas meals. The Pine Tavern, located right in the heart of downtown, offers a hearty meal in a restaurant that has a tree growing right in the middle of the dining room. 10 Below serves new American fare in an elegant atmosphere. The menu is organic, locally sourced and can accommodate any dietary needs.
Where to Stay for Your Christmas in Bend, Oregon
Bend is a beautiful place to spend the winter holidays and everyone knows it. You want to make sure you have a place to stay well in advance. The vacation experts at Arrived Now can find you the perfect vacation home with all the amenities you’ll need for the winter including a fireplace. Give us a call today at 800-215-9880.