sunriver christmas vacation

It’s getting to be that time of year. The lights are twinkling, the chairlifts are running and hundreds of visitors plan to ascend upon Sunriver for a memorable Christmas vacation. While exchanging gifts, hitting the mountain and enjoying the snow and sunshine may be your top priority, we’ve assembled 10 awesome ideas for how to spend your Sunriver Christmas vacation.

Events and Activities Not to Miss During Sunriver Christmas Vacation

Saturday, December 16 – Monday, January 1
10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm, 6pm-10pm
Tuesday, January 2 – Saturday, January 6
10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm, 6pm-9pm
Ice Skating
Village Ice Rink, The Pavillion, The Village at Sunriver
$14/adults 13+, $10/kids, Children 4 and under Free with paying adult.

A long standing family favorite, ice skating in the Sunriver Village Mall has always been a big draw for guests visiting the area. Imagine holding your child’s hand as they strap on ice skates for the first time. The ice skating rink includes a viewing area around the rink, as well as an upgraded sound system.

Ongoing
Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides
Sunriver Stables, 57215 River Road, Sunriver.
Hours vary.
Reservations: 541-593-6995

Saddle up for a spirited ride through the snow in a horse-drawn sleigh. Bundle up and enjoy a scenic and beautiful ride through Sunriver along the Deschutes River. Cuddle up with your loved ones with provided blankets. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view from a horse-drawn sleigh.

Friday, December 22
Apres Ski Bash with The Helio Sequence
The Commons, 875 Brooks St., Bend.
7-10pm
No cover.

Enjoy live music outside? Head up to Bend for a pre-Christmas concert in the heart of downtown. The Helio Sequence plays upbeat indie rock that’s perfect for everyone in your party from toddlers to grandparents. Enjoy a raffle for new skis, craft beer from Deschutes Brewery and the cosmic indie rock sounds of The Helio Sequence.

Wednesday, December 27
Teen Night Pool Party
SHARC, 57250 Overlook Road, Sunriver.
8-10pm
$7/SROA Members, $10/general public.

Looking for a fun evening for your teenage children? Children ages 12-18 are invited to a teen-only event at SHARC, which features an ice cream/root beer float social, water basketball/volleyball games, contests and use of the hot tub and indoor aquatics center. Your kids will enjoy an evening of aquatic fun while you hit the town for a holiday rendezvous of your own. RSVP to 541-585-3147.

Friday, December 29 and Saturday, December 30
Late Night Retro Movie Screening – Christmas Vacation
McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St., Bend.
10pm-12am
$4.

Extend your Christmas spirit past the holiday itself by enjoying a screening of a holiday favorite. Watch as Clark Griswold’s continual bad luck worsens by his obnoxious family. From applying the most possible Christmas lights to his home to stressing about his Christmas bonus, enjoy this holiday classic in the comfort of McMenamins. Add a craft beer and a burger for the ultimate retro dinner and a movie.

Saturday, December 30
Blacklight Blast Tubing
SHARC, 57250 Overlook Road, Sunriver.
6-8pm
$15/general public, $12/SROA Member.

Tubing is a blast, right? What better way to improve upon a time honored tradition than to do it at night time with black lights and glow sticks, lasers and hot cocoa. Make reservations in advance for the awesome adventure that is the Blacklight Blast Tubing event at SHARC in Sunriver.

Saturday, December 30
Holiday Sky Viewing
Oregon Observatory at Sunriver, 57245 River Rd, Sunriver.
8-10pm
$10/adults, $8/children, Free/SNCO Members.

Dress warm and enjoy exploring the infinite abyss that is the night sky. Telescopes will be aimed at a variety of objects and be ready for viewing. Enjoy a presentation in the Pozzi education building and then return to the observatory for spectacular viewings of galaxies light years away. Staff explains some of the mythology and helps provide a better understanding of our universe.

Sunday, December 31
New Year’s Eve Bonfire on the Snow
Wanderlust Tours, 61535 S. Hwy. 97 Suite 13., Bend.
9pm
$100/person.

Imagine ringing in the New Year in an amphitheater carved into the snow. Snowshow with your Wanderlust Tours guide to bask in the glow of a bonfire, enjoy desserts, hot drinks and fun facts about the forest while observing the night sky. Includes guide, headlamps, snowshoes, champagne toast, hot cocoa with Hazelnut Espresso Vodka and locally made desserts.

Sunday, December 31
New Year’s Eve with Precious Byrd
Twisted River Tavern, Sunriver Resort, 17600 Center Dr., Sunriver.
9pm-1am
$50/person.

Don’t feel like driving into Bend to celebrate the new year in style? Head over to the Twisted River Tavern and dance to the pop-rock jams provided with local favorite Precious Byrd. The evening also includes a champagne toast at midnight, hors d’oeuvres and party favors. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Through Monday, January 1
Gingerbread Junction
Sunriver Resort, 17600 Center Dr., Sunriver.
No cover.

As part of the annual Traditions event at Sunriver Resort, Gingerbread Junction offers visitors a chance to view a variety of beautiful gingerbread houses artfully crafted for the event. Browse the whimsical, the functional, the sweet sugary dreamscapes created by children in the community as well as adult contest entrants. The gingerbread houses are on display in the Abbot Room at Sunriver Resort.

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