Just one day after the I Like Pie Run on Thanksgiving, Santa Claus hitches a ride into the Les Schwab Amphitheater with his helicopter buddies from AirLink.

Our connections in the North Pole say Santa will arrive around 10:15 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23. Santa traditionally chats with children and families after he land before heading over to SantaLand in the Old Mill District.

Located this year between desperado and Avalon Salon, SantaLand highlights the holiday festivities in Bend. Families can stop in and take pictures will Jolly St. Nick every Friday through Sunday after Thanksgiving until Dec. 23. The Tree of Joy, a program that provides gift suggestions for children and families in need, is also based out of SantaLand.

The least stressful Black Friday sale you’ve ever seen will also be going on Friday, Nov. 23, in the Old Mill District.

Santa’s dramatic drop in kicks off a month-long holiday celebration in Bend.

Other events this winter include the Chabad of Central Oregon’s menorah lighting ceremony on Dec. 2., a very special First Friday Gallery Walk on Dec. 7 in which the Old Mill District is decorated and illuminated for the holiday season, Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe’s annual Holiday Lights Paddle Parade on the Deschutes on Dec. 14, and of course carolers throughout the month of December.