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Holiday Happenings2023-12-13T13:44:18-08:00

ENJOY BEND FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Santa returns to the Old Mill District this holiday season. And so does the holiday excitement!

From fun in the snow at Mt. Bachelor to holiday lights and special meals and gift runs in the Old Mill District, the eggnog flows like wine in this part of Oregon during the holiday months. We’re spreading holiday cheer in Bend, Oregon at the Old Mill District.

Pssst … want to give the perfect present to anyone on your list? Order your holiday gift cards online, or pick them up from the Ticket Mill. Old Mill District gift cards can be used for restaurants, shopping, concerts at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater, movies, and more.

Find holiday hours for shops and restaurants in Bend as well as what’s open on Christmas Day at the Old Mill District.


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SANTALAND IS COMING TO TOWN!

VISIT SANTALAND AT THE OLD MILL DISTRICT

Santa is set to make his rounds in Bend’s Old Mill District

Hold on to your tinsel! Mr. Claus is making his pilgrimage down from the North Pole to SantaLand in the Old Mill District at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 24! That’s right, gather your little turtle doves, grab some warm drinks and come down to SantaLand, a special place where families can drop off letters to Santa, mingle with the elves, meet real Nutcracker ballerinas, and get their picture taken with the jolly man in red.

This year SantaLand will be indoors between Sweet Tooth Candy Shoppe and Sunglass Hut at 450 S.W, Powerhouse Drive, Suite 403.

Santa flying into the Old Mill District via helicopter

Your little sugarplums can get their photo taken with Santa every Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. beginning Friday November 24th until December 23.

SantaLand schedule in the Old Mill District:

– Friday, Nov. 24, 11 a.m. t0 5 p.m.

– Saturday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m. t0 5 p.m.

– Sunday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m. t0 5 p.m.

– Friday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m. t0 5 p.m.

– Saturday, Dec. 2, 11 a.m. t0 5 p.m.

– Sunday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m. t0 5 p.m.

– Friday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. t0 5 p.m.

– Saturday, Dec. 9, 11 a.m. t0 5 p.m.

– Sunday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m. t0 5 p.m.

– Friday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m. t0 5 p.m.

– Saturday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m. t0 5 p.m.

– Sunday, Dec.17, 11 a.m. t0 5 p.m.

– Thursday, Dec. 21, 11 a.m. t0 5 p.m.

– Friday, Dec. 22, 11 a.m. t0 5 p.m.

– Saturday, Dec. 23, 11 a.m. t0 5 p.m.

May your days be merry and bright, Central Oregon!

MAIL A LETTER TO SANTA

Write & Mail a Letter to Santa

From Nov. 24 to Dec. 17, one special Christmas mailbox will be in the Old Mill District for children to drop off their letters to Santa. This year Santa’s mailbox will be located outside of SantaLand, which will be between Sunglass Hut and Sweet Tooth Candy Shoppe near the center of the District. A reminder that a postage stamp is NOT required. If the child would like to receive a letter back, please be sure to include the return address on the envelope.

TREE OF JOY

HELPING KIDS AND FAMILIES IN NEED 

Tree of Joy: Give to Families in Need this Holiday Season

A partnership between the Salvation Army, the Rotary Club of Greater Bend and the Old Mill District, the Tree of Joy ensures that every child in Central Oregon experiences the joy of Christmas.

This season give a gift to a child or family in need through the Tree of Joy in SantaLand. The Tree of Joy has gift suggestions for families in need. Grab a list and return the unwrapped present to SantaLand and the Salvation Army and Rotary Club will deliver the gifts.

The Tree of Joy will be up in SantaLand the following days this holiday season from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Nov. 24-27, Dec. 1-3, Dec. 8-10, and Dec. 15-17.

Tree of Joy in SantaLand in the Old Mill District

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