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Holiday Happenings2021-12-22T11:07:24-08:00

ENJOY BEND FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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

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

Visit with Santa in Bend, Oregon: Mr. Claus is set to make his rounds in Bend’s Old Mill District

Hold on to your tinsel! Santa is making his pilgrimage down from the North Pole to SantaLand in the Old Mill District on Friday, Nov. 26! 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, sing carols and get their picture taken with the jolly man in red.

He’ll be available to entertain your little sugarplums every Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. starting Thanksgiving weekend through December – Nov. 26-27, Dec. 3-4, Dec. 10-11, Dec. 17-18, and Dec. 21-22. With a little help from the elves, Santa will engage the kiddos in various activities like reading holiday books, opening and reading letters, singing carols and answering questions about life in the North Pole with the reindeer.

Santa schedule in the Old Mill District:

– Friday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m. t0 3 p.m.

– Saturday, Nov. 27, 11 a.m. t0 3 p.m.

– Friday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m. t0 3 p.m.

– Saturday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m. t0 3 p.m.

– Friday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m. t0 3 p.m.

– Saturday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m. t0 3 p.m.

– Friday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. t0 3 p.m.

– Saturday, Dec. 18, 11 a.m. t0 3 p.m.

– Tuesday, Dec. 21, 11 a.m. t0 3 p.m.

-Wednesday, Dec. 22, 11 a.m. t0 3 p.m.

It’s our wish to spread holiday cheer but in a way that respects the current health and safety guidelines. Photos and selfies are encouraged, but we ask that spectators maintain proper distance between one another as well as Santa and his special helpers.

May your days be merry and bright, Central Oregon!

MAIL A LETTER TO SANTA

Write & Mail a Letter to Santa

From Nov. 26 to Dec. 19, three special Christmas mailboxes will be in the Old Mill District for children to drop off their letters to Santa. The mailboxes can be found at the South end by Wild Child, in the SantaLand plaza near City Home and Greg’s and at the North end of the district.

Please note: No postage stamp is required. If the child would like to receive a letter back, be sure to include the return address on the envelope.

TREE OF JOY

LONG-TIME GIFT GIVING PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN NEED RETURNS THIS YEAR

Tree of Joy: Give to Needy Families 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 year, the traditional in-person Tree of Joy with tags is on hold, but the annual program that provides approximately 1,000 Central Oregon children with holiday gifts will live on virtually. 

If you would like to participate by purchasing a gift for a child, visit the Rotary Club of Greater Bend website for children’s names and gift ideas!

Unwrapped gifts can be delivered to The Salvation Army in Bend at 515 NE Dekalb near Bend High School. The Salvation Army is receiving gifts Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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