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Christmas Paddle 2017-11-10T00:42:22+00:00

2017 Christmas Lights Kayak Paddle

Every year Bend’s most dedicated paddling enthusiasts dress up their canoes and kayaks in holiday garb and paddle around the Deschutes River for a few hours for the annual Christmas Lights Kayak in the Old Mill District. This is one of those events that gets the whole town in the spirit and feels very authentic to Bend.

Paddlers should meet at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe on Friday, December 15 at 3 p.m. to decorate their kayak or canoe. After the crowd assembles, we’ll depart from the dock at 4 p.m.behind the shop and paddle upstream up to the Flag Bridge. On our way back down, we’ll assemble in formation; this will give family and friends the opportunity to take photographs of our decorated boats.

Spectators should plan on seeing the decorated boats from approximately 4:15 p.m. and beyond.

In past years, the paddlers of Bend have gone all out decorating their boats with lights, trees, wreaths and garlands. Bring some holiday cheer to your paddling experience!

After the paddle, everyone is welcome back at the shop for some warm beverages and good company.