Happy Holidays

Joy to the Bend: Happy Holidays & Happening in Bend

We love all four seasons in Bend, but there’s something special about the holiday months here in Central Oregon. From early-morning runs at the mountain to carriage rides and warm drinks in the Old Mill District, the experiences we share when the days are shorter and the air is crisper seem to stick with us the longest.

Some come join us along the Deschutes River for some of our favorite holiday events!

Celebrity Santa

Take a photo with the holiday’s biggest celebrity…Santa! Parents join in the fun by guessing the Celebrity Santa of the day. Local, county and state officials as well as local personalities. Participate in this year’s fun event located in SantaLand. Photography by Karen Cammack Photography.  Photographs are $10 each for a 5X7 print or $15 per jpeg.

Nov. 24-26, Dec. 1-3, Dec. 8-10, Dec. 15-17 and Dec. 20-23. Open from 11am-5pm: Doors open at 10:45am to begin sign-ups.

Please note- Santa’s schedule gets filled quickly, be sure to arrive early.

Be sure to check-in at the SantaLand table as soon as you arrive. They’ll take down your cell phone while you wait for your turn in line giving you the opportunity to finish shopping or have lunch.

Where’s SantaLand?

SantaLand is located next to Athleta and Orangetheory Fitness in the former Orvis building.

Tree of Joy

This season give a gift to a child or family in need through the Tree of Joy in SantaLand. Choose a name and gift suggestion and return it back to SantaLand by Dec. 17.

Carriage Rides

During the holidays, the Old Mill District provides complimentary carriage rides from 1-4 p.m. with Cowboy Carriage.  Located between Ben & Jerry’s and Francesca’s. Tips and donations benefiting KIDS Center. (Carriage rides are weather dependent.)

2017 Holiday Ride Schedule

Nov. 25-26

Dec. 2-3

Dec. 9-10

Dec. 16-17

Dec. 23-24


Roving Musical Performances

2017 Holiday Caroler Schedule

Friday, Dec. 1
High Desert Men’s Barbershop, 6-7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 2
Victorian Caroler, 3-4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 3
Bend High School Choir, 2-3 p.m.
Mountain View High School Adante Jazz Choir, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 8
High Desert Middle School, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Summit High School Choir, 1-2 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 9
High Desert Men’s Barbershop, 2-3 p.m.
Sisters High School Jazz Choir, 3-5 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 10
Trinity Lutheran High School Chamber Choir, 6-7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16
High Desert Men’s Barbershop, 3-4 p.m.
Victorian Carolers, 3-4 p.m.
Summit High School Choir, 3-4 p.m.
Youth Choir of Central Oregon, 3-5 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 17
Mountain View High School Adante Jazz Choir, 1-2 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 18
Trinity Lutheran High School Chamber Choir, 6-7 p.m.
Mastersingers, 7-8 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 19
Mastersingers, 6-7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 22,
Victorian Carolers, 5:30-7 p.m.