5 Central Oregon Activities That Will Make Your Holidays Magical

By Annette Benedetti

Bend, Oregon is a beautiful place to live and visit during the winter season, and when it comes to the holidays, it’s downright magical. There are an endless number of Central Oregon activities for families with children to enjoy throughout the winter months. The following are five must-do winter activities and events that are guaranteed to make this holiday season unforgettable for years to come.

Central Oregon Activites

Eagle Crest Starfest

Thanksgiving – New Years 5:00pm-8:00pm
Adults cost $10. Children (5-12) cost $5.

Your family will be dazzled by the mile-long animated light display along Falcon Crest Drive. From Thanksgiving to New Years, Starfest attracts hundreds of visitors, both young and old, and never fails to impress. Self-guided tours are free, or bundle up and enjoy a tour by horse drawn wagon.

Skating as Seventh Mountain Resort

Ice-skating at Seventh Mountain Resort is a family favorite year after year. Located in Bend, the Seventh Mountain skating rink provides hours of holiday fun as you glide across ice with a loved one or twirl, whirl, and share giggles with your children. Skates are available for rent. For rates and hours visit the Seventh Mountain website.

Sleigh Rides at Sunriver Resort

December 13-January 3rd
Cost: $125 per sleigh non-holiday dates
$175 per Sleigh: December 24, 25, 31, and January 1

Your family will delight at this time-honored tradition hosted by Sunriver Resort. You can enjoy a romantic one-horse open sleigh ride along the beautiful Deschutes River with that special person in your life, or take the whole family. The Victorian sleighs fit two adults and two children. Blankets provided.

2015 Bend Christmas Parade

December 5th 12pm

This year the Bend Christmas Parade is sure to spread cheer. With a theme like Christmas Scenes That Make You Smile, how could it be anything less than spectacular? The parade travels thought Downtown Bend with a plethora of floats and acts that are sure to please. Your little ones can even expect to see Santa on his sleigh!

Sled Dog Rides

Go on a wild ride behind a real dog sled with Oregon Trail of Dreams! If you want to infuse your holiday fun with some adventure, this is a Central Oregon activity you don’t want to miss. You stay cozy in the sled while professional mushers guide. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the sights of Central Oregon, Broken Top, the Three Sisters and Mt. Bachelor. Visit Mt. Bachelor Website for hours and pricing

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