Annual Holiday Traditions at Sunriver Resort Make For Merry Memories
This holiday season, Sunriver Resort, a Destination Hotel, is getting in the spirit with a calendar packed full of winter wonderland fun.
With nearly 200 activities and events, including the annual Grand Illuminations lighting ceremony, sleigh rides, elf tuck-ins, special Fort Funnigan programming for children ages 3-10, and several dining events, Sunriver Resort is Oregon's premier destination for a festive and action-packed getaway.
Third Annual Turkey Trot 5k Fun Run and Walk (Nov. 28, 10 a.m.)
Don't worry about that second helping of pumpkin pie; you can work it off in three miles while supporting the Neighborhood Impact program. Turkey Trot is an untimed Fun Run/Walk; cost is $25 and pre-registration is required at www.sunriver-resort.com/traditions. Register before Nov. 15 to receive a free shirt!
Grand Illuminations (Nov. 28, 3 - 7 p.m.)
Bring your family around the North Pole for holiday fun, children's crafts and of course, the amazing tree and lodge lighting ceremony. There will be entertainment from Mr. Magic, face painting, Victorian carolers, pony rides, food, beverages and more. Complimentary shuttles are available and the event is free and open to the public.
Gingerbread Junction (Dec. 5, 2014 - Jan. 1, 2015)
Build fond memories and a spectacular gingerbread house, while helping the community at the 19th Annual Gingerbread Junction. Sale proceeds for each lot will be donated to the Newberry Habitat for Humanity. Houses will be on display for free to the public at the Sunriver Resort Lodge.
Holiday Dining Events (Nov. 27 - Jan. 1)
Diners will delight in Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's dining specials at Sunriver Resort including, multi-course prix fixe meals featuring mouthwatering delicacies and bountiful buffets of holiday favorites. Prices start at $24 per person; some meals are free for children who attend with a paying adult. Please call 541-593-3740 to book your seat at the table.
Brunch with Santa (Nov. 29, Dec. 20, Dec. 24, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Kids and adults can meet Santa and his friends in the historic Great Hall while enjoying a brunch and fun festivities! Reservations are required: $42 for adults, $21 for children ages 6-12 and free for those 5 and under.
Elf Tuck-ins (Nov. 29, Dec. 12 - 13 and 20 - 24, 6 - 9 p.m.)
Visions of Sugar Plum Fairies will dance in their heads after Santa¡¦s helper reads a beloved Christmas story and says good night with warm wishes and a special goodie bag. For ages 12 and under, reservations required: cost is $25-35 per guest child.
Santa's Workshop (Nov. 29 - Dec. 20, 1 - 5 p.m., Dec. 5 - 19, 3 - 5 p.m. and Dec. 22 - 27, 1 - 5 p.m.)
Step into the magical world of Santa's Workshop and create your own hand-crafted holiday keepsake! Cost: $12-40, pending keepsake (not open on Christmas Day).
The Bear Factory (Nov. 29 - Dec. 27, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
Choose from holiday characters, such as Rudolf or Frosty, or a host of other winter wonderland animals such as penguins, polar bears and more! Kids will hand-stuff them to the perfect hug-ability and dress their new friend in an outfit suitable for a holiday party or brunch with Santa. Walk-ins welcome: $25 per animal and $15 per outfit.
Gingerbread Cookie Decorating (Dec. 6, 13 and 20, 3:30 - 5 p.m.)
The holidays aren't complete without a batch of freshly baked gingerbread cookies. Sunriver Resort's skilled pastry chef will provide the cookies and icing but kids are in charge of the sugary decorations! Two cookies for $5.
Sunriver Sleigh Rides (Dec. 13, 2014 - Jan. 3, 2015; daily, weather permitting)
Treat your family to a time-honored Holiday Tradition: a one-horse open sleigh ride along the Deschutes River! Victorian Sleighs hold four adults and two children comfortably, warm winter blankets are provided. To book, please call: 541-593-6995. Sleighs are $125 on off-days and $175 during holiday dates.
Fort Funnigan's Junior Gingerbread Junction (Dec. 19, 6 - 9 p.m.)
Start the night with games like Candy Land and Candy Cane Hunt, after that we'll take a field trip to Gingerbread Junction for inspiration then we'll head back to the Fort to start our Sunriver Tradition of creating mini ginger bread houses! Open to kids ages 3-10, and costs $35 per guest child and $40 for non-guests.
A Very Crafty Christmas at Fort Funnigan (Dec. 20, 6 - 9 p.m.)
Parents are encouraged to take a night to themselves to dine out or relax at the spa. Kids enjoy hot chocolate and games, and will make three different ornaments to take home. Open to kids ages 3-10, and costs $35 per guest child and $40 for non-guests.
Sunriver Resort Magic Show (Dec. 21, 26 - 30, 7 - 8 p.m.)
As if the holiday season weren't magical enough, we're hosting a special evening show full of humor, interaction and of course...magic! $5 for adults and free for children under 12 attending with an adult.
Fort Funnigan's Holiday Pajama Rama (Dec. 27, 6 - 9 p.m.)
Wear your favorite pajamas and join us in your comfy sleepwear for the ultimate pajama party. Participate in sleeping bag races, pillow fights and other fun games. We'll hand-stuff a holiday animal from the Bear Factory and make banana splits! Open to kids ages 3-10, and costs $35 per guest child and $40 for non-guests.
Where: Sunriver Resort, a Destination Hotel; 15 miles from Bend, Ore.
17600 Center Dr.
Sunriver, OR 97707
When: Nov. 25, 2014 - Jan. 1, 2015
More: For a full list of holiday programming and a calendar of events, click here.