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Eat, Play and Be Merry! Join the 17th Annual Annual Traditions Celebration at Sunriver Resort

Eat, Play and Be Merry! Join the 17th Annual Annual Traditions Celebration at Sunriver Resort

Sunriver Resort, a Destination Hotel, is decking the halls this winter season, with a two-month-long lineup of activities and events. Some of the key holiday happenings include the Grand Illumination lighting ceremony, the Gingerbread Junction display, elf tuck-ins and special Fort Funnigan programming for kids, and a number of festive dining events. The Central Oregon getaway is a favorite all-seasons destination and, with neighboring Mt. Bachelor and a variety of special programming, a can’t-miss winter wonderland for the whole family.

Programming: A selection of the time-honored Traditions programming is included below, with a full calendar of events and reservation information available on the Sunriver Resort website.

  • Holiday Dining Events (Nov. 26 – Jan. 1)
    Chef Travis Taylor and Sunriver Resort are pulling out all the stops for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s dining specials. From multi-course prix fixe meals and lavish buffets to post-holiday brunches, the options are endless. Prices start at $24 per person, with select meals free for children under 5 or those who attend with a paying adult. Reservations required.
  • Turkey Trot 5k Fun Run and Walk (Nov. 27, 10 a.m.)
    Say yes to seconds (or thirds!) at Thanksgiving dinner and run it off during the annual three-mile Turkey Trot to support the Neighborhood Impact program. Cost is $25 and pre-registration is required (no day-of registration available); those who sign up before Nov. 15 receive a free shirt!
  • Grand Illumination (Nov. 27, 1:30 – 7 p.m.)
    Bring the family to the “North Pole,” adjacent to the Main Lodge, for an evening of crafts, live entertainment, pony rides and more! The tented area will also feature works and food for purchase from local artisans and vendors. The parade and tree lighting will begin at 5:30 p.m., and complimentary shuttles will be available to the “North Pole” tent from select locations throughout the event.
  • Brunch with Santa (Nov. 28, Dec. 12, Dec. 24, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.) 
    Enjoy a brunch of holiday favorites with the man in the red suit! Santa is setting up shop in the historic Great Hall and will be joined by fun characters to mix, mingle and partake in festivities! Reservations required; cost is $42 for adults, $21 for children ages 6-12 and free for those 5 and under.
  • Elf Tuck-Ins (Nov. 28, Dec. 11 – 12 and 18 – 24, 6 – 9 p.m.)
    Santa’s helpers will pay bedtime visits to resort guests, read a beloved Christmas story to the little ones, deliver a special goodie bag, and leave them with visions of Sugar Plum Fairies dancing in their heads! For ages 12 and under, reservations required. Cost is $25-45 per child, depending on date.
  • Gingerbread Junction (Dec. 4 – Jan. 1) 
    Gumdrops and frosting and candy canes, oh my! Now in its 19th year, Gingerbread Junction is a favorite community display of sweetly decorative houses. Guests who want to get in on the holiday cheer can fill out the participation form to reserve a “lot,” with all proceeds and matching donations from Sunriver Resort benefitting the Newberry Habitat for Humanity. Gingerbread Junction will be on display in the Abbot Room and is free and open to the public.
  • Fort Funnigan’s Junior Gingerbread Junction (Dec. 18, 6 – 9 p.m.)
    It’s an evening of sweet excursions, starting with games like Candy Land and Candy Cane Hunt, and then taking a field trip to Gingerbread Junction for inspiration. Kids will then be equipped with their own sugary kit to create mini gingerbread houses at the Fort! Open to kids ages 3-10; cost is $35 for guests and $40 for non-guests.
  • Santa’s Workshop (Fridays, Dec. 4 – 18, 3 –5 p.m., Saturdays, Nov. 28 – Dec. 19, 1 – 5 p.m. and Dec. 21 – 27, 1 – 5 p.m.; excluding Christmas Day)
    Step into the magical world of Santa’s Workshop and create a hand-crafted holiday keepsake! Choose from fused-glass ornaments, night lights or a hand-painted ceramic mug, ready to be filled with cocoa. The Workshop is located in The Outpost, between Fort Funnigan and the Bike Barn; cost is $12 - $40, depending on the keepsake.
  • The Bear Factory (Saturdays, Nov. 28 – Dec. 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
    Kids can choose from a variety of holiday characters, from Rudolf to Frosty, to hand stuff, dress in a seasonal outfit and take home as a huggable keepsake. The Bear Factory is located in the Abbott Room and is walk-in only; cost is $25 per animal and $15 per outfit.
  • Sunriver Sleigh Rides (Dec. 12 – Jan. 3; weather permitting)
    Go dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh, and take in the scenic sights along the Deschutes River! Victorian Sleighs seat four adults and two children comfortably, so the whole family can bundle up with warm winter blankets and enjoy the time-honored tradition. Reservations required; sleighs are $125 and $175 on Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan. 1.
  • Fort Funnigan’s A Very Crafty Christmas at Fort Funnigan (Dec. 19, 6 – 9 p.m.)
    Kids can become elves in Santa’s workshop, with an evening of ornament building to make gifts for the whole family. Each child will be given supplies for three ornaments and treated to hot cocoa and games after the craftwork is complete! Open to kids ages 3-10; cost is $35 for guests and $40 for non-guests.
  • Fort Funnigan’s Snow Much Fun! (Dec. 23 and 29, 6 – 9 p.m.)
    Snow isn’t just for the outdoors anymore! Get ready for a night of indoor snowmen, indoor snow ball fights and special snow dough crafts, with a surprise visit from Frosty the Snowman! Kids can strike a pose and take a picture with Frosty to send to their parents. Open to kids ages 3-10; cost is $35 for guests and $40 for non-guests.
  • Fort Funnigan’s Holiday Pajama Rama (Dec. 26, 6 – 9 p.m.)
    It’s time for comfy fun! Kids can don their favorite sleepwear for the ultimate pajama party, complete with sleeping bag races, pillow fights and other fun games. Make a stop at the Bear Factory to hand-stuff a keepsake animal and finish off the night sweet with a banana split! Open to kids ages 3-10; cost is $35 for guests and $40 for non-guests.
"I loved this hotel, with a lot of facilities, The staff is very friendly and its amazing nature around."- Ana P. via Expedia
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"Our room was phenomenal! And the bike ride with my son will forever be an amazing memory."- Tracy via Guest Review
"Wow, what a great experience for the whole family! 5 stars, would definitely visit again!"- John Smith via TripAdvisor
"After having spent a weekend with our daughter - I rate the Sunriver Resort a solid 5 stars."- Wayne C. via Trip Advisor
"This was our fifth trip to Sunriver Resort. Very relaxing as always. Great place to go for a quick getaway."- Cliff M. via Trip Advisor
"It is a great place to get away and have some fun."- somewhereoutthere via Trip Advisor
"This is my favorite guest room anywhere and we have traveled the world"- Marsha via Guest Review
"Our company had our annual retreat here and it was perfect. Lots of things to do for all ages."- Toni M via Trip Advisor

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