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(SUNRIVER, Ore.)—As the leaves begin to turn and the nights get colder, anticipation is building in Central Oregon for the annual Traditions at Sunriver Resort. This month-long celebration of the holidays starts in earnest with the Grand Illumination on Friday, Nov. 27, and culminates with the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day. In between, Resort guests and the general public will find more than 150 family-friendly activities and events created in the spirit of holiday tradition.

Some of the highlights of Traditions at Sunriver Resort (full schedule available at include the following:

Grand Illumination
On Nov. 27, Central Oregon’s largest holiday light display comes to life during Sunriver Resort’s Grand Illumination, which also features free sleigh rides, live music, a magician, holiday characters, a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus, and more.

Gingerbread Junction
With more than 100 extravagantly decorated gingerbread homes lining Cinnamon Lane, Gingerbread Junction is the largest collection of gingerbread houses in the Northwest. On display in the Sunriver Lodge, Gingerbread Junction is truly a sight to behold.

Sleigh Rides
What better way to get into the holiday spirit than a traditional sleigh ride through the snowy meadows of Sunriver Resort and along the banks of the Deschutes River. Curl up under a blanket with family and loved ones for a trip to be remembered.
Breakfast with Santa
Kids of all ages can tell Santa to please pass the jam at this magical breakfast buffet held every Saturday and Sunday during Traditions.

Teddy Bear Tea
Every Saturday, parents and children can come for a real tea party with their favorite teddy bear in tow. Enjoy finger sandwiches, desserts, fine teas and holiday cheer in the Hearth Room at Sunriver Lodge.

Elf Tuck-Ins
To cap off a day of fun at Sunriver Resort, Santa’s little helpers are available to visit your room or rental house to tuck them in for the night.

Family Christmas Concert
Families can enjoy live music with a special sing-along concert of Christmas and holiday tunes the whole family will enjoy.

Throughout the duration of Traditions, guests can take advantage of the Resort’s special Sugarplum Package, with rates from $139 per night. The Sugarplum Package is valid Nov. 26, 2009, through Jan. 3, 2010, and includes a $50 resort credit for each night’s stay (minimum three night stay may be required on weekends and holidays). Some blackout dates and additional restrictions apply. To book the Sugarplum Package visit and enter promo code PRPLUM.

For more information on Traditions at Sunriver Resort or for reservations, visit or call 1-800-386-1922.

About Sunriver Resort:
Located in Central Oregon, Sunriver Resort features nearly 250 guestrooms and more than 400 vacation rental properties comprised of private homes and condominiums. A Destination Hotels & Resorts property, Sunriver Resort is a year-round outdoor enthusiast’s dream with 63 holes of championship golf, 28 tennis courts, 35 miles of paved bike paths, three swimming complexes, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking, fly fishing, and skiing and snowboarding at nearby Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort. Other amenities include the Sage Springs Club & Spa, first-class programs for youth and teens, and a nearby shopping village, and the Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory. For more information call 800-801-8765 or visit

About Destination Hotels & Resorts:
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held lodging management company headquartered in suburban Denver, Colo. With more than 30 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the fifth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 7,000 guest rooms, 10 golf courses and 12 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Houston, Denver, Dallas, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Maui and Lake Tahoe. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit

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