Best Holiday Events in Bend

Bend, Oregon is a magical place to visit during the holiday season. There are so many festive events for every age and interest. From a traditional small-town Christmas Parade to New Year’s Eve Bonfire on the Snow snowshoe tour, there is so much to see and do this holiday season. And for all of the powder hounds, add in close proximity to one of the Pacific Northwest’s snowiest ski resorts, Mt. Bachelor.

Make Pronghorn Resort your home base this holiday season. We’ll keep the fire on, your robes ready, and the year-round heated pool and hot tub steaming.

Book your holiday getaway to Pronghorn Resort and the Huntington Lodge today! 

Enjoy the magic of the season at Pronghorn Resort in Bend, Oregon. Whether you’re escaping for a quiet and peaceful getaway, gathering with friends and family, or taking an adventure-filled Central Oregon winter vacation, Pronghorn Resort is the best place to land this holiday season.

Check out the ongoing holiday festivities at Pronghorn!

December 19 – January 5: Click here for all of the details! <link to December Calendar page when ready>

We look forward to welcoming you and your loved ones to Pronghorn Resort this holiday season. We have plenty of resort activities to keep the kids and adults entertained during your stay. 

Enjoy Kids Movie Nights showing family-friendly classics such as How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Story, Charlie Brown Christmas, Nightmare Before Christmas and more. We’ll also have Adult Movie Nights for those traveling sans children (or for parents needing some alone time—childcare will be available!) featuring Krampus, Bad Santa, Fargo and more.

We’ll have plenty of festive crafts, games and activities too, including Ornament Making, Cookie Decorating, DIY Gingerbread House, S’mores by the Fire, Pictures with Santa, Adult Sunday Fundays, DIY Snow Globes, Caroling & Campfire Fun, DIY Cider, Fat Bike Rides, Snow Painting, Snowshoeing, New Year’s Resolutions and so much more!

Don’t miss the Cave Tour on Saturday, January 4. Enjoy a guided cave experience in our underground ancient lava cave! Headlamps provided. RSVP will be required.

Other options include a cozy afternoon in front of the fire with a loved one and Cranberry Mules, an indulgent body treatment or massage in The Spa, a dip in the year-round adult-only heated pool and hot tub, or fat bike rides around the resort. There is no limit to holiday fun and relaxation at Pronghorn Resort!

And if you’d like to explore the festivities and glittering lights in Bend, check out one of the many holiday traditions you’ll find in our picturesque town!

These are some of the best holiday events in Bend that you don’t want to miss:

Downtown Bend Christmas Tree Lighting

Friday, December 6

Join Santa as he counts down to the lighting of the community tree in Drake Park. Enjoy caroling, community and the magical splendor of this annual tree lighting in beautiful Bend.

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First Friday Holiday Art Walk

Friday, December 6

Join other revelers in downtown Bend for a special First Friday Holiday Art Walk. Stroll along the magically lit streets and pop into shops and art galleries for special promotions, snacks and drinks. It’s a wonderful way to begin the season in Bend and get a head start on your holiday shopping.

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Jingle Bell Run

Saturday, December 7 

Get your jingle on at the fun and festive holiday fun run—all to battle the #1 cause of disability! The Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run is the original festive race for charity. Bring a team of friends, family and co-workers to run or walk. 100% of your registration fee and fundraising go to a great cause.

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Bend Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 7

Grab a chair and a cup of hot cocoa and settle in for a traditional, small-town Christmas parade! Enjoy carolers, marching bands, holiday-themed floats, parading entertainment, and a finale with Santa himself!

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Holiday Lights Winter Paddle Parade

Saturday, December 13

Every year Bend’s most ded­i­cated paddling enthusiasts dress up their canoes and kayaks in bright lights and hol­i­day garb and pad­dle around the Deschutes River for a few hours for Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe’s Holiday Lights Winter Paddle Parade in the Old Mill Dis­trict. This is one of those events that gets the whole town in the spirit and feels very authen­tic to Bend. And it’s just as much fun to watch as it is to float!

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Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl Fundraiser

Saturday, December 13

Put on your favorite ugly holiday sweater and help raise funds for Downtown Bend. Participating locations include Bend Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery, The Astro Lounge, Crater Lakes Spirits Tasting Room, The Wine Shop, Velvet Bend and more.

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Winter Solstice Celebration

Friday, December 20

The Pavilion’s ice rink will celebrate the shortest day of the year. With festivities to welcome winter’s delights, enjoy ice skating, holiday treats and performances from the Bend Ice Figure Skating Club.

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New Year’s Eve Bonfire on the Snow

Tuesday, December 31

This is one of our favorite ways to ring in the New Year! Snowshoe with your guide to bask in a glowing bonfire in the middle of an amphitheater, hand-carved into the snow. Relax around the fire enjoying desserts and hot drinks while naturalist guides share fun facts about the forest, its animal life, and the night sky! At midnight, toast to the new year and enjoy the magnificence of the snowy forest evening before returning to your cozy lodging at the Huntington Lodge.

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No matter how you fill your days and nights this holiday season, it will be festive and fun at Pronghorn Resort! Book your holiday getaway today.