Happy Hours in Sunriver

Family vacations are the best. But even on vacation, we could all use a little break.

If you can find an hour or two to break away for a money-saving afternoon treat, we’ve got the list for you of the best happy hours in Sunriver!

El Caporal

Located at: 57100 Beaver Drive

For traditional and quality Mexican dishes and a great selection of tasty margaritas right in the Village at Sunriver, visit El Caporal. For a happy hour treat, grab any appetizer for $1 off from 3pm – 6pm any day of the week. After a long day of floating the river and riding the trails, nothing beats a cold margarita and a plate of nachos!

Hola! Sunriver

Located at: 57235 Deschutes Rd.

Margaritas and salsa on the river! Right next to the Sunriver Resort Marina, you’ll find Hola!, a Mexican-Peruvian restaurant, offering happy hour deals from 3pm-6pm, Monday – Friday. Grab one of their tasty margaritas or mojitos and get $2 off, or receive $1 off beer and $3 off all appetizers. I recommend the Ceviche for a cool and appetizing snack. Or, the Guacamole Fresco for a show right at your table followed by some darn good guacamole.  Saving money while sipping on a cold beverage with a breathtaking view = Heaven on Earth!

Marcello’s Cucina Italiana

Located at: 57031 Ponderosa Rd.

This cozy and authentic Italian restaurant offers a full bar, wine and beer, plus mouth-watering appetizers of all kinds. Visit between 4pm and 6pm on any day of the week and you’ll receive $5 well drinks, $5 local beers and house wines or $3 for a bottled beer. Also, receive $2 off any appetizer. The Cheesy Garlic Bread is never lacking in cheese and the Gnocchi is tasty and so appetizing! In addition to these great deals, and, as a guest of Village Properties at Sunriver, Marcello’s will offer a 10% discount on regular menu items when you show your Village Properties key tag.

Twisted River Tavern

Located at: 17600 Center Drive

Hop over to the Sunriver Resort’s lodge to enjoy a view of the mountains and the Meadows Golf Course while sipping a cool cocktail and noshing some tasty treats. Visit the newly remodeled and rebranded tavern between 3:30pm and 5pm any day of the week and receive a signature appetizer for only $3 – $6! Order a cool beverage for anywhere between $3.50 and $5. The flavors, and the views, will not disappoint.

Village Bar & Grill

Located at: 57100 Beaver Drive, Building #7

In the heart of The Village, you will not have to travel far to receive some traditional American cuisine. Offering a full bar and a wide selection of micro and domestic beers, you’ll be sure to find something for everyone. Visit any day of the week from 3pm – 6pm and receive $1 off cocktails, $5 house wines, $4 micro brews or $2.50 domestic brews. If you’d like some great food to go with your refreshing beverage, you’ll receive $2 off any appetizer. Grab a basket of fries, some sliders and a couple of beers and you’ll fulfill that afternoon hankering! And, as a guest of Village Properties at Sunriver, the Village Bar and Grill will offer a 15% discount on regular menu items when you show your Village Properties key tag.

The Wallow Bar & Grill

Located at: 17363 Spring River Road

Head out of the Sunriver common area, across the Deschutes River and you’ll find the Spring River Plaza where the Wallow Bar & Grill sits, off the beaten path. Visit the restaurant and enjoy their beautiful patio between 4pm and 6pm, Monday through Friday to receive some great deals on some of their delicious appetizers and beverages. Domestic beers for only $2.75 or micro brews for $3.75, or enjoy a well drink for only $3.75. Pair your drink choice with an afternoon snack of the Wallow Signature Wings, some Spinach Artichoke and Roasted Poblano Dip, or my favorite, the Locked and Loaded Fries. These are just a few of the options that are offered at a discount for Happy Hour at this laid-back and easy-to-get-to location.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of our best happy hours in Sunriver. Do you have a favorite dish or drink at one of these happy hours in Sunriver – or another – venue that we haven’t listed? We’re all ears.

5 Essentials to Pack for a Winter Vacation

Visiting Central Oregon from a warmer climate? Or maybe from where it rains a whole lot? It’s hard to pack for a winter vacation when you don’t deal with winter on a daily basis. We’ve put together this cheat sheet to help you pack for a winter vacation! Once you have a few essentials, you’ll find yourself feeling quite prepared.

We all know that you need a good underlayer, coat, and a pair of waterproof boots that fit well. But what else? Let’s go over five very important items that are often forgotten.

Here Are Five Things to Pack for a Winter Vacation

A Well-Fitting Hat (Or Hats, If You like to Switch It Up!)

While mom was not exactly right that we lose 80% of our body heat through our head, it’s still important to cover that noggin. In reality, we lose the same amount of body heat through our head as the rest of our body. We’re just not as good at covering it up.

To make sure all of your parts are warm enough, don’t forget your hat! A good hat will cover your ears, partly cover the back of your neck, and won’t contain extra flaps, fluff balls, or other accessories. You’ll want to grab something similar, made of a thin and modern material, for maximum warmth.

Good Gloves

Even if you don’t plan on participating in a winter adventure while you’re here, you’ve got to have a good pair of gloves on hand. It can get really cold, and a short walk from the car into a store could have you blowing warm air into your hands. You’ll feel more prepared, more comfortable, and less light-headed from all the blowing warm air if you remember to bring gloves!


While this seems like an item to pack for summer, it should also be in your winter gear. A sunny day spent in the snow with no sunscreen on your face will result in pain later on. The sun’s reflection on the bright white snow calls for a worse burn than you’d get on a day at the lake in the summer.


And, while we’re talking about the sun (because here, in Sunriver, we get lots of snow and lots of sun!) don’t forget your sunglasses. Ideally, you’ll want a polarized pair, but as long as you have some sort of shade over your eyeballs, you’ll be better off than if you’d left them in your beach bag.

A Cup or Thermos to Keep Your Drink Warm

If you plan on going for a walk on the famous Sunriver paths while snow flutters down, or stepping outside to watch the kids throw snowballs at each other, you’ll want a hot drink in your hand. And you’ll enjoy that cozy drink even more if it stays warm. Whether you choose an insulated Hydro Flask or an old thermos, you’ll be much happier with your outdoor time with a warm drink in hand.

Our Favorite (Discounted) Winter Activities in Sunriver

We’ve partnered with some great local businesses with one goal in mind: to help you save money and have a great time during your Sunriver vacation! Plan your winter activities right with these great local businesses. These companies are some of the best recreation providers in our area. Check out the full list to learn about local business and dining discounts on some of our favorite winter activities in Sunriver.

Here Are Our Favorite Winter Activities in Sunriver

Good-2-Go Food & Fun | 541-593-0339

Go snowmobiling at a discounted price with Good 2 Go Food & Fun! These guys will take care of you from start to finish with your adventure. Here, you can rent snowmobiles and have your lunch packed for your days activities. Good 2 Go is offering a 10% discount on any item, trip, or rental to all our valued Village Properties guests.

Central Oregon Adventures | 541-593-8887

Would like to follow an expert through the woods on a snowmobile? Not a bad idea! The guides at Central Oregon Adventures are experienced and know these woods well. For an experience that won’t be forgotten, call up Central Oregon Adventures for a 2- or 4- hour tour. Our favorite tour takes you up to Elk Lake Resort, where you can grab a burger and a warm drink halfway through your tour to fuel up for the ride back to the car! COA offers you, our guests, a 10% discount off any guided tour (Elk Lake stop not included!)

Village Bike & Ski Shop | 541-593-2453

Did you forget your skis? Village Bike & Ski has you covered. Head on over to building 12 at the Village at Sunriver. You’ll find winter gear for sale as well as skis and more for rent. Not only will these guys help you gear up for your mountain adventure, they’re extremely friendly and helpful. You’ll have fun before you even begin your adventure. Village Bike & Ski Shop is offering our guests a 10% discount on equipment rentals.

Wanderlust Tours | 541-389-8359

Wanderlust Tours offers some of the most unique and memorable tours in the area. Go for a nighttime snowshoe tour to a remote and quiet setting in the woods. After, enjoy a bonfire in the snow while sipping some hot drinks. Wanderlust offers a variety of snowshoe tours, cave tours, brewery tours, and more for your winter vacation. Wanderlust Tours is offering Village Properties guests a 10% discount off ½ day guided tours.

These are just a few of our favorite winter activities in Sunriver. We have a ton of local dining partners so you can take a load off and enjoy great food after your day’s adventures. We also have a local photographer who will follow you on your adventures to capture the fun your family is having on vacation! There is a grocery delivery service, a shop that offers painting on a cold day, and so much more. We hope that you have a memorable vacation and that you are able to take advantage of the kind discounts offered here.

Your Guide to Holiday Events in Sunriver

It’s hard to narrow down which activities to choose when visiting a new area. We’re here to help! Here are a few traditions locals hold near and dear to their hearts. Join our Central Oregon holiday traditions by participating in these holiday events in Sunriver.

Here’s Your Guide To This Years’ Holiday Events in Sunriver

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree | November and December

If you’re visiting the area over Christmas, you may want to grab a Christmas tree to put up in your vacation rental for the holiday. Who doesn’t want to wake up on Christmas morning with a beautiful tree by the window with twinkling lights and a few colorful gifts underneath?Leaving home for the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this Christmas tradition.

To really make this tradition a memorable one while you’re here in the forest and snow, head out to the Deschutes National Forest to cut down your own tree! We sell Christmas Tree Permits here at our office for $5 to help you plan. We’ll also share some guidelines and maps with you.

Let’s try to avoid the Griswold family Christmas and do things with a little less drama. Dress warmly so your eyeballs don’t freeze. Sing Christmas carols, but don’t get so lost in them that you drive underneath semi-trucks. You know, things like that.

The Rules

If you’d like to get a headstart on your planning, please read on for some input from the United States Department of Agriculture.

First, consider where you’re heading to find that perfect tree. Pines can be found on flatter and lower ground around Bend, whereas Firs and Cedars are found at higher elevations. Be sure you head to an area that is at least 150 feet from state highways, picnic areas, campgrounds, and other developed areas and at least 300 feet from streams and other bodies of water. Likewise, make sure that you are on National Forest land and not on private property.

The Fun

Getting there is at least half the fun! Consider snowshoeing or cross-country skiing into less accessible areas. The tree selection will be greater and so will the adventure! Make sure to dress warm and pack a Hydro-Flask filled with hot cider or cocoa.

Once you get back to Sunriver, you can use the branches you trim from the tree as holiday greens in other places throughout your home. Immediately cut a one-inch diagonal piece off the bottom of your tree and place the tree in a container with 16 parts water and one part sugar to keep it full and lively.

The Safety

Always let someone else know where you are going to cut your tree down. Bring additional warm clothing, plenty of water and snacks, a flashlight, a first aid kit, a hatchet or ax, and rope to tie the tree down. After you tie your tree tag onto the tree for traveling back to your home, you’re good to go!

Ice Skating at The Village at Sunriver | November 18th – All Winter

Last year, the ice arena at The Village at Sunriver got upgraded with a great new sound system and more! The ice arena is a longtime favorite for the holidays. Ice skating is a treat loved by all members of the family. For open hours or more information, call 541-593-5948.

Gingerbread Junction at Sunriver Resort | December 2nd – January 1st

A favorite Sunriver tradition for 22 years and counting—this is one of our favorite holiday events in Sunriver. Groups and individuals in the community build spectacular gingerbread houses to put on display for the month of December. The houses are on display in the Abbot Room of the Sunriver Resort Lodge. It is free and open to the public. Swing by and take a look as you wander the beautiful grounds of Sunriver Resort!

Elf Tuck-ins | December 8th – 24th

Give the kiddos something they won’t forget this year! The Sunriver Resort offers Elf Tuck-Ins (see available dates below). Santa’s helper will arrive to read a favorite Christmas story, say good night with warm holiday wishes, and give your child a special goodie bag.

Appointment times are available from 5 PM to 9:30 PM in 45-minute windows. Tuck-ins are available for Sunriver, Crosswater, and Caldera Springs communities. This event is for ages 12 and under only. Call 541-593-1000 for reservations.

Dates Available

November 25
December 8-9
December 15-17
December 20-24

Breakfast With Santa | December 16th and December 24th

Bring the kiddos to this yummy and magical event! Brunch seating begins at 8:30 AM and goes through noon. Enjoy a spread of all your holiday favorites! Santa and his friends will be there to greet you at the beautifully decorated Sunriver Resort Great Hall.

You’ll even have the chance to sit with Santa and get some memorable family photos. Reservations are required with a 36-hour cancellation policy. Call 541-593-1000 for reservations.

We hope you enjoy these holiday events in Sunriver. If you’ll be traveling to the area this December, check out our vacation rentals nearby. We have plenty of beautiful offerings perfect for the holidays.

Your Guide to December Events in Central Oregon

Our goal at Village Properties is to provide you with just the right home in Sunriver while giving you plenty of ideas of things to do in the area. Check out our list of December events in Central Oregon as you plan your trip. We also have a comprehensive calendar of events that is always being updated. Be sure to check there too!

Here Are Some of Our Favorite December Events in Central Oregon

Aaron Meyer Concert – Rock Violinist | December 1

This musical event will be held at the Sunriver Resort at 6:30pm on the 1st of December.

Aaron Meyer captivates audiences worldwide with his electrifying stage presence.
Aaron’s unique stage presence blended with awe-inspiring virtuosic performances immediately engages his fans, displaying an affinity for the violin in a seemingly effortless mastery of the instrument.

Pink Martini’s original violinist creates his own unique style and brand.
Aaron’s cutting edge musical style was inspired by his worldwide travels. After performing as an original band member for the world-renowned band Pink Martini, he recorded on the album Sympathique (which sold a million copies worldwide), Aaron then refined his own brand of music.

Aaron blends original music with cutting-edge arrangements of timeless classics.
His broad range of music includes everything from a dynamic rendition of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” to his exquisite versions of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb,” Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir,” and the Beatles classic “Let it Be.” Whenever he performs, he connects with audiences of all ages, cultures and backgrounds from all around the world.

“Aaron brings a unique and gorgeous voice to the violin. He has combined lyricism and amazing technique to become one of the best violinists around.” – Phil Baker, Pink Martini

Community Tree Lighting – Downtown Bend | December 1

Perhaps the most quintessential of the December events in Central Oregon, join the Bend community and light the Community Christmas Tree in Drake Park in Downtown Bend! Festivities are 6:30 PM – 7 PM with Santa arriving promptly at 6:55 PM!



2017 Bend Christmas Parade | December 2

Santa will be in Downtown Bend every Saturday in December until Christmas. For this event, he will be in the Annual Downtown Bend Christmas Parade. After the Parade, he will be available until 4 PM for free visits and photos with kids.

Please note that there is no professional photographer at this event, so bring your phone or camera to get as many photos with Santa as you desire! This event is free and open to our Bend Community.

Have questions? Contact us at downtownbend@gmail.com. Donations are accepted and go to Santa’s favorite charity.

Gingerbread Junction | December 2 – January 1

Sunriver Resort continues a favorite holiday tradition – the 22nd Annual Gingerbread Junction! Come visit Gingerbread Junction and marvel at the candy and cookie creations! Gingerbread houses will be on display in the Abbot Room of the Sunriver Resort Lodge from December 2nd through January 1st. This event is free and open to the public.



Santa’s Village in Downtown Bend | December 2 – 23

Santa will be in Downtown Bend every Saturday in December until Christmas, starting on December 1st at the Community Tree Lighting and the 2nd at the Bend Christmas parade. From then on, he will be available every Saturday until Christmas from 12 PM to 4 PM for free visits and photos with kids.

Please note that there is no professional photographer at this event, so bring your phone or camera to get as many photos with Santa as you desire! This event is free and open to our Bend Community. Have questions? Contact us at downtownbend@gmail.com. Donations are accepted and go to Santa’s favorite charity.

Reindeer Romp Winter Gala – Sunriver Resort Great Hall | December 11

A Sunriver Women’s Club Fundraiser, this event is sure to provide an evening of fun, fine dining, live entertainment and more! 
One of Bend’s top dance bands, the Bad Cats, will be performing live so you can dance the night away. Four fabulous dinner options are available to choose from. Enjoy cocktail hour from 6 – 7pm and dancing from 7 – 10pm. Come dance on the same floor that Camp Abbott dances were held on during WWII. There will also be a silent auction, raffle baskets and door prizes. Don’t miss this magical and fun-filled evening.


“A Night of Celebration” Sunriver Resort Tasting Dinner | December 15

The December Sunriver Tasting Dinner at Sunriver Resort will be a “Night of Celebration”. This event will feature a variety of sparkling wine paired with exceptional food to bring in the new year! At this tasting dinner, you will have the unique opportunity to learn about the inspiration, history and techniques that were used to craft these wines and learn why they are a favorite. Join us for this exclusive event pairing a variety of sparkling wine and a dinner menu specially prepared by the resort’s award-winning culinary team. The tasting dinner will take place at Carson’s American Kitchen, located in the Main Lodge at Sunriver Resort. View the menu.

Price includes a 20% gratuity of $15. In the event of cancellation for any reason, exchanges or full refunds will be given if canceled at least 24 hours prior to the time of the event. If canceled within 24 hours of the event, the full ticket fee will be charged. To cancel your reservation, please call 541-593-3740.

Black Light Blast Tubing at the SHARC | December 23 and 30

Have a Black Light Blast at The SHARC in Sunriver. Enjoy tubing runs under black light and colorful laser lights. glow sticks, illuminated runs and hot chocolate and more. Free glow items. Tubes provided. No personal tubes or sleds. Reservations are required, as space fills quickly. Please call 541-585-3147 to reserve space. $15 public; $12 SROA with Member Preference ID.

This event is from 6 – 8pm on November 25th and is repeated throughout the winter. Check here to see more dates!

Sledding Day at Wanoga Sno-Park

For a family day in the snow that won’t soon be forgotten, plan an afternoon of sledding at Wanoga Sno-Park. Approximately a 30-minute drive from Sunriver (based on weather and traffic), this snow play area has a large parking area, a giant sledding hill, and a warming hut, with a great wood stove and plenty of tables for several groups.

Here Are a Few Tips to Enjoy Your Day at Wanoga Sno-Park

Safety First: Make sure you have all the right gear: snow pants, coats, gloves, socks, boots and hats. The fun could be interrupted if someone doesn’t feel dressed appropriately. Remember, the sledding hill is steep and can get pretty busy! It would be wise to provide helmets for your brave sledders.

The Sledding: As mentioned above, the hill is steep and there can be lots of people. But this only adds to the overall experience. You’ll get a workout walking up the hill and you will get quite the adrenaline rush when you speed down! Kids will go up and down that hill all day long. Typically, groups will choose “their area” and walk up/sled down the same path that may be near to where they are parked. Though the kids can sled all day long, some of us don’t have that kind of energy. Read on for some ideas for the less daring or energetic folks.

Tailgating in the Snow: Plan ahead and pack lots of food, drinks, firewood, and even snowman building supplies or other snow toys. There’s lots of space in the park for all kinds of snow play. There’s enough space in the parking lot to build a small, warming fire in your fire pit, bring your camp stove, and grill up some dogs. Pack some Hydroflasks with hot cocoa and cider and don’t forget a few growlers for the grown-ups! Throw some camp chairs into the mix, and you’ve got yourself a day of fun, food, and friends in the snow.

The Hut: If you prefer to hunker down indoors, or just need some real shelter for a bit, the warming hut sits just at the bottom of the sledding hill. That way, you can peek out the windows to make sure the kids are still having fun while relaxing at a picnic table with a warm drink and a woodstove fire blazing nearby. You can bring up a deck of cards to pass some time or coloring books for the younger ones to keep busy. The warming hut combined with some solid planning ahead and packing will help ensure continued comfort and entertainment for the whole group.

Parking at the Wanoga Sno-Park: You will be required to have a snow park permit to park here, so be sure to grab one for each vehicle before heading up. Camp Abbot Trading Center in the Sunriver Business Park can help you get your permit so you can kick back, relax, and enjoy the snow!

The Village at Sunriver – Your Holiday Shopping Guide

There is something magical about Sunriver during the holiday season. At times, it can feel like you are living inside of a postcard or a painting. While you’re here you may choose to commemorate this feeling by finding a souvenir for yourself or gifts for loved ones. While the snow is falling, grab yourself a latté at Brewed Awakenings near the Country Store and get started on your holiday shopping guide.

Here’s Your Holiday Shopping Guide in Sunriver

With your coffee in hand, head over to building 25 where you’ll find The Closet, a women’s clothing store. Here, you’ll find the perfect sweater for mom, a necklace for sis, and so much more. The Wooden Jewel next door, is a jewelry store and art gallery in one. The store offers a unique selection of designer jewelry as well as wood art. After feasting your eyes on the art here, swing by Sunriver Books & Music. Between their selection of books for all ages and from all genres, to their journals, pens, and games, you’ll find something for almost everyone!

Next door in building 24 you’ll have the chance to stock up on your souvenir t-shirts, hoodies and more at Your Store. Nothing is over $14.99 and you’ll find lots of clothes with local destinations printed on them. From there, check out Sunriver Rock & Gem for the rock collector or scientist on your list. You’ll find crystals, jewelry, and other unique gifts here, making it definitely worth the stop.

Get ready to have some fun and take a trip down memory lane at Tumbleweed Toys, across the way in building 5! While, you will find toys, keep in mind that this isn’t any old toy store. Here you’ll find toys for all ages, all the way up through adulthood. This store carries everything from baby toys to toys for 12-year-olds as well as board games and puzzles for all. Keep your eyes peeled for their a retro toy collection. You may need to drop some packages by your car after this stop.

Next door in building 6, West of the Moon offers unique jewelry, clothing, artwork and even furniture. With products collected from around the world, this store is a joy to walk through and soak up the different colors and cultures. It’s a bonus to be able to purchase these beautiful items!

Head across the walkway to building 23 and find Flowers at Sunriver. Perhaps you don’t feel the need to buy flowers to brighten yours or someone else’s day. This doesn’t mean that you should walk right by this flower shop. A portion of this store displays beautiful gifts that you won’t want to miss. Also here is Live, Laugh Love, Art, where you’ll find some uniquely painted pieces or you can sign up for an art activity and make a personalized gift for a loved one. Here, Village Properties at Sunriver guests receive a free fountain drink with the purchase of their lesson!

The Hook Fly Shop is not just for the fishermen on your list. The Hook carries all the fishing you gear you can think of PLUS clothing, sunglasses, knives, hats, mugs and more. If you’re staying in a Village Properties home, you’ll receive 10% off your purchase!

Next stop: Goody’s for a pick-me-up in building 22! You’ll be glad you grabbed that chocolate snack to give you energy to finish your village shopping. Especially when you see what the Lazy Daisy next door has in store for you. You will find truly unique gifts, women’s accessories, home décor and lots more!

Find Village Threads in building 21 and discover an array of stylish women’s clothing and accessories. You’ll be able to take care of all the girls here. For those art-lovers on your list, don’t skip the Artist’s Gallery. This is another one that is an art gallery and store in one stop. From furniture and sculptures to pottery and jewelry and photography and paintings, you’ll enjoy viewing all of the beautiful work in this gallery as well as finding some unique gifts.

From here, head to building 16 to Sunriver Sports and finalize your holiday shopping guide in the Village at Sunriver. You’ll find all kinds of active wear, sports wear, shoes sunglasses, bags, and hats.

We hope you enjoy our holiday shopping guide! If you feel hungry at some point in your shopping, be sure to check out our Dining in Sunriver blog. Conveniently located on this walk and offering discounts to Village Properties guests are Good 2 Go Food and Fun in building 17 and the Village Bar and Grill in building 7. For more shopping ideas and local information, read over our Sunriver Business Park blog post!

The Grand Illumination –A Tradition in Sunriver

Will you be in Central Oregon on November 18th? If so, you’ll want to put the Sunriver Resort’s Grand Illumination on your calendar! Families from near and far have made this event part of their holiday traditions for years. The team at the Sunriver Resort has truly created something special for families to treasure with this annual event.

What is The Grand Illumination?

Each holiday season, the Sunriver Resort places over 300,000 lights on their grounds. On November 18th, a magical night, you can witness them all turning on at once. There will be a visit from Santa Claus, live music, food vendors, and so much more!

There will be children’s craft projects, train rides, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, and sleigh rides to kick off the afternoon. At 4:30 PM, there will be live entertainment, followed by the lighting ceremony at 5:30 PM, accompanied by fireworks and Santa’s arrival at 6 PM. From then until 7:30, Santa will be sitting down for pictures with good little girls and boys. Grab some dinner at one of the many food vendors and be sure to have a nice hot beverage in your hand around 5:30 when the lights go on!

The best part of the evening will be watching your children’s faces glow just as those thousands of lights turn on. From then on, you’ll remember the night Santa started the holiday season with your family in Sunriver.

The annual Grand Illumination event takes place on Saturday, November 18th from 3 – 8 pm. We hope to see you there!

Your Guide to November Events in Central Oregon

Our goal at Village Properties is to provide you with your perfect home in Sunriver while giving you plenty of ideas of things to do in the area. November is the month that we begin to welcome the holiday season and our local events reflect that! Check out our list of November events in Central Oregon as you plan your trip to the area. We hope you enjoy your stay!

Here’s Your Guide to November Events in Central Oregon:

A Night at the High Desert Museum | November 3

Experience a Night at the High Desert Museum. This family-friendly sleepover adventure is fantastic fun. When the museum doors close and the lights die down, art and science come to life! You will meet living dinosaurs, find out what T. Rex tastes like, and create your own dinosaur inspired masterpiece. Dinner and light breakfast provided. For kids 5 to 13 and their adult chaperones. For more information, email overnights@higdesertmuseum.org.

Friday 5:00 PM – Saturday 9 AM
Members $75, Non-members $85
Night at the Museum information sheet

Mining Day at the High Desert Museum | November 11

Ever want to be a “miner?” Mining Day at the High Desert Museum is just for you! Stake a claim, pan for gold, and have your earnings authenticated in the indoor placer mine and boomtown. Mining takes place on Saturday 11/11 from 11 AM to 3 PM.


“Visions of Sugar Plums” Bake Sale at SHARC | November 11

Don’t miss this chance to do some early Christmas shopping for fantastic food and gift items! The Visions of Sugar Plums Bake Sale, takes place Saturday, November 11th at The SHARC in Sunriver. This could be your one-stop shopping for holiday food and gifts.

Tickets will also be available for some fabulous Raffle Items. New this year will be the Unique Boutique, offering gifts related to entertaining and food, such as table runners, placemats, napkins, aprons, potholders, and more. All proceeds benefit local charities and the event is put on by Sunriver Christian Fellowship.

“A Tour of Spain ” Sunriver Resort Tasting Dinner | November 17

One of our favorite November events in Central Oregon, the Sunriver Tasting Dinner will feature a variety of wines from Spain at Sunriver Resort! At this tasting dinner, you will have the unique opportunity to learn about the inspiration, history, and techniques that were used to craft these wines and learn why they are favorites.

This exclusive event pairs wines from different Spanish wineries and a dinner menu specially prepared the resort’s award-winning culinary team. The tasting dinner will take place at Carson’s American Kitchen, located in the Main Lodge at Sunriver Resort. View menu.

Price includes a 20% gratuity of $15. In the event of cancellation for any reason, exchanges or full refunds will be given if canceled at least 24 hours prior to the time of the event. If canceled within 24 hours of the event, the full ticket fee will be charged. To cancel your reservation, please call 541-593-3740.

Grand Illumination at the Sunriver Resort | November 18

Kick off your holiday season with a local tradition! Sunriver Resort will once again host the Grand Illumination tree lighting ceremony behind the lodge in Sunriver. This year’s event will include a visit from Santa, live music, children’s craft projects, train rides, Oregon Observatory telescope viewing, face painting, sleigh rides, works from select local artisans, huggable characters, fireworks, and more. Grab a bite from local vendors or at one of the Resort restaurants.

Live entertainment will take place outdoors on the main stage from 4:30 – 7:30 PM. The lighting ceremony starts at 5:30 PM, and pictures with Santa from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo from the DD Ranch from 4:00 – 7:30 PM and sleigh rides from 4:00 – 6:00 PM (weather permitting).

Rockin’ Holiday Kickoff – Village at Sunriver | November 25

Kick off the 2017 Holiday Season with family and friends at The Village at Sunriver. The Village will be rockin’ with various musical artists, and The Big Guy himself may pop in. Ride the Alpine Express Trackless Train and have your face painted by Elsa and Anna from Frozen. Celebrate the start of this magical season with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree!

We hope you enjoy these November events in Central Oregon.

Plan Your Outdoor Winter Activities in Sunriver

With winter just around the corner, it’s time to map out your snowy Sunriver vacation. Whether you’re skiing at Mt. Bachelor, snowshoeing through the forest, or zipping through the trees on a snowmobile there are plenty of winter activities in Sunriver.

Here Are Just a Few Outdoor Winter Activities in Sunriver

Skiing and Snowboarding

Mt. Bachelor is approximately a 20-minute drive from Sunriver. Once there, you’ll find an activity for every member of your family. Mom and dad can hit the slopes while the young ones hang out in the warmth with the Mt. Bachelor childcare program. If your kiddos are a bit older and feeling adventurous, Mt. Bachelor provides ski and snowboard lessons for ages starting at just four years old. If you didn’t bring your own gear, the mountain has you covered with their equipment rental program.

Another fun activity up at Mt. Bachelor is their Snowblast Tubing. Fun for the whole family, you hop on a tube, get towed up a hill near the bottom of Red Chair and then zip down the 800-foot hill full of rollers! Be sure to reserve your spot as busy weekends and holiday periods sell out quickly. If you need to rent gear, Village Bike & Ski offers guests of Village Properties all your winter equipment at a discounted rate.


With more than 500 miles of groomed snowmobiling trails in the area, you’ll never be short of fun and adventure. The nearest snowmobiling trails are Wanoga and Dutchman Flat Sno-Parks, approximately 20 minutes from the Village. Bring your own machines or link up with Good 2 Go Food and Fun, who offer snowmobile rentals in the Sunriver Village. As a guest of Village Properties at Sunriver, you will receive 10% off rentals or any item that this local business has to offer.

If you prefer to go on a tour with a guide, give Central Oregon Adventures a call. They offer tours with experienced guides that will surely show you a good time and some stunning views of our wintery Deschutes Forest. This is an experience not to be missed!

Dog Sledding

Enjoy a thrilling ride in a state-of-the-art Iditarod Sled as it’s pulled by twelve huskies. Trail of Dreams is operated and owned by Jerry Scdoris and his daughter Rachael. Riding with their athletic team of dogs is a unique and majestic experience. Imagine gliding over the snow and taking in the sights of Central Oregon from the comfort of an Iditarod Dog Sled.

There are a variety of trips available, from a 10-minute children’s trip to a marathon trip up to Elk Lake. This adventure is very popular in the area, so make your reservations early!

These are just a few of the many winter activities in Sunriver. Stay tuned for some fun information about sledding, ice-skating, snowshoeing, and more! Stay warm, be safe and have fun out there!