Christmas In Sunriver Is The Best!

Imagine a place nestled in the pine tree covered foothills of the Cascade mountains and where the days seem to meander in tranquil bliss like The Deschutes River. A place where stars sparkle like diamonds in the evening sky and dazzle your entire field of vision. That place is Sunriver, Oregon and it’s the best place to spend the holidays. In Sunriver we don’t dream of a white Christmas. We (almost) ALWAYS have a white Christmas and spreading Christmas cheer is the norm here. This is the place where you can actually go dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh.

Where a Christmas tree lighting ceremony isn’t complete until the fireworks are set off. We host a contest to see which local business, elementary school class, and individual can make the best themed gingerbread and confection “lot” in their category called Gingerbread Junction.

From November to January, Sunriver transforms into a Winter Wonderland with more inches of snow in town than most of Central Oregon. This 2-month long celebration is called ‘Traditions’ because that’s what it is. It’s the tradition of creating memories to last a lifetime and it’s exactly what the holiday are all about: being with your loved ones, stopping to appreciate each other and being thankful for your many blessings. Being here is evokes the feeling of not wanting time to move on, to relish in the quiet, slow pace of life and to fill your lungs with the crisp mountain air.

Sunriver is where you come to unplug, to remove yourself from the chaos of the everyday and to play. Here, we embrace play whole heartedly and have even placed our ice skating and tubing areas are right in the center of town. Plus we have over 30 miles of trails to walk or fat tire bike through. For traditional holiday fun there’s Santa’s Wokshop at The Great Hall, Brunch with Santa, kids ornament and gift making, cookie decorating, and so much more. If a little more adventure is on the play-list then Mt. Bachelor is only a 25-minute drive away. At the mountain you’ll find endless activities to excite you such as dog sled rides, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, tubing, and of course ski or snowboarding.

If you’ve decided to join us for Christmas here are some ideas of how to spend your time.


Christmas Eve/Day Activities

Meet, greet, and pet real reindeer at Camp Abbot Trading Post
Get in the holiday spirit, Central Oregon style by grabbing the family and hitting the slopes at Mt. Bachelor’s Santa On The Slopes celebration! 
Go for a ride in a one-horse open sleigh




Head outside and build a snowman together, make snow angels or challenge each other to a friendly snowball fight.



Snuggle up next to the fire and play board games, sip cocoa, and enjoy a moment of family fun.


Go to the movies! Treat your family to some reimagine nostalgia and check out the Mary Poppins Returns. Check out the trailer here.

Get Your Christmas Tree Permit at Village Properties at Sunriver

It’s time again to deck the halls and trim the tree. For many of us here in Central Oregon, that means it’s time to head into the woods and find that perfect Christmas tree.

But did you know that you’ll need a permit to cut and take that tree home with you? Christmas tree permits are required for each tree, with five Christmas tree permits maximum, per household. There are a few places in Deschutes County where tree permits can be found, and we’re happy to be one of them.

Christmas tree permits can be purchased at Village Properties at Sunriver.

Permits cost $5 each, and can be purchased from Village Properties during business hours. Our offices are located in the Sunriver Business Park at 56835 Venture Lane, Suite 109. You can also call us at 1-800-SUNRIVER with any questions.

Once you have your Christmas tree permit, here are a few things to note before heading out to find your tree:

  • Permits are good only for trees cut within the Deschutes National Forest.
  • Christmas tree permits should be attached to your tree for the ride back home.
  • Only cut down trees that are less than 12 feet tall. (The most popular varieties include Douglas fir, White fir, Incense Cedar, Lodgepole and Ponderosa Pines.)
  • Only cut down trees that are within 15 feet of another tree.
  • Make sure that the stump you leave behind is less than 12 inches tall.
  • Don’t cut trees that are:
    • located on private property.
    • located within 150 feet of developed areas such as highways, picnic areas, campgrounds, etc.
    • located within 300 feet of bodies of water.
    • located in an area with lots of young trees.

Stop by Village Properties at Sunriver to purchase your Christmas tree permit:

Sunriver Business Park
56835 Venture Lane, Suite 109
Sunriver, OR 97707


Family Gift Idea for the Holidays: A Stay in Sunriver!

Black Friday is about to kick off the unofficial holiday shopping season, which means it’s time for that age-old question: What big gift to get for my family this year?

The best family gifts are the ones that make lasting memories.

If you’re struggling to find a new idea for the perfect family gift this year, how about treating them to a vacation in Sunriver? Give the gift of togetherness, and memories to last a lifetime.

Village Properties now offers Gift Certificates, so you can relive your favorite Sunriver adventures and make some new family memories, too.

Because it’s the thought that counts. 

Remember the last time you were in Sunriver? Yeah… your family does, too. It was such a great trip, and it’s something you can share with them again.

Whether you prefer splashing on the river, or swooshing down the slopes, your Sunriver playground awaits. Gift Certificates can be used toward a vacation rental any time of the year, so you can plan the perfect getaway for your whole family. And with no set denomination, you can choose the amount that you’d like to gift. Whether your family is big or small, this gift idea is sure to be a hit with all!

Give the gift of Sunriver this holiday season.

Call 1-800-SUNRIVER to purchase a Gift Certificate to put towards your next vacation rental with Village Properties.

 The family gift idea that gives back over the years?  More time spent together in Sunriver! Call 1-800-SUNRIVER to purchase your Gift Certificates today!

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