What better way to celebrate the holidays than to join in local festivities with your family. This year we have so much to celebrate because we are together. From the tree lighting to a fun run to shopping and sipping, Bend, Oregon has something for everyone to enjoy the Holiday season.

Plan for shopping, strolling, and enjoying local festivities at these local events in Downtown Bend, Oregon:

December 3 at 4:30pm – Bend’s Community Tree Lighting: It’s back! Lighting the tree last year virtually was not the same as sharing the moment with you gathered around! This year’s tree lighting festivities start at 4:30pm at the top of Drake Park by the Commons Cafe & Taproom. Santa and Mayor Russell will countdown and light the tree at 5:28pm. Local favorites, the Commons Cafe and Beach Hut Deli, will have warm fires, delicious drinks and are the perfect place to gather with family and friends.

December 4 at 10am – Ugly Christmas Sweater Fun Run: Run up the road to our neighbors, Sisters, Oregon, for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Fun Run Registration is FREE with a $25 suggested donation to benefit the Circle of Friends. Participation is fun, and running in your best ugly Christmas sweater is even better!

December 4 at 12pm – 2021 Bend Christmas Parade: After the Fun Run, head back for Bend’s most beloved tradition of 30 years, the Christmas Parade, is back again this year! This year’s theme fits how we feel – Christmas: Better Together (because Christmas is ALWAYS better when shared in community with friends and family!) Our favorite party band, Precious Byrd will join Santa along the route. You’re invited to join us too, starting at 12pm!

December 10 at 4pm – Cheers for Charity Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl: We all know Bend knows how to gather for fun, festivities and to raise money for charity. Plan your outfit now because the ugliest sweater is the dress code for the night; check-in at the Commons Cafe & Taproom between 4-6pm to pick up your free drink tickets and swag to enjoy the Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl. The coolest bars and pubs provide the brews, and those sporting the ugliest sweater can earn free drinks from each establishment along the route.

Plan ahead to shop Downtown Bend for your holiday gifts and gift cards: We love our local artisans and makers that help you gift local, unique, and thoughtful gifts this season. Someone on your list who may be a little more challenging to shop for? Maybe you have a friend who loves to shop ’til they drop. Purchase Downtown Dollars redeemable at more than 50 shops, bars, and restaurants in Downtown Bend, Oregon. Looking for the perfect gift for your office or team? Buy Downtown Dollars in bulk to save and give them the gift they’ll look forward to spending the most.

We wish you a joyous holiday season from our Cight Solutions team to you and your family. To recite our annual Downtown Bend parade, we believe that Christmas is ALWAYS better when shared in community with friends and family!

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