If you are like most people this holiday season, you may have family coming into town to celebrate with you, and are just not sure what to take them to do and see. We’ve put together some of our favorite places and things to do here in Central Oregon this time of year, we are sure will entertain your guests.


Grand Illumination at Sunriver Resort- November 23rd starts the holiday festivities at Sunriver Resort. With things to do all day, the whole family will have a blast. It will include: a visit from Santa, bouncy houses, live music, food, and much more. Don’t miss this fun annual event!

Shopping at The Village- With something for everyone, take a stroll in The Village at Sunriver. There are shops, restaurants, and fun things for the kids. To check out upcoming events in The Village, click here.

Take a Hike-
Plan a day and head out to one of many spots here in Central Oregon for a nice day hike. Pack a lunch and have a picnic on the way. To find the perfect trails for you, and especially if you have kids, click here for a list.

Thanksgiving Dinner- If you are opting out on the traditional turkey dinner, there are plenty of yummy dinners all over Central Oregon for Thanksgiving. Check out our events calendar to see a list of special Thanksgiving dinners.

Go Caving-
There are so many caves around Central Oregon to check out, but one of the best for families as it’s not too long or strenuous is the Boyd Cave. It’s off China Hat Road and easy to find. Remember to dress warm, with solid footwear, bring flashlights or headlamps with extra batteries, and water. And remember to let someone know you are headed out there ahead of time. See more about Boyd Cave here.

Have a picnic in a Park- Sunriver and Bend are full of family friendly parks that are beautiful this time of year. Stop at The Sunriver Country Store, grab food and supplies, and head out. Make sure to dress warm and bring a blanket to sit on, or find a park with picnic benches.

Go see the stars- Oregon Observatory in Sunriver is a great place you need to check out while in the area, the whole family will have a great time. The Sunriver Nature Center is right there as well, so you can hit both spots at the same time. Click here for more info and hours of operation.


We hope this has given you some ideas of things to do with friends and family this holiday season.  Get out there and enjoy the beauties Central Oregon has to offer this fall, and every other season.

Happy Holidays from The Jones Group