Traditions at Sunriver

When it comes down to it, what will you remember most this holiday season?

Sure, the presents are nice – but that kind of magic is often fleeting. Experiences and the memories you make have a special kind of ability – the kind that can light you up for a lifetime.

If you’re ready to make some holiday memories, Sunriver is the place to be. With over 150 family events from November to New Year’s Day, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the magic of the season.

Don’t forget to check out Cascara’s lodging deals this season:

  • 3rd night free up until Thanksgiving
  • 4th night free over Thanksgiving
  • 7th night free over Christmas

For more information about all events, check out the holiday traditions guide or contact us!

Christmas treeGrand Illumination Tree Lighting

Nov. 18, 3-8 p.m.

Kick off the holidays with all the quintessential holiday fun wrapped up in one day. Behind the Sunriver Resort Lodge will be live music, craft projects and face painting, train rides and sleigh rides, pony rides and a petting zoo, Oregon Observatory telescope viewing, fireworks, food, and of course, a visit from Santa!

  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. – Sleigh rides (weather permitting)
  • 4:00-7:30 p.m. – Pony rides and petting zoo
  • 4:30-7:30 p.m. – Live entertainment
  • 5:30 p.m. – Tree-lighting ceremony
  • 6:00-7:30 p.m. – Pictures with Santa

Holiday movieHoliday Movie Series

  • Nov. 18, 8:30 p.m. – “The Polar Express”
  • Dec. 21, 7:00 p.m. – “A Christmas Story”
  • Dec. 22, 7:00 p.m. – “Elf”
  • Dec. 23, 7:00 p.m. – “Frozen”

Get the family together to watch these classic Christmas movies! Call 541-593-1000 for movie locations. Single Movie Entry: $10 Resort Guests, $12 General Public. Movie Series Pass: Resort Guest, $25 adults, $20 children 12 and under; General Public, $30 adults, $25 children 12 and under. Children five and under are free. Unlimited popcorn available with the purchase of a Movie Series pass.

Thanksgiving dinnerThanksgiving Dinner

Nov. 23

No need to spend all day in the kitchen this year! You’ve got three options for amazing Thanksgiving dinners: Carson’s American Kitchen (plated, 541-593-3740), The Great Hall (buffet, 541-593-1000), and The Grille at Crosswater (special holiday menu, 541-593-3400). Call each location for prices and reservations.

turkey run5K Turkey Trot Fun Run

Nov. 24, 10 a.m.

After the big Thanksgiving feast, it’s time for some exercise! Be sure to dress for the occasion because there are prizes for best Thanksgiving-themed costumes. And you can’t beat a run/walk for a good cause: the Turkey Trot benefits the Neighborhood Impact program. Register by 11/1 and receive a t-shirt. Must pre-register. Check out all the info here.

Before 11/1: $30, 11/1-11/22: $35, after 11/22:  $40

oregon ducks gameCivil War Party

Nov. 25, Game time

The Ducks (University of Oregon) and the Beavers (Oregon State) are playing in this heated rivalry game, and Twisted River Tavern is the place to watch it! Food and drink specials will be available. No advance reservations.

Brunch With Santa at The Great Hall

holiday pancakes

Nov. 25, Dec. 16, Dec. 24 – 8:30 a.m. to noon

Spend some time with Santa and his Sunriver friends while eating amazing food!

Cost (inclusive): $51 adults; $26 children 6-12; complimentary for children five and under. Reservations required.

Elf Tuck-Ins


Nov. 25, Dec. 8-9, Dec. 15-17, Dec. 20-24 – 5-9 p.m.

Give your child (12 and under only) an experience they will never forget! A Christmas elf will read a Christmas story and talk to them right before bed, then say goodbye with a goodie bag. Appointment times available in 45-minute windows. Tuck-ins available for Sunriver, Crosswater, and Caldera Springs communities only. Reservations required with a 48-hour cancellation policy, or full program fee will be charged. Children not on the reservation will be charged twice the rate for that evening.

Cost: Resort Guests: $30 per child, $40 per child on Christmas Eve; General Public: $40 per child; $50 per child on Christmas Eve.


Saturdays, Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to noon

Abbot Room at the Main Lodge

We bring the Bear Factory™ to you! Make your holiday extra special by choosing from a variety of holiday animals to hand stuff and then dress. Cost: $25 per animal, $15 per outfit. Buy one outfit, get the second for 50% off.

glass ornamentsSanta’s Workshop

  • Fridays, Dec. 1-15, 3-5 p.m.
  • Saturdays, Nov. 25-Dec. 16, 1-5 p.m.
  • Daily, Dec. 20-26, Noon-4 p.m. (Closed Dec. 25)

Located at Fort Funnigan

Santa’s Workshop comes to life as you create your own unique holiday keepsake. Choose from the following: fused glass ornaments, night lights, or hand-painted ceramic mugs. Cost: $20-$40 for fused-glass projects, $10- $30 for ceramic projects. Hot cocoa bar is complimentary for all purchasing participants.

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