Thanksgiving Week Festivities in Central Oregon

Thanksgiving Week Festivities in Central Oregon

With Thanksgiving Day just around the corner, it’s time to count our blessings (which are plentiful, here in Central Oregon). We have a wide range of opportunities to celebrate; see a  list of the holiday festivities below.

Thanksgiving 2014 events in Central OregonNov. 24
Vegan Thanksgiving: 4 plated courses, plus your choice of a glass of wine or beer. Communal seating (space is limited. 6-9 pm, Broken Top Bottle Shop, Bend. $35 per person. (541) 728 0703.

Nov. 28-Jan 1
Traditions at Sunriver Resort: The resort’s expansive annual holiday celebration features more than 150 family-friendly events, including a holiday marketplace, Santa’s workshop, Gingerbread Junction, sleigh rides, Christmas concert, snowshoe tours. 800-801-8765.

Thanksgiving Day
Bend Thanksgiving Classic: Timed 5K/10K run/walk in Bend. Start/finish: 9 am at 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr. (541) 617-2877, x 13. Benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs On the Run of Central Oregon.

I Like Pie Thanksgiving Day Walk/Run: 2K, 5K or 10mile (all untimed). Bring along a pie to help feed the masses (You can choose to enter it in the pie-baking contest or not; prizes for top 3 pies in both the “traditional” and “open” pie categories. 9 am, Brooks Street Plaza, Bend. Recommended $5 donation and 5 lbs. of food for NeighborImpact. Sponsored by Footzone.

Thanksgiving Buffet at Old St. Francis: Turkey, roasted pork loin with Edgefield cider jus, poached salmon, tortellini salad, brandied pumpkin pie & more. Noon-6 pm; reservations required. $29 adults; $17 kids 5-12; free for kids 4 & under. McMenamin’s Old St. Francis School, Bend. (541) 382-5174.

Thanksgiving Feast at Crossings: Roasted turkey ($24.95), hone-glazed ham ($22.95) or combo plate ($26.95), with all the trimmings. Kids specials starting at $11.95. noon-8 pm, Crossings at the Riverhouse, Bend. 541-389-8810.

Thanksgiving Dinner at The Phoenix: Special prix-fixe menu, including pumpkin bisque, roasted turkey, prime rib or herb-crusted pork loin, apple sage stuffing, baked sweet-potato gratin & more. $27-$31. 1-6 pm, The Phoenix, Bend. 541-317-0727.

Thanksgiving at Tetherow: Family-style dinner including turkey, port glazed ham, truffled mashed potatoes, orange-cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, mixed green salad, sweet rolls, assorted pies and desserts … and of course, leftovers! $50 adults, $25 youth. The Grill at Tetherow, Bend. Reservations begin at 1 pm. 541-388-2582.

Traditional Feast at Awbrey Glen: Gourmet baby greens, Waldorf salad, wild rice pilaf, oven-roasted turkey, inside-round au jus, boneless pit ham with cherry glaze, assorted desserts & more. 11:30 am-4:30 pm, Awbrey Glen Golf Club, Bend. $29 adults, $13 kids 6-12, free kids under 5. Reservations: 541-317-2885.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Black Butte Ranch: Turkey, prime rib, pork loin, cold station & assorted desserts. 11 am-4 pm, The Lodge. Adults: $41.95; kids 6-12 $20.50; kids 5 & under free. Reservations: 541-595-1260.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Aspen Lakes: Slow-roasted turkey, artisanal cheese, poached salmon, hickory-smoked barron of beef & more. 11 am-4 pm, Brand 33 Restaurant. Adults $35; Kids 5-12 $15; kids under 5 free. Reservations: 541-549-3663.

Redmond’s Free Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner: Served from noon-2 pm. Redmond Senior Center. For event info or to learn how you can help, call City Center Church at (541) 548-7218.

Pronghorn Thanksgiving Day Buffet: Featuring duck confit, prime rib, turkey, smoked salmon, pumpkin cheesecake & more. Seatings at 1 & 3 pm. Adults $49; kids 6 to 14 $22; kids 5 and under free. Reservations required: (877) 481-2039.

Thanksgiving at Sunriver Resort: Three different options (elaborate plated dinner at the lodge, buffet at the Great Hall or a prix-fixe menu at the Grille at Crosswater). 541-593-1000.

Friday, Nov. 28
Turket Trot & 5k Fun Run/Walk: Work off all that turkey at this annual non-timed event, which benefits NeighborImpact. $25. 10 am, Sunriver Resort. 541-593-1000.

Sisters Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: Annual lighting of the Sisters Christmas tree, with carols, cocoa & more. 5:30 pm, Fir Street Park. 541-549-0251.

Grand Illumination: Kid-oriented crafts, entertainment by Mr. Magic, food, pony rides & a petting zoo, followed by live holiday music, a parade & Christmas-tree lighting. 1:30-7 pm, Sunriver Resort’s “North Pole” (adjacent to the main lodge). 541-593-1000.

Nov. 28-Nov. 29
Holiday Village Market: Reminiscent of old-world European Christmas markets, with specialty arts & crafts, gift items & food vendors in six small holiday-themed buildings in Centennial Park, Redmond. Fri-Sat 11 am-5 pm. Downtown Redmond Plaza, Corner of 7th & Evergreen. 541-923-5191.

Holiday Marketplace: 13th annual arts & crafts show, featuring unique gifts created by regional artists (fine art, pottery, jewelry, textiles, metalwork, woodworking, stained glass & more). Fri: 10 am-4 pm, Sat: 10 am-4 pm. Sunriver Resort. 541-593-1000.

Nov. 29:
Turkey Trot Fun Run & Walk: Kids 12 & under run about 1.2 miles (from the Rec Barn to the Big Meadow Clubhouse and back); adults run from the Rec Barn to the Clubhouse, across the meadow, back on the bike path toward the General Store, staying on the bike path & back to the Rec Barn (about 3.5 miles). 11 am, meet at the lodge. $10 per person; proceeds benefit SHS Nordic Ski team. 541-595-1282.

Bend Christmas Tree Lighting: The city’s going green with this year’s Christmas of Change lights display (thanks to Pacific Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program). Festivities get under way at 6 pm. Santa will light the tree at 6:30, with carols & performances by local choirs. Visit with Santa at the Plaza at Franklin & Wall next to Starbuck’s. Drake Park at the top by Brooks St & Franklin Ave. 541-788-3628.

Redmond Starlight Parade: The mythical village of Dr. Seuss fame comes to life for “A Whoville Christmas.” Parade route: Sixth Street from Dogwood to Forest avenues. 5 pm. Downtown Redmond. 541-923-5191.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony: The festivities begin after the parade, Centennial Park, downtown Redmond. 541-923-5191.

Sisters Christmas Parade: Annual parade starts at 2 pm on Hood Avenue, from Pine to Spruce. After the parade, visit with Santa & enjoy holiday refreshments at the Chamber Building (291 E. Main Ave.). 541-549-0251.

Dec.1-Jan. 1
Starfest Holiday Light Celebration: Walk, drive or schedule a horse-drawn wagon ride (on weekends) through the popular mile-long animated holiday light exhibit. 5-10 pm, Falcon Crest Drive, Eagle Crest Resort. Free; canned-food donations for Redmond’s food banks are welcome (drop off your donation at the red sleigh). 541-923-2453.


About the Author
Lisa Broadwater, GRI, CDPE, is a Central Oregon-based real estate professional who specializes in listing and selling homes, especially in Sisters, Tumalo, Bend and Redmond.

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