So the holiday season is finally upon us. If you’re ready to celebrate, there are plenty of opportunities in Central Oregon this week.
Here’s a rundown:
Gingerbread House Trail – 19 locations in and around Sisters create & display gingerbread villages; donations benefit Sisters Habitat for Humanity.  Nov. 23-Dec. 31 during store hours. (541) 549-1193.
Breakfast & Baked Goods
-–Sisters Bakery, Open 5 am-1 pm on Thanksgiving Day. (541) 549-0361.
Bend Turkey Trot
– Runners & walkers of all ages are invited to don their Thanksgiving costumes & hit the trail. Thursday at 9 am at Les Schwab Amphitheater, Old Mill District. (541) 388-1860.
Thanksgiving Buffet
at the Lodge – Black Butte Ranch. Noon-5:30. Adults: $35.95; Children 6-12: $17.50; free for 5 & under. (541) 595-1260.
Thanksgiving Buffet
– Brand 33 at Aspen Lakes, 11 am-4 pm. Adults: $30, Children: $15. (541) 549-4653.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner – Sisters Coffee Co. & Vast Church host a community meal, beginning at 3 pm at Sisters Coffee Co. Free (bring board games). (541) 977-4801.
Thanksgiving Feast at Seventh Mountain
— Season’s Restaurant. Adults: $36; Children: $18. (541) 693-9143.
Thanksgiving Meals
at Sunriver Resort – Three-course meal at the Meadows (2-9 pm; Adults: $36; Children: $18) or Buffet at the Great Hall (1-7:30 pm; Adults: $39; children 6-12: $19; free 5 & under). (800) 387-8275.
Thanksgiving Dinner at Crosswater Grille
— Holiday prix fixe menu for Lodge guests from 5-7 pm (reservations required). Adults: $49; Children 6-12: $24.  (800) 387-8275.
Sisters Christmas Tree Lighting
– Sing carols and enjoy the lighting on Friday (Nov. 25) at 5:30. (541) 549-0251.
Holiday Traditions in the West
– Stroll through the ‘Spirit of the West’ exhibit & discover how people in the 19th-century adapted holiday traditions to life in the High Desert; chat with historical characters portrayed live. Friday (Nov. 25) from 11 am-3 pm. High Desert Museum. (541) 382-4754.
Carols Around the Campfire
– Friday (Nov. 25) from 7-8:30 pm. Sisters Best Western Ponderosa Lodge. (541) 549-1234
Turkey Trot & Fun Run
– Black Butte Ranch. Saturday (Nov. 26) at 11 am, Rec Barn. Free (bring a food donation for the local food bank). (541) 595-1282.
Sisters Christmas Parade & Celebration
– Annual parade down Hood Avenue; meet Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Chamber grounds afterwards. Saturday (Nov. 26) beginning at 2 pm. (541) 549-0251.
Downtown Redmond Market & Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
– Open-air European-style market with unique holiday gifts & specialty items. Centennial Park, 7th at Evergreen. Market: Nov. 25-26 from noon-6 pm; Tree-lighting: Nov. 26 at 6 pm.
Holiday Faire
– Holiday shopping & fund-raising event with raffle, wreaths & bake sale, sponsored by Three Sisters Lions Club. Nov. 25-27 from noon-8 pm at Sisters Elementary School. 541-549-8462.
Crafts Fair – 2nd annual event with a wide assortment of gifts, ornaments, artworks and holiday decorations. Nov. 25-27 from 10 am-4 pm at St. Edward the Martyr Catholic Church, Sisters. 541-549-2053.
Open House View Tom Browning’s “The Spirit of Santa” art, with live music with Jena Rickards. Nov. 26 from 5-7 pm. Clearwater Gallery, Sisters. (541) 549-4994.
Starfest at Eagle Crest Resort
– Holiday display of lights, featuring animated holiday designs, along a one mile drive. 5:30-9:30 pm from Nov. 25-Jan. 1. (541) 923-2453.
The Season at Seventh Mountain Resort
–- Family-oriented fun, including ice-skating, holiday games & crafts, ornament-making, gingerbread-house-making.  Nov. 25-Dec. 30. (541) 693-9129.
Traditions at Sunriver Resort
– Old-fashioned sleigh rides, snowmobile rides, gingerbread village & the biggest holiday light display in Central Oregon. Nov. 25-Jan. 1. (800) 387-8275.

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.