Nov 16,2007 00:00
Beginning Nov. 23: Celebrity Santas, Trees of Joy, Carriage Rides & more are planned
Celebrity Santas have been recruited from city, county and state officials as well as local personalities. Children can come for photos with Santa in the space between JJill and
As part of the November 23 holiday kickoff, Wagons Ho will give carriage rides to shoppers who would like old-fashioned transportation to view the holiday decorations on more than 47 shops and restaurants. Rides will be available from 2-6 p.m. November 23-24, November 30-December 1, 7-8, 14-15 and 19-23. There is no charge for the rides, and tips and donations will benefit the
Trees of Joy are a longtime tradition with the Bend Rotary. Trees will be decorated with tags containing Christmas gift wishes from families in need in the community. Shoppers can take a tag, purchase a gift and return the tagged and wrapped gift to the tent in
A highlight of the holiday celebration will be the “Light up a Life” tree-lighting ceremony December 6 from 5-7:30 p.m. Glass sculptor Rich Dewilde has created a massive blown-glass star called “The Eternal Flame” to top off the tree as well as several smaller versions of the star which can be purchased to benefit HospiceCenter. Throughout the holidays, ornaments are available at The Ticket Mill, The Lubbesmeyer Studio & Gallery and online at www.hospicecenterbend.org. When an ornament is purchased it is done in memory or in honor of loved ones. Names of the people for whom ornaments have been purchased will be read during the lighting ceremony on December 6. Bagpipers and a children’s choir will entertain.
Other holiday events include the Smooth Finish Barbershop Quartet entertaining throughout the shopping area from 3:30-5 pm on December 8 and from 5:30-7 pm on December 13; and the December 8 Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. The walk begins with a 9:30 registration downtown, passes through the Old Mill District and finishes in