It’s that time of year again, and there are lots of seasonal events scheduled in the area. You’re sure to find something on this list that will help you ring in the season, including the Redmond Chamber of Commerce Starlight Parade and many holiday bazaars where you can shop for that perfect gift.
Nov. 25 through Jan. 2
Starfest at Eagle Crest Resort, a mile-long holiday light display, is lit each evening at the resort, 1522 S.W. Cline Falls, off West Highway 126. Weekends through Dec. 18 feature horse-drawn wagon rides at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. ($11 adults, $5 kids 5-13), and appearances by Mr. and Mrs. Claus, as well as cookie decorating at Birdie’s Café. The Teddy Bear Suite is open everyday.
Walk the Art Beat, 5-8 p.m., downtown Redmond, features local artists and entertainers.
Fourth annual Holiday Market Village in the downtown plaza next to Redmond Chamber of Commerce. Arts and crafts vendors in custom-built kiosks, creating a European-style open air market around the community holiday tree. Noon-6 p.m. both days.
Nov. 27, Dec. 4 and 11
Redmond Humane Society Pet Photos with Santa, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Humane Society Thrift and Gift Store, 1776 S. Highway 97. Free photo session and e-mail photo with a donation to the shelter. Additional photos and CDs are available for purchase.
Nov. 27 – Downtown
Redmond Chamber of Commerce Starlight Parade. Theme: The Polar Express steps off at 5 p.m. on Sixth Street at Northwest Dogwood Avenue and proceeds to Southwest Forest Avenue. Line-up: 3:30 p.m.; judging: 4 p.m. Info and registration: 541-923-5191 or www.visitredmondoregon.com
Tree Lighting ceremony – Following the parade, about 6 p.m., join Santa in the downtown plaza, next to Redmond Chamber of Commerce, for the lighting of the community Christmas tree.
Redmond Museum is open from noon to 4 p.m.; visitors are welcome to a free cup of hot cider before the parade; 529 S.W. 7th St.
Art of Christmas Sale and Show, handmade arts and crafts from local artisans, Urban on 6th, 432 S.W. Sixth St., 541-548-4692. Nov. 27 and Dec. 4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Nov. 28, 29, 30, Dec. 1, 2, 3, and 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Central Oregon Saturday Markets 2010 Holiday Market, Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center. Friday, 1-8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Handcrafted items, ornaments, toy trains, wreaths, candy, more. $1 suggested donation, benefits Redmond Humane Society. 541-420-9015
The 27th annual Hospice of Redmond Sisters Festival of Trees, Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center, Middle Sister Building, free viewing 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Evening gala and tree auction, which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, begins at 5 p.m. Tickets for gala, $40 each, are available by calling 541-548-7483. Approximately 30 decorated Christmas trees for viewing and live evening auction, food, snacks, silent auctions both day and evening, Santa during the day, games and entertainment.
Saturday market: produce, wood products, quilted goods and more, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Old Fire Hall, 6730 S.W. Shad Road, Crooked River Ranch. 541-420-2149.
Olde Fashioned Christmas Celebration – Crooked River Ranch Administration Building, 5195 S.W. Clubhouse Drive, Crooked River Ranch. 541-548-8939. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Photos with Santa, handcrafted items and more; donations of food and toys accepted to benefit SCOOTR and La Pine Christmas Basket Association.
Redmond School of Dance presents a contemporary version of The Nutcracker, 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Redmond High School Auditorium, 675 S.W. Rimrock Way. $5. Information: 541-548-6957 or www.redmondschoolofdance.com
DD Ranch Country Christmas, 3836 N.E. Smith Rock Way, Terrebonne. Open seven days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Buy fresh Christmas trees and holiday greens, seasonal produce, dried flower wreaths and more. Kids can pet and feed farm animals. Christmas Lane features tractor-pulled hayrides ($3/person) and Kids Korral Fun Area ($3.50/child, adults free). Information: 541-548-1432 or www.ddranch.net
Holiday Open House, 4-7 p.m., Redmond Learning Center, 720 S.W. 23rd St., 541-923-4854. Handmade ornaments and crafts.
American Legion Auxiliary Craft Bazaar, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Redmond Grange, 707 S.W. Kalama Ave., 541-548-4853. Jewelry, knitting apparel, greeting cards, décor, crocheted items and more.
Eighth annual Teddy Bear Tea at Juniper Golf Course, 1938 S.W. Elkhorn Ave. The holiday tea includes a visit with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus and an appearance by the Cinnamon Bear. Two seatings available, 10 a.m. and noon. Tickets are $8.50 for adults and $12.50 for children, who must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets available at Redmond-Sisters Hospice or by calling 541-548-7483.
Desert Meadows Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 520 N.E. Shoshone Drive, 541-923-2198. Handcrafted items, Avon products, teas and more.
Zion Holiday Bazaar, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1113 S.W. Black Butte Blvd., 541-548-4712. Homemade craft and gift items, baked goods and more, proceeds benefit community projects.
Powell Butte Art Show & Sale, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Powell Butte Community Center, 8404 S.W. Reif Road, 541-447-4615. Pottery, glasswork, paintings, knitted items, jewelry, photography and more from local artists; café will serve food.
Light Up a Life remembrance ceremony at Redmond-Sisters Hospice, 732 S.W. 23rd St., includes candle lighting, photo presentations, ceremonial reading of names, holiday refreshments and music. 4:30-5:30 p.m. No charge, however, remembrance candles are available for purchase. Information: 541-548-7483.
The Gift of Giving
Shop With a Cop – Dec. 14 local law enforcement officers will shop at Redmond Walmart with Redmond School District children chosen by the Family Access Network. Donations: drop off a check made payable to Walmart at any Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office or mail to Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Shop With a Cop Program, Attn: Lois, 63333 W. Highway 20, Bend, OR 97701. More information: 541-550-4880, or www.sheriff.deschutes.org
Giving Tree – Sponsored by Redmond Chamber of Commerce and Redmond School District Family Access Network; select a gift tag from the tree at Green Plow Coffee, 436 S.W. Sixth St., purchase a gift for the child and return the unwrapped gift to Green Plow or the chamber office by Dec. 13.
Coat Drive – Through Dec. 17, Windermere Real Estate is collecting new and gently used winter clothing, heavy coats, hats, boots, gloves and bedding that will be distributed by the Family Access Network. Drop off items at 1020 S.W. Indian Ave., Suite 100, weekdays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Be a Santa to a Senior – Home Instead Senior Care, local nonprofit agencies and area retailers are teaming up to collect, wrap and deliver gifts to lonely and needy seniors. Giving trees go up in Redmond Fred Meyer and Redmond Senior Center on Dec. 1. The community is invited to help wrap gifts Dec. 17. Gifts will be delivered the week of Dec. 20. Information: 541-330-6400.