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Make New Holiday Memories with Sunriver Resort’s Traditions

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No other time of year is the word “tradition” more sentimental than during the holidays. There’s the traditional game of touch football with the family before the bird is served on Thanksgiving Day. There’s the traditional trek into the wilderness to find the perfect Christmas tree. And maybe there’s the traditional passing of the gifts from oldest to youngest on Christmas Day. Every family has holiday rituals that are as important to them as the holidays themselves.

But one of the best parts about traditions is that there is always room for new ones.

And that’s exactly what awaits you and your family this holiday season at Sunriver – new Traditions. The resort’s annual holiday celebration is known as “Traditions” and is said to bring generations together for generations.

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Year after year visitors can expect great family-focused events with an emphasis on rekindling days gone by when sharing an experience as a family meant more than sharing it with your 1,000 friends on Facebook. (Although there will be plenty of iPhone camera-ready moments along the way.)

Sunriver Traditions festivities in 2016 begin earlier than in years past and continue through New Year’s Day. And there’s something for just about everyone during that time.

The month-long celebration began with a flip of a switch of sorts on November 19th during the Grand Illumination – Central Oregon’s largest outdoor light display. Kids will love the elf tuck-ins, the Bear Factory, visiting with Santa and trying to keep their hands off all the edible creations at the Gingerbread Junction.

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There’s also guided snowshoe tours, snowmobile rides and, of course, daily shuttles up to Mt. Bachelor. (Sunriver currently has some amazing Kids Stay and Ski Free Packages for the holidays.)

It’s hard to beat Sunriver Resort during the holidays as it’s abuzz with visitors strolling around The Village at Sunriver, near the main lodge or out on the golf course in freshly fallen snow. Summer bike paths turn into cross country ski or snowshoe routes for you to get from one side of the resort to the other.

And there’s no need to lug your ski or snowboarding gear on the plane or pack it into the car. Rental shops like 4 Season Recreational Outfitters are fully stocked with everything you could possibly need to buy or rent during your stay.

Mt. Bachelor makes renting even easier with its on-hill services with both downhill and nordic skis and snowboards available. And if you’re looking for a little more adrenaline, head up to Wanoga Sno-Park and take out a snowmobile from Central Oregon Adventures for a couple hours or longer. (The four-hour rental window gives you time to hit up Elk Lake Resort for a hot beverage and to warm up a bit.)

Throw in an afternoon of ice skating at The Village and maybe a burger and a brew at Sunriver Brewing Co. and you have the makings of a perfect family holiday vacation.

Ted Taylor
Ted Taylor
Ted Taylor manages COVA's digital content, media relations, PR and social media. He's an award-winning reporter and editor who has worked in newspaper and televisions newsrooms in Nebraska, Colorado, Arkansas and Oregon. A former assistant golf professional, Ted still loves to sneak in a quick 9, but you're more likely these days to find him on the mountain bike trails when he's not spending time with his family. He's called Bend home for 17 years.