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A true family holiday tradition—the Bend Christmas Parade, December 4. - COURTESY BEND CHRISTMAS PARADE
  • Courtesy Bend Christmas Parade
  • A true family holiday tradition—the Bend Christmas Parade, December 4.

Mondays, Thursday-Sundays

Toddler Open Play

PLAY – A wonderful way for kids to stay active and have fun! There are options for both little ones and older kids to enjoy a clean, bright and fully padded space. Add some fun-filled movement to the week!

Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play | $12-$105

Freespiritbend.com/open-play

Tuesdays

Backpack Explorers

EXPLORE – Investigate science, art, stories and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks filled with exciting objects while journeying through the Museum's nature trails and exhibits. New themes weekly! 10-11am.

High Desert Museum | $15

highdesertmuseum.org/backpack-explorers

Tuesdays

Twinkle Toes Tap

MOVE – This beginner class gets kids tapping their toes and learning the basic steps of tap. Class is designed for the beginner tap dancer with little or no experience. 3:45-4:20pm.

Academie de Ballet Classique | $61

Abcbend.com

Tuesdays

Online Story Time 

READ – Join community librarians for songs, rhymes, stories and fun! Experts agree that talking, singing, reading, writing and playing with your young child will prepare them for learning how to read, and will teach them the six skills needed to read. 10am.

Deschutes Public Libraries | Free 

deschuteslibrary.org/calendar 

Mondays-Thursdays

FIRST LEGO League Robotics Team

LEARN – Join Camp Fire's Lego Robotics Team that hosts teams for fourth through seventh grade! The teams also include a Spanish-speaking group. Learn how to build and code with Lego Robots and be a part of this season's First Lego League Tournaments! 4-6pm or 5-7pm, through Dec. 2.

Join Camp Fire's FIRST LEGO Robotics Team at Samara Learning Center. - COURTESY CAMP FIRE
  • Courtesy Camp Fire
  • Join Camp Fire's FIRST LEGO Robotics Team at Samara Learning Center.

Samara Learning Center | $125

campfireco.org/tech

Fridays

Amelia's World Puppet Show

PLAY-TIME – Join Amelia Airheart Monkey and Miss Hannah for a fun and uplifting interactive Zoom puppet show! All ages welcome, those three and under should be accompanied by a sibling or parent/caregiver to assist with interaction. Message ACORN School of Art & Nature on Facebook to request the Zoom link. 4-4:15pm.

Online | Free

Facebook.com/acornartandnature

Saturdays

Fantasy Ballet

MOVE – This fantasy-themed ballet class is designed to cultivate your child's creativity, individuality and artistry while discovering ballet terminology and culture of discipline. 11-11:45am.

Children enjoy the fantasy-themed ballet class at Academie de Ballet Classique. - ACADEMIE DE BALLET CLASSIQUE.
  • Academie de Ballet Classique.
  • Children enjoy the fantasy-themed ballet class at Academie de Ballet Classique.

Academie de Ballet Classique | $61

Abcbend.com

November 13-14

Old Fashion Christmas

ARTS & CRAFTS – A nostalgic celebration of the holidays with a variety of arts, crafts, antiques, food and Santa Claus! 9am-5pm.

Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center | Free

expo.deschutes.org/events/2021/old-fashion-Christmas

November 13 & December 11

Kid's Adventure Days 

EXPLORE – Summer might be over, but the adventures are not! Join in for a morning full of adventure exploring all that Central Oregon has to offer. 9:30am-1pm.

Harmon Park | $40-$48 

Register.bendparksandrec.org

November 15-16 & December 13-14

Kid's Woodworking 

EXPLORE – A two-day workshop for kids to spread the creative wings and tackle technical design challenges. The focus of this workshop will be on design, measurement, and layout techniques. Kids eventually get the chance to gain experience with power tools such as the miter saw, drill press, palm and drum sanders, router and various hand tools. All materials included. 5pm-7pm.

DIY Cave | $149-$178

Register.bendparksandrec.org

November 17

Online Only: OBOB Book Club

LEARN – Join a live group discussion of "Clean Getaway" by Nic Stone with other readers. Get excited for one of Oregon's Battle of the Books titles for the 2021-2022 school year! 3:30-4:20pm.

Online | Free

deschuteslibrary.org/calendar/event/63506

November 19-21

Redmond Holiday Food & Gift Festival

HOLIDAY – Support local makers and businesses at this annual shopping event! A one-stop holiday experience for shopping, food and Santa Claus!

Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center| $6

hfgf.com

November 22-24

Fall Kids Camp – Forces of Nature

LEARN – Investigate the forces of nature and explore the world's most extreme weather phenomena! Each day we will design an experiment to test these destructive forces and examine how they shape life on Earth. 3-5:15pm.

High Desert Museum | $45

highdesertmuseum.org/calendar

November 24

School's OUT Wild Tribe

EXPLORE – Join longtime outdoor educator, Sheris (Snowgoose) Patten, on a nature-filled day out of school. Participants will work on shelter-building, knife work, navigation, foraging, tracking, wildlife, crafting and more. All courses are outside, so please dress accordingly. 9am-3pm.

Shevlin Aspen Meadow | $77-$92

Register.bendparksandrec.org

November 26-27 & December 4 & 11

Redmond's European Style Outdoor Market

HOLIDAY – Styled after the markets in Europe, the little cozy kiosks that fill Downtown Redmond are a sure sign of the Holiday season. Bring the whole family down for shopping, Santa and more! 11am-5pm.

Centennial Park | Free

visitredmondoregon.com/events/holiday-village-market

November 26 - December 18

Redmond Northern Lights

HOLIDAY – Catch a family-friendly and seasonal light show in Redmond. Drive by or stick around for the short and upbeat holiday show! Friday and Saturday nights at dusk.

TBD | Free

Visitredmondoregon.com/events

November 27

I Like Pie Run

RUN – This classic Thanksgiving morning 5K run is back in-person this year at the Old Mill District. Bring the whole family and raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club and NeighborImpact. Register online.

Old Mill District | TBD

cascaderelays.com/events/i-like-pie/

December 3

First Friday Art Walk

ART – View sensational local and national art at dozens of businesses downtown on the first Friday of every month for First Friday Art Walk! Stroll through the streets of downtown Bend and the Old Mill District and take in art exhibit openings, artist talks, live music, wine, food and more! Shops are matched with artists and stay open later than usual. 5-9pm.

Downtown Bend & The Old Mill District | Free

Visitbend.com/festivals-events/first-friday-art-walk

December 3-19

Miracle on 34th Street

HOLIDAY – Watch the classic holiday tale come to life this season! "Miracle on 34th Street" is a warm-hearted reminder of what the holiday season should be about.

Cascades Theatrical Company | $25-$27

Cascadestheatrical.org/miracle-on-34th-street

December 4

Bend Christmas Parade

HOLIDAY – The 2021 theme for this year's parade is "Christmas: Better Together." Join the community and holiday spirit at this annual favorite. Enjoy holiday-themed floats and Santa's sleigh as they make their way through downtown! Parade starts at noon.

Downtown Bend | Free

Bendchristmasparade.org

December 4-5

Holiday Makers Market at Schilling's Garden Market

MARKET – Join us for our second Maker's Market! Up to 30 local artisan vendors, plus food and drinks! Schilling's will have fresh garlands, wreaths and live trees for sale. It will be a very special time at your favorite Central Oregon plant nursery and garden! 10am - 4pm

Schilling's Garden Market | Free

facebook.com/events/schillings-garden-market

December 5

Family Yoga Holiday Event

PLAY – Moms, dads, grandparents and other caregivers, partner up with your yogis to practice yoga and mindfulness together! This special class will help adults and children with flexibility and strength, while putting some Zen back into your family's hectic schedule before the holidays. 9:30-10:30am.

Put a little zen in your life with Family Yoga at Free Spirit Bend. - COURTESY FREE SPIRIT  YOGA + FITNESS + PLAY
  • Courtesy Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play
  • Put a little zen in your life with Family Yoga at Free Spirit Bend.

Free Spirit Yoga + Fitness + Play | $10-$25

Freespiritbend.com/events

December 5

Holiday Cookies

LEARN – Spend the day with your loved ones learning to create and decorate deliciously festive holiday cookies!

Kara's Kitchenware | $79-$99

karaskitchenware.com/events

December 5

Jake Shimabukuro "Christmas in Hawaii"

HOLIDAY – Whether one on one or in front of an audience of thousands, Jake shares a deep emotional connection with the listener that is open, magical and transcendent. Jake's genuine love for people, the spirit of holidays and his beloved home of Hawaii are at the forefront of this live show. It will be a warm welcome of merriment and wonder for the season. 7:30pm.

Tower Theatre | $40-$60

towertheatre.org/tickets-and-events

December 6

Patrick Lamb's "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

HOLIDAY – Saxophonist and producer Patrick Lamb brings Christmas to life through the legendary music of this holiday favorite. 7:30pm.

Tower Theatre | $30-$55

towertheatre.org/tickets-and-events

December 7

"Rock The Holidays" With Aaron Meyer

HOLIDAY – Concert rock violinist Aaron Meyer combines popular holiday songs with familiar classical pieces and – exclusively for Tower audiences – adds the excitement of a nine-piece rock band plus special guests Portland gospel quartet The Brown Sisters. 7:30pm.

Tower Theatre | $30-$50

towertheatre.org/tickets-and-events

December 7-16

Ease Into Watercolor Painting

ARTS & CRAFTS – This class is for anyone new to painting or anyone wanting to paint more independently. Begin with the basics, creating fun images as well as representational paintings while practicing wash techniques, texture methods and design principles. 1-3pm.

Art Station | $135-$162

Register.bendparksandrec.org

December 8

Your Next Book Kids Edition

LEARN – Tune in each month to find great new kids' books, suggested by DPL Librarians. Age ranges of books may vary. 10am.

Online | Free

deschuteslibrary.org/calendar/event/63502

December 8

Todd Haaby "Nueva Navidad"

HOLIDAY – Central Oregon's own Todd Haaby and his full six-piece group of world-class musicians are joining the month-long celebration of the holiday season. Fresh faces and fresh music join crowd-pleasing fiery Latin/Flamenco guitar numbers from Haaby's best-selling and regularly downloaded albums. 7:30pm.

Tower Theatre | $30-$50

towertheatre.org/tickets-and-events

December 12

Jingle Bell Run

HOLIDAY – The Arthritis Foundation's original Jingle Bell Run is a fun way to get decked out and be festive, while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America's #1 cause of disability. Featuring three easy distances to choose from and a costume contest for pups and people! 9am.

The Commons | $15-$30

business.bendchamber.org/events/details

December 27

COBO Basketball Skill Days 

PLAY – Geared toward elementary-age kids looking to work on passing, dribbling, shooting and defensive skills. Includes fun drills and lots of games.

Pilot Butte Middle School | $30-$36 

Register.bendparksandrec.org

November 21 - January 1

Holiday Lights Deschutes County Fair

HOLIDAY -  A unique walk-through Holiday light show with over three million dazzling lights! Walk through the different light displays and end at Santa's Village. 4-10pm.

Holiday Lights at Deschutes County Fair. - HOLIDAY LIGHTS EXTRAVAGANZA
  • Holiday Lights Extravaganza
  • Holiday Lights at Deschutes County Fair.

Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center | $18-$60

holidaylightsdcf.com

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