Holidays come to life at the Old Mill District starting the day after Thanksgiving, when Santa arrives in his usual style – by AirLink helicopter at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. Family traditions for visitors and locals include visits with jolly old St. Nick, horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers and more. SantaLand, again located in the former Orvis building at 320 Powerhouse Drive, Suite 110, opens on Friday November 27 after Santa’s touchdown around 10:15 a.m.
SantaLand: Local “celebrities” don the white beard
In the magical place called SantaLand, children can capture Santa’s ear with their hearts’ desires while our photographer captures the moment on film. Local “celebrities” will take turns posing as Jolly Old St. Nick, so parents are invited to secretly guess who’s behind the disguise. Santa will be in SantaLand from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on the following dates:
- Friday-Sunday, Nov. 27-29
- Friday- Sunday, Dec. 4-6
- Friday-Sunday, Dec. 11-13
- Friday-Sunday, Dec. 18-20
- Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 21-23
Enjoy complimentary carriage rides with the Cowboy Carriage, brought to you by the Old Mill District. The carriage will pick up and drop off between Francesca’s and Ben & Jerry’s Saturday and Sunday from November 28 – December 20, then daily on December 21-23 and 27-29 from 2-5 p.m., weather permitting. Donations and tips will benefit Kids Center, a local non-profit that helps prevent child abuse.
Tree of Joy: Giving back to someone in need
This year’s tree will be open from Nov. 27 through Dec. 13 inside SantaLand for community members to give a gift to a person in need this holiday season. Names may be selected and gifts delivered anytime Monday-Thursday from 4-7p.m. and Friday-Sunday 11a.m. – 5p.m.through Dec. 13. Hilton Garden Inn in the Old Mill District will take gifts anytime of the day or night through Dec. 13. Gifts must be unwrapped or in gift bags.
Carolers: Music of the season
Enjoy roving musical performances by local groups such as the Summit High School Choir, the Mountain View High School Anadante Jazz Choir, High Desert Middle School Jazz Choir, Sisters High School Jazz Choir, Bend Senior High School Choir, Trinity Lutheran High School Concert Choir, Harmoneers Men’s Chorus, The Victorian Carolers and The Bronze Age Handbell Ensemble. Check the Old Mill District website for a schedule of performances.
The Old Mill District will host a Menorah Lighting for Chanukah on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. in Center Plaza by the footbridge in the Old Mill District. Lively music, hot drinks and potato latkes.