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Annual Christmas Paddle


Every year Bend’s most dedicated paddling enthusiasts dress up their canoes and kayaks in holiday garb and paddle around the Deschutes River for a few hours for our Annual Christmas Lights Kayak in the Old Mill District. This is one of those events that gets the whole town in the spirit and feels very authentic to Bend.

Paddlers should meet us at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe on Friday, December 11 at 3:15pm with your decorated kayak or canoe. After the crowd assembles, we’ll depart from the dock at 4pm behind the shop and paddle upstream up to the Flag Bridge. On our way back down, we’ll assemble in formation; this will give family and friends the opportunity to take photographs of our decorated boats.

Spectators should plan on seeing the decorated boats from approximately 4:15-6pm.

In past years, the paddler’s of Bend have gone all out decorating their boats with lights, trees, wreaths and garlands. Bring some holiday cheer to your paddling experience!

After the paddle, everyone is welcome back at the shop for some warm beverages and good company. A special 20% discount on everything in the store excluding Hobie and Eddyline will be extended to our Christmas paddlers and spectators.