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 the Annual Christmas Lights Paddle 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 9, 2016 at 3:15 p.m. with your decorated kayak or canoe. After the crowd assembles, we’ll depart from the dock at 4:00 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Spectators should plan on seeing our decorated boats from about 4:15 – 6 p.m.
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!
You can find battery powered lights for your boats at Lowe’s, Ace Hardware (recommended!) or Fred Myers, but they often times sell out.