Family in town? We can't guarantee this will completely prevent them from hogging your wifi and eating all your food, but here are our selections for where to take them.
A Festivus for the Rest of Us
FESTIVUS— It's a Festivus miracle! Brown Owl is teaming up with Monkless Belgian Ales to throw a traditional Festivus extravaganza with everything that is good: meatloaf, a Festivus pole, an airing of grievances, feats of strength and Monkless' new seasonal, "Friars Festivus" Belgian Quad. 6pm. The Brown Owl, 550 SW Industrial Way, Suite 120, Bend.
Thursday 12/21, Saturday 12/23 & Sunday 12/24
The Santaland Diaries
THEATER— David Sedaris' chronicles of his experience as Crumpet the Elf in Macy's Santaland display has gained a cult following since it first aired on NPR in 1992. The play highlights some of his odd encounters with questionable humans during the holiday season. Suited for adults with a dark sense of humor. There are two productions of the Santaland Diaries, one at 2nd Street Theater and the other at Volcanic Theatre Pub.
Starring Clinton K. Clark at 2nd Street Theater Thurs. & Sat.,
Starring Derek Sitter at Volcanic Theatre Pub Sat.,
Wednesday – Saturday 12/20 – 12/23
SantaLand: Visit Santa in the Old Mill District
SANTALAND— Do the kids have last-minute additions to their wish lists? Take them to see Santa at the Old Mill. Local celebs take turns playing Mr. Claus—you may even recognize a local official under that jolly old beard. On Saturday, enjoy a free horse carriage ride with Cowboy Carriages between 1-4pm. 11am-5pm. Old Mill District, 320 SW Powerhouse Dr. $10/5x7 print, $15/digital.
Harmony Holiday Festival
ANIMAL FARM— Take the kids to meet rescue farm animals! Activities include face painting, a puppy kissing booth
Winter Solstice Celebration
ICE SKATE— Enjoy an evening of ice skating and treats to ring in the winter season! Stick around for a special performance by Bend Ice Figure Skating Club. Canned food donations benefit Neighborhood Impact. 5:30-8:30pm. The Pavilion, 1001 SW Bradbury Way, Bend. $6/including skate rental with
Ugly Sweater Party w/ DJ Esus
UGLY SWEATER—Atlas Cider knows how to throw a party and Christmas is no exception. This annual Ugly Sweater Party will feature outside fire pits, DJ Esus spinning the holiday dance tunes and holiday spirit galore. A portion of sales will be donated to the JDRF Diabetes Foundation. 7pm. ATLAS Cider Co., 900 SE Wilson St., Bend. No cover.
Friday & Saturday 12/22 & 12/23
"Elf" (2003) screening
FILM—A modern holiday classic the whole family can enjoy. Will Farrell plays Buddy, a baby in an orphanage who stows away in Santa's sack and ends up at the North Pole. Later, as an adult human who was raised by elves, Santa allows him to go to New York City to find his birth father. But will the Big Apple be what he expects? 10pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St. $4.
Santa's Village in Downtown Bend
DOWNTOWN— This is your last chance to see Santa before Christmas—and perhaps even pick up some last-minute gifts at the shops downtown. Tell Santa what's on your Christmas list—and bring your camera to take photos. Santa will be located on Wall Street between Starbucks and North Soles. Noon-4pm. Downtown, Bend. Free.
Sunday & Monday 12/24 & 12/25
Ski with Santa on the Slopes
SKI— Looking forward to a white Christmas this year? Spend the weekend up at Mt. Bachelor with the family hitting the slopes! Look for the man in red on Christmas morning; you may see him zipping past you on skis. 10am-2pm. Mt. Bachelor, 13000 Century Dr., Bend.
Christmas Dinner at Carson's American Kitchen
DINNER—Need a break from cooking? Take the family to enjoy a festive dinner filled with traditional holiday dishes from slow smoked prime rib to