Every year Bend’s most dedicated paddling enthusiasts dress up their canoes and kayaks in bright lights and holiday garb and paddle around the Deschutes River for a few hours for Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe’s Holiday Lights Winter Paddle Parade 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 13, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. to decorate. After the crowd assembles, we’ll depart from the dock around 4:00pm 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 our decorated boats from about 4:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
In past years, the paddlers 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!), Fred Meyers or Amazon online, but the local stores often sell out, so get them soon.
After the paddle, we’ll gather back at the shop for some warm beverages and good company. This is also the kick off for Tumalo Creek’s Holiday Sale.