Deck the Kayaks with Bows of Holly for these Holiday Paddle Events

December 09, 2022

A round-up of different holiday-themed paddling events for 2022.
Deck the Kayaks with Bows of Holly for these Holiday Paddle Events

This holiday season is a great time to bring costuming while kayaking to the next level. We’re talking lights, ornaments, mini Christmas trees, Santa and elf attire, the whole shebang. Chuck on a costume and forget decking the halls with boughs of holly. Instead, deck out your cockpit, stern and bow. With tinseled holiday cheer in tow, shout your yuletide joy from sea to shining sea, and from lake and river! With this roundup of holiday themed paddle event favorites around the states, we hope you’ll get on the water and stroke your heart out this winter solstice! 

Looking for holiday paddle adventures but don’t live near these locations? Search our“Find A Dealer” tool for a business in your area. Chances are they may host a holiday themed paddle outing or know of one nearby. 


Holiday Lights Winter Paddle Parade, Bend, OR - December 9 at 4:00pm
Down home paddle outfittersTumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe host a community supported Paddle Parade in theOld Mill District where the iconic Deschutes River floats through a scenic and urban corridor. 
For a Source Weekly article aboutHoliday Lights Winter Paddle Parade’s of yore
For an Eddyline throw-back blog post reminiscingHoliday Lights Winter Paddle Parade’s of yore…
For event details, check out this link! 

Holiday Christmas Lights Night Paddle, Fort Lauderdale, FL - December 16 at 6:00pm
It's that time of year again..... CHRISTMAS TIME! And Sunrise Paddleboards is hosting a paddle cruise to check out all the neighborhood houses with Christmas lights. Afterall, anyone can drive around on the roads but paddling the waterways gives it more spice. After, enjoy a get together outside on the deck with complimentary beverages.
For details, check out this link!

Day B4 Christmas Eve Morning Paddle, Silverton, OR - December 23 at 10:30am
This holiday paddle is organized by Salem Kayak Rentals and is open to all paddlers of all skill levels and crafts. Contest and prizes for most festive decorations and hot cider and donuts offered gratis. Wear warm attire.
For event details, check out this link! 

Annual Holiday Float, Eugene, OR - December 11 at 2:00pm
Join local Eddyline DealerOregon Paddle Sports as they attend this event put on by Eugene Rafting Association. Not an event to paddle your Eddyline Kayak in, but still a fun event anyways, bring your whitewater raft/kayak, your PFD, and your fun Christmas decorations! Oregon Paddle Sports will be providing hot chocolate and some fun giveaways at the event.
For details, check out this link!

Do you participate in any other local paddling traditions in your community that you'd like us to highlight for this upcoming year? Email us that info at or DM the author on her instagram @guerrillamediabend

From our families to yours, have a happy holiday season!