Holiday Paddle Round Up: spreading Christmas cheer this winter

December 10, 2021

Information about holiday-themed paddles happening this month!
Holiday Paddle Round Up: spreading Christmas cheer this winter


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 world, we hope you’ll get on the water and stroke your heart out this winter solstice! (2021 dates below) 

Holiday Paddle, San Diego, CA - December 8 at 3pm

Aqua Adventures and San Diego Paddlers will embark on a Christmas paddle through the claimed, “always beautiful” Mission Bay. This event is free and open to all skill levels. We provide a safe and fun environment where all paddlers can enjoy the trip at their own pace and level in a group environment. 

Christmas Canoe Paddle, Hampshire, England - December 11& 23 at 11am

JoinNew Forest Activities for a festive paddle with Santa on the Beaulieu River. Enjoy a 90 minute guided tour of the river's beautiful nature reserve, with the river offering up some of its more stunning sights on a fresh winter's day. All children will receive a gift from Santa and there'll be toasty hot chocolate available to keep you warm. 

Santa’s Christmas Light Paddle in Naples Canals, CA - December 12 at 4:30pm

Calling all paddleboarding and/or Christmas light enthusiasts! Grab your boat and Santa hat. All skill levels are welcome but you need to be comfortable paddling when it’s a little dark and with slow moving boats nearby. The sun will be going down but the Christmas lights will be showing us the way.

For event details, check out this link!

Christmas lights parade, Long Beach, CA - December 18 at 5:00pm

Join in for the 75th annual Christmas Lights boat parade, a kayaking and paddleboarding event. Decorate your vessel with festive adornments and observe the lights on mansions and homes from the water. 

For event details, check out this link! 

Christmas Paddle, Bedford, UK - December 18 at 4:30pm

For a perfect Christmas combo, pick from a canoe, kayak, or SUP to paddle and finish with mulled wine and mince pies. Join the annual Christmas fun on the river and remember that Christmas outfits are optional. Or choose your own adventure and opt for theStand Up Paddleboard Polar Paddle in Bedford on December 11.

For event 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! 

Holiday Lights Winter Paddle Parade, Bend, OR - canceled

Although this year's event is canceled, keep this event on your radar for future Decembers. Local paddle outfittersTumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe host community supported Paddle Parade in theOld Mill District where the iconic Deschutes River floats through a scenic and urban corridor. Cross your fingers this event isn’t a permanent COVID casualty. 

From our families to yours, and from everyone at Eddyline, have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! 


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