By BROOKE SNAVELY
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
It’s the last weekend before Christmas and, while most traditional holiday activities are canceled due to COVD, it’s a great time to view holiday lights.
Central Oregon Daily is frequently asked where to find some of the best decorations. We found one neighborhood that many refer to as Christmas Tree Lane.
On Bonny Bridge and Camden Place off Ferguson Road in southeast Bend, nearly every home is lit up with hundreds, if not thousands of lights and all manner of holiday decorations.
The first house motorists encounter as they pull into the neighborhood features a stunning display called the Rasmussen Christmas Parade.
“We decided, since they canceled the Christmas Parade, we’d get a sign and put it on one of our job trailers and we’ll make it our own little parade of Christmas lights so everybody can enjoy that,” Monique Rasmussen said. “We might be missing a few blow ups but I’d say there’s about 15 of them, maybe 20. Lights…endless. We have two storage units full of lights. We don’t have everything up because we don’t have any more room but it’s a lot of fun.”
The Rasmussen display is just one of dozens that impress people of all ages, but clearly its children who get the biggest charge out of the decorations.
“It’s really awesome. We come out every year and look at the lights,” said Brody Dent. “We know the people right here. They go all out. It’s pretty awesome.”
Be prepared to take your time as you drive through this neighborhood.
There’s so much to see and there’s so many people looking, that traffic frequently slows to a crawl.
“The Christmas spirit is just really fun and everyone’s out putting up their lights. It’s just happened over the last five or six years that everybody’s gotten super involved. It’s just fun. Everybody’s happy,” Rasmussen said. “Christmas Eve is super fun.”
“This the first time we came here,” said a passing motorist. “Somebody on Facebook mentioned it and we came to check it out. The kids love it.”
Rasmussen says she gets pleasure watching people get out of their cars and take pictures in front of the displays with their families. “Kids wave. We have families that have been coming through since their kids were little. It’s fun,” she said.
Most of the homes in Camden Park turn on their lights around 4 pm and leave them on until about 10 pm.