While Southern California might not bring to mind images of frosty mornings with cocoa in hand, a trip to Big Bear Lake around Christmas time is sure to change your mind. This charming destination tucked alongside a beautiful lake, lush forests and a village filled with quaint boutique shops brings holiday family-fun in a big way! After all, it truly is a picturesque scene to wake up to a forest blanketed with a fresh layer of snow as a brisk breeze cuts through their limbs and whispers in the early morning hours. When you’re in the mood to see Santa, take a sleigh ride or hit the slopes in style, Big Bear Lake is the perfect place to spend your holidays this year. Here are a few of the Big Bear Christmas events, and some extra bonus activities for your Christmas holiday, in the area you won’t want to miss out on!
Between November 27th and December 24th each year, visitors to Big Bear Lake can take part in Christmas in the Village every Saturday and Sunday. From 10:00 am until 4:00 pm guests can browse the Christmas tree lot, take advantage of restaurants staying open later than usual and perhaps most importantly, get a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Clause! Keep your camera and wish list ready when you’re hitting up Christmas in the Village with little ones in tow.
When the cooler temperatures just aren’t enough and you’re in Big Bear between November 24th and December 24th, head over to Bear Valley Farms at 1601 E. Big Bear Boulevard to spend time in a space transformed into a complete winter wonderland. Kids will love this area for the several snow-based activities and when you’re looking for a family-fun moment, be sure to jump in for one of the many sleigh rides hosted throughout the evening. This magical and memorable stop is sure to put you in the holiday spirit from the moment you arrive.
If you’re picturing your holiday in Big Bear Lake with a little more of a thrill to it all, plan to spend some time at the Big Bear Alpine Slide for breathtaking speeds that will keep you coming back for more. During the winter months, this already heart-pounding slide is done up for tubing, making it even faster than its summertime counterpart. Race your way through the holidays with a stop at this fun-filled destination, and other Big Bear Christmas events.
While all these Christmas events are great ways to spend your holiday, make sure you still check out the plethora of other adventures that lie in wait around our cozy town. If you are interested in really getting a chance to see the winter world in its natural glory, then head on over to Action Tours and make the most of one of their snowshoe tours. Enjoy this 3-hour tour where you’ll enjoy exploring the forests upon multiple terrains; however, if this is your first time, don’t feel nervous, as they can adjust the tour as needed to match any skill level. One could also head on over to Baldwin Stables and enjoy a relaxing afternoon trotting along the trails as you gaze upon the winter wonderland from the back of a horse. Featuring everything from 1-hour to half-day tours, you are sure to have a magical time that you won’t soon forget.
One could also head on over to Big Bear Escape Rooms and put your mind to the test as you try to solve the puzzles you find hidden around and escape your confinement. Not only do they offer a variety of different themed rooms, but they have also won awards for their elaborate set designs which will truly make the experience come to life. One could also enjoy a day out in the frosty air as you explore Big Bear Zoo, which features a variety of exhibits year-round. Enjoy the tranquility of spending an afternoon gazing upon our animal neighbors, featuring everything from bears to wolves, artic foxes, snow leopards, and everything in between!
Of course, no Christmas holiday is complete without some good food to finish off the magic. You’ll find that Big Bear offers a range of different eateries, each one offering something unique and special to dig into during your trip. For instance, if you are looking for good old-fashioned cooking, head on over to Teddy Bear Restaurant, where you will have your choice of a variety of home cooked meals and pies which are sure to make you mouth water. Of course, if you are looking for something a bit different, you can always head on over to Sonora Cantina, where you can enjoy a variety of hits from south of the border from fajitas to carnitas, carne asada, burritos, tacos, and all in between! You can also head on over to Peppercorn Grille, which features a heated patio, as well as a lovely indoor dining area. You’ll find a variety of different dishes, including pizzas, lasagnas, chicken marsala, crab cakes, and even steak and lamb dishes
Christmas in Big Bear Lake promises to be a magical time of year. When you’re planning a visit, Big Bear Vacations will help take care of the accommodation details. Let us book you into a beautiful vacation rental that keeps you cozy, comfortable and feeling like royalty from the moment you walk through the door. Contact us today for more information and to begin planning your Big Bear Christmas!