Thanksgiving in Big Bear Lake

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Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday that gives everyone a chance to sit back and take stock of all that we’re grateful for in life. From friends to family and the many gifts between, gratitude is in good supply when November rolls around. This year consider taking your Thanksgiving festivities to the beautiful Southern California city of Big Bear Lake. Charming, family-friendly and scenic, Big Bear is a great place to spend the holidays that comes with the added bonus of plenty of fun activities waiting for you! Here are a few of the Big Bear Thanksgiving events you won’t want to miss out on while you’re here.

Big Bear Turkey Trot

Meadow Park in Big Bear is home to the city’s annual Big Bear Turkey Trot when Thanksgiving is in full swing. Before you settle in to take on Thanksgiving dinner, make sure you sign up to burn those calories away as you lace up and compete in the annual race! While participants can choose between three race lengths according to preference, the fun doesn’t end there. Once you’ve crossed the finish line, enjoy a costume parade and a pie eating contest to get you back into the holiday culinary spirit.

Try Nottingham’s Restaurant For Thanksgiving in Big Bear

While many restaurants are closed for Thanksgiving, Nottingham’s is open and welcomes visitors and locals to come on in and enjoy a traditional Big Bear Thanksgiving Day meal together. Located at 40797 Big Bear Boulevard, this restaurant provides a cozy and friendly ambiance where guests can enjoy a fireplace and live music alongside their turkey and mashed potatoes. A pub room and patio create the perfect space to retire with a drink in hand once you’ve happily filed up on rich holiday fare.

Castle Rock Trail

When you’re looking for a simple, yet beautiful way to walk off some of that turkey dinner from your Thanksgiving in Big Bear, consider heading toward Castle Rock Trail. This very popular and beautiful route takes hikers over a gentle 500-foot incline and provides some of the most stunning lake views around. Even in the colder months, this trek promises to be memorable and a good option for hikers of all ages and abilities. With a trailhead located just one mile east of Big Bear Dam, visitors find this trail very easy to access.

Take Time to Enjoy Big Bear

When you’re planning to be in Big Bear Lake over Thanksgiving, Big Bear Vacations is your one-stop shop for finding and booking the ideal vacation rental. We keep you close to those areas you’re excited to explore while providing the privacy and luxury you deserve. Contact us today for more details and to begin planning your Big Bear adventure!