There are countless opportunities that you do not want to miss while you are in Big Bear during the winter. Near the top of the list is snowshoeing, sledding, and of course, skiing and/or snowboarding. But with one visit to Big Bear, you will come to find that there are many awesome events and festivals that are sure to provide memories that you will never forget. The following are just three of these Big Bear winter events that you should not miss.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

As the holidays approach, Big Bear is the place you want to be, as you will not find better holiday spirit anywhere. You can find a great example of this at the Tree Lighting Ceremony, where Santa greets everyone and lights the community tree; it will surely leave you speechless. Enjoy snacks and hot drinks while you immerse yourself in this one-of-a-kind community. This year, the festivities are taking place on November 24th beginning at 5 pm at the Fire Department at 301 W Big Bear Blvd.

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New Year’s Eve at the Summit

One of the most beloved events of the year comes on December 31st at the great elevation of Snow Summit. For the 53rd year in a row, you can enjoy the best show in town beginning at 7 PM when hundreds of skiers and snowboarders ride down the mountain carrying torches, creating a one-of-a-kind spectacle. This is only the beginning though, as the Snow Summit Lodge hosts an awesome Big Bear Winter party afterwards featuring great music, dancing, and of course, hot chocolate.

Big Bear Lake Turkey Trot

As Thanksgiving comes around, it is time to do some turkey trotting in Big Bear. The experience here, is sure to surpass any that you have ever had, mostly because of how breathtakingly gorgeous the run you will be taking is. You have options for taking 3-, 6-, and 9-mile runs, so there is something for everyone. The races begin at 9 am but there is plenty of fun afterwards, as the community gathers for some food, drink, and good music. Find it Thanksgiving Day at Meadow Park at 41220 Park Ave.

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With all of these amazing opportunities, it can be easy to forget about one of the most important aspects of your Big Bear vacation: the place that you choose to stay. There are countless amazing options, but finding the right one can be a daunting task. Well, you will not find the task so overwhelming when you seek out the services of Big Bear Vacations, one of the most renowned vacation rental companies in the area. We make it easy to find the perfect place for you, as we offer the best accommodations in Big Bear. Rustic mountain décor, spacious rooms, high-end furniture, bedrooms fit for royalty, and amazing views are commonplace among our endless options. Find the place for you quickly and easily by contacting our vacation specialists today!

As 4th of July comes around, millions of Americans are deciding how they should celebrate the freedoms of this country this year. A small portion of this group will decide to visit Big Bear, California, and they are likely to have the greatest experience of all of them. This is due to all of the fun summer activities and beauty in Big Bear, along with some amazing festivities and fireworks displays that will blow you away this year. The following are some of the best of these shows in Big Bear.

Big Bear 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

You will come across many events that offer a little bit of everything on top of a fireworks show, like games and music. This is not the case here, as the sole purpose of this event is to provide the very best fireworks show in all of Southern California, and they have been succeeding for years. Endless spectacular fireworks will be shot off a barge on the lake just off Pine Knot Landing, beginning sometime between 8:45 and 9:15 on July 4th. The best part of the event is you can view it free of charge from any of the public parks on the shores of the lake! If you want to make it a truly unforgettable experience, try getting out on the lake on a boat for the festivities.

Above the Boom

These Big Bear 4th of July festivities take you up to 8,200 feet in order to enjoy the incredible Fireworks Spectacular. These festivities take place at Snow Summit at 880 Summit Boulevard and features a delicious BBQ dinner, live music, games for the kids, a complimentary glass of champagne, and of course, the best views in town. Begin the festivities with the peaceful mile-long ascent up the Summit’s Scenic Sky Chair, after which you can take advantage of all the fun and delicious festivities the party has to offer.

Top It Off with a Beautiful Place to Stay

After having all of the fun that Big Bear 4th of July has to offer, you will want to have a cozy and beautiful place to go home to and rest up. People often go for the hotels, but these accommodations do not provide nearly the same comfort, privacy, and luxury that you very own vacation home will surely provide. In order to find an amazing vacation rental, there is no service more thorough than that provided by Big Bear Vacations. Our wide variety of homes and cabins makes us the very best vacation rental company in town. Contact us today to book your stay for 4th of July!

People travel to Big Bear from all over the world for a wide variety of reasons, the most predominant of which is the beautiful area in which the town sits. A massive lake, towering mountains, endless wilderness, and much more highlight the sights of Big Bear. There is plenty to see, but there is also plenty to do on any Big Bear vacation. The area is home to many attractions that you will not want to miss during your time in Big Bear.

Big Bear Discovery Center

The Big Bear Discovery Center makes taking advantage of this beautiful area easier than ever before. The goal of the Center is to teach people and provide joy in the San Bernardino Wilderness. They do this by acting as a sort of natural museum with exhibits that teach visitors about the wildlife and ecosystems of this one of a kind area. But they also provide numerous opportunities to get out explore. Weekly programs allow visitors a peak into the work of conservationists, park rangers, and more. And an amazing eco tour is always available. They also try to take some of the guess work out of experiencing the area by providing trail maps, camping info, permits, and more. You can find the Big Bear Discovery Center located on the north side of the lake at 40971 North Shore Drive.

Sky Chair Lift

Big Bear is known for its incredible skiing and snowboarding, especially at Snow Summit. Visiting this place during the winter is a no-brainer, but the sky chair lift is sure to provide a good time even during the summer. This one-mile-long ascent takes you to one of the highest peaks in the San Bernardino Wilderness. Once you reach the top, you will be greeted by the best views, but there is also plenty of opportunity for hiking, mountain biking, and more.

Amazing Vacation Rentals

Now that you have a couple of good ideas of where to begin your adventure, you should turn your focus to find a wonderful place to call home while you are here, which should prove to be very easy. This is because of an amazing selection of vacation homes and incredible vacation rental companies and services like Big Bear Vacations. We are the premiere vacation rental business in the area for both unparalleled service and a wide selection of homes located throughout the area. Check out our listings and see how easy it is to find the vacation home of your dreams in Big Bear.

There are certainly many more attractions in Big Bear, and they are exceedingly easy to find, almost to the point where all you have to do is walk outside. When you mix some cool attractions with any one of the homes provided by Big Bear Vacations, you have yourself an unforgettable vacation.

Unsung Hero

When we are very small we are cared for and protected. As we grow the food is on the table and the home decorated special for Birthdays and Holidays. Photos are taken at school functions and hung on the refrigerator. Tears as first after first is recorded and shared – first steps, first Christmas, first dance, first car, first day of college. Remember your Mother this weekend and take her for a wonderful mountain adventure.

A Peaceful Getaway on Mother’s Day 

Allow mom to rest, relax, explore, shop, and enjoy the fresh mountain air and beautiful lake.

~ Add Flowers $45.00
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Take Mom to Breakfast


Old Country Inn

Teddy Bear Restaurant

Saturday at Bear Valley Farms

Bring Mom for fun at the farm. Take her on a hay ride through the forest and set her on a horse! Pet the baby goats and enjoy a moment back in time when things were simpler and family spent more quality time together.

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Big Bear Vacations.

As Memorial Day approaches, so too does summertime. Memorial Day is a momentous day that marks the coming of our favorite season, but it is also an important time to express gratitude for the freedoms that we enjoy and the brave men and women who have fought for those freedoms. Big Bear is the perfect place to celebrate because it offers countless opportunities to remember and to celebrate. Below you will find just a few of the great opportunities you have for this upcoming holiday.

Grill & Chill

This sounds more like a philosophy than an event, but it is both when Memorial Day Weekend comes around in Big Bear, and it is the best way to celebrate the holiday. The focal point of the event is the Kansas City Barbecue State Championship Competition. A $10,000 prize really heats this up, but it does not really matter who wins for you, because you will have access to various sized sampler platter from each and every contestant. To go with this amazing food, guests can enjoy craft beers in the beer garden, a kids’ play area, cooking demonstrations, and amazing live music. This awesome event is happening on Saturday, May 26th and May 27th and there truly is something for everyone at this classic.

Many Other Great Events

For those that are looking to do something to honor those who have fought for us, there is an incredible Memorial Day service bring put on by the Veterans Organization at Gold Mountain Cemetery at 11 am on May 28th. After you pay your respects, you can head down to the Big Bear Lake Convention Center to celebrate the annual the Spring Air Arts and Crafts Fair. This is a three-day celebration from Saturday through Monday showcasing the best in creativity that the area has to offer.

Enjoy the Summer in Big Bear

You do not have to go to some special event in Big Bear to celebrate Memorial Day properly and have a great time doing so. This is because the area provides all that you need for an incredible holiday. Memorial Day is the perfect time to spend a day at the lake, whether you are relaxing and cooking some food on a beautiful piece of coastline or you bring lunch on the boat you can rent. Nothing says Memorial Day and summer quite like spending a day relaxing at the lake, and in Big Bear, you will be relaxing on one of the most beautiful lakes in the country.

When you get the people you care about together for Memorial Day, it is bound to be a valuable time, but when you celebrate in Big Bear, it will quickly become an unforgettable time. Travel here and experience the holiday as never before.

Contact us today to learn more about Memorial Day in Big Bear; or, click here to view our beautiful selection of vacation rentals that will be sure to make your Memorial Day vacation one for the books.

Big Bear is home to endless opportunities. The first thing that comes to the minds of many visitors is the unparalleled opportunity for recreation that you have while here. This is true, but perhaps the greatest opportunity comes with the incredible food that you can find throughout this beautiful town. The community is not very big, but they sure make a lot of amazing food! This is on full display through some of the community’s wonderful food festivals coming up.

Big Bear Grill and Chill

This is one of the most interesting events in Big Bear as it brings a bit of friendly competition together with a day spent relaxing. The Kansas City Barbecue Society is throwing this event for the first time on May 25th and May 26th. Competition entries are open to everyone, so if you think the world needs to taste one of you family’s recipes, get your team together and reserve yourself a spot in the competition. If you are not so much a cook as much as an eater, then you can forgo the competition and just explore the festival. Obviously, there will be plenty of amazing foods, but there will also be music, drinks, and activities to compliment it. The festivities are happening at 630 Bartlett Road.

4th of July Barbecue

When this amazing holiday comes together with great food, there is really something to celebrate. You will find a very food-centric celebration of the 4th of July in Big Bear at the Marina Resort. Reserved seats and amazing meals are served as you enjoy live entertainment along with games and activities for the kids. Once you have eaten your fill and had some fun, the fireworks cap off the evening starting at 8:45 pm.

The Chili Cook Off

This festival brings comfort food at its finest, with the main event revolving around a variety of the best chili recipes in the area. There will be over 40 cooks vying for the title of best chili in Big Bear, and you can taste all of the chili you want! But there is also plenty of other awesome foods, drinks, live entertainment, and a play area for the kids. Bring an appetite and have an amazing time at this year’s chili cook off. The festivities will take place at the Bartlett Activities Area in mid-July, although the 2018 dates have yet to be set, so check back at

These are some of the more interesting culinary events coming up, but there are so many more that you are bound to love. Check the city’s schedule of events to find just one more reason to visit Big Bear!

Will you be the LUCKY Winner? 

Join us for Saint Patrick’s Day and your home might include a lucky pot of gold.

Our little leprechaun will be visiting 10 homes prior to your arrival and placing pots of gold filled with gold coins and goodies.  One lucky guest will win a FREE two-night stay at Shore Acres Lodge.


10 Lucky homes include a POT OF GOLD

Stay 2 nights over Saint Patrick’s Day weekend (3/16 – 3/18) and your home might include a POT OF GOLD

One lucky guest wins a FREE 2-night stay at Shore Acres Lodge

*All pots include fake gold coins and prizes.

Tried Skiing for the First Time in 20 Years

This week was a momentous week for one of our own Staff members at Big Bear Vacations. Our Front Desk Manager took a chance this week on skiing for the first time since she was a Girl Scout. Here is her story:

Being a Mother with children who works full time it can be a challenge keeping up as your kids grow and develop. My son is 9 and has completed a Beginners Course at Bear Mountain. He has a new passion for Snowboarding! It is very exciting, but also scary! This week he asked when he could go again – and that means someone has to go with! Supermom had to strap in and gather all her bravery. 

First, we went to Getboards and got some gear; Mom got skis. Next, we went to Snow Summit.  We found parking pretty easy and asked one of the many attendants what to do next – he helped us hang our lift tickets on our coats. Then we approached Moms worst fear, the lift. It was the beginner slope but it still felt scary. I told the attendant how I was feeling and she slowed the lift so we could hop on and gave me some advice on how to get off. Off we went! I made it off and slid to a stop, never falling once. 

I can do it!

My boy and I had one of the best days of my life. We went on the lift about a dozen times. We skied and boarded down and I could tell my son was so proud of me. I never got hurt or fell. I just took it slow and tried to remember all I had forgot from 20 years ago when my Girl Scout Troop went skiing. 

Now, I have a new passion I can share with my son. We made some wonderful memories and bonded in a big way. I can tell he really respected me for conquering my fears and getting out there. I am a proud Mom! If I can do it – so can you!

This could be your year to conquer old fears and find new passions in Big Bear. Come stay with us and take a chance! Reinvent yourself and connect with family on a deeper level. Make life changing memories that will last a lifetime~

Because of the weather that southern California typically experiences, it may be hard at times to really get into the spirit of winter. Let’s be honest: Does it really feel like winter when it’s sunny and 75 degrees outside? Luckily for you, there’s a hidden winter wonderland in southern California waiting to make you and your family’s winter vacation the most memorable to date. Come up and visit Bear Big Lake and experience a winter wonderland like no other in California!

A True Winter Paradise

Unlike the majority of southern California, Big Bear Lake sits at an incredible 6,752 feet in elevation. This means one thing: lots of snow! In the wintertime, Big Bear Lake transforms from a lakeside destination to a winter wonderland, with light and fluffy snow covering the mountainsides and powdering the thousands of trees of the San Bernardino National Forest. This provides visitors with picturesque views that are perfect for getting you in winter mood, and will make it so you can’t resist putting your feet up with a warm cup of cocoa in front of a roaring fire!

So Many Activities to Experience in Big Bear

Some people may think that because Big Bear Lake is a big summer vacation town that this means it slows down in the wintertime, and that’s not true at all! Big Bear Lake is a year-round destination with plenty of winter fun to be had on the mountains. Snow Summit Ski Resort is truly a sight to behold. Whether you’re new to winter sports or an experienced rider, you’ll love shredding down the mountain trails found in Big Bear.

Not interested in skiing or snowboarding, but still want to explore the winter landscape? Why not try your hand at snowshoeing? Snowshoes let you explore the trails found around Big Bear Lake at your own pace; just be sure to dress warmly!

No matter how you choose to spend your winter escape, Big Bear Lake has something for everyone. If you want to start the new year off right, come spend the beginning of 2018 in a true winter wonderland with us!

Big Bear is one of Southern California’s top skiing and snowboarding destinations for the winter season. Whether you are enjoying one of the community’s numerous ski resorts, the shops and restaurants of the Big Bear Lake Village, or exploring the San Bernardino National Forest, Big Bear offers something for everyone in the winter season. Planning Christmas for the family may seem like a scary task when on vacation, but here in Big Bear, finding the closest Christmas event is just as easy as being at home. Here are our top picks for local Big Bear Christmas events!

Santa Comes to Snow Summit

Every child yearns to visit Santa and relay his or her wishes for Christmas gifts each year. Lucky for you, Santa does not miss out on Big Bear! Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the Christmas Tree Lot in the Big Bear Lake Village located just off the corner of Pine Knot Boulevard and Village Drive. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be available for your child’s wishes on December 23rd and December 24th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Santa will even at the base of Snow Summit on December 23rd for all you skiing enthusiasts!

Santa’s Hayride to the North Pole

Every Friday and Saturday this holiday season will be the host of the Santa’s Hayride just down in Bear Valley Farms. This event will delight everyone in your family with a night of beautiful Christmas sightseeing. Come see the array of thousands of beautiful Christmas lights and decorations. Complimentary cocoa will be available to enjoy at the Bear Valley Farms’ theater, which is playing all of the Christmas classics. Letters to Santa and book readings but his helpful elves will delight all of your children. This magical hayride will transport you into the magical kingdom of the North Pole!

The Nutcracker Ballet

The Big Bear Lake Arts and Moonridge School of Dance will be putting on a two-night performance of the Nutcracker. Performances will be held on December 16th at 7:00pm and December 17th at 2:30pm. Tickets are $22 for general admission and can be purchased at, calling the PAC box office at (909) 866-4970, or at the door. This beloved performance is a holiday tradition for the entire family and makes a terrific Christmas gift idea as well. Don’t miss out on this local production of the Nutcracker!

Your Christmas Destination

Take a break from the mountain’s beautiful ski slopes and spend your next Christmas tradition in Big Bear Lake Village. There is Christmas fun that the whole family can enjoy!