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Christmas Holiday Events

Things to Do & Dining Options During Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

If you really want to add sparkle to your holiday season there is no better place in Southern California than Big Bear Lake. From Christmas to New Years the cozy mountain town transforms into a magical place of yule-tide cheer! Tis' the season to book your lodging reservations, whether it's your first Christmas or New Year's in the mountains, or if you're a frequent visitor that has made Big Bear Lake a holiday tradition.

Action Zipline Tours: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day tours start at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Action Segway Tours: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day tours start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Action Tree Rope Climbing: Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Alpine Slide: Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Christmas Day, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (weather permitting)

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure: Open Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.  Available 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset. This smartphone guided interactive scavenger hunt adventure in The Village is perfect for families and friends. Sign up online at Use special promo code: BBHolidays to receive 15% off your adventure. 

Big Bear Snow Play: Christmas Eve, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Christmas Day, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. (weather permitting)

Bear Mountain Ski Resort: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day 9 a.m. - 4 pm.

Goldsmith's Board House: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 7 a.m - 10 p.m.

Helicopter Big Bear: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Open, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Call for reservations (909) 585-1200.

Holloway's Marina: (Continuously open) 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (weather permitting)

Reiki Big Bear: Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Purchase a gift certificate at full price and receive a second one 50% off. Perfect gift for the holidays.

Snow Summit: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, Day Session 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Night Session 3 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. (weekends and holidays; weather permitting). 

Featured Restaurants Open on Christmas Day:

  • Nottinghams Restaurant Open 1 p.m.- 10 p.m.

  • Himalayan Restaurant Open 11 a.m.- 10 p.m.

  • Dynasty Open 11:30 a.m.- 9:30 p.m.

  • Murray's Saloon & Eatery Open 8 a.m.- 2 a.m.

  • Royal Thai Cafe Open Christmas Eve, 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Christmas Day, 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.

  • The Pines Lakefront Open 12 noon - 9 p.m. Call for reservations.

  • Masala Craft Indian Cuisine Open 11 p.m. - 9 p.m. 

  • Featured Events this Christmas Holiday Weekend:

  • Riglet Park Camp at Bear Mountain 

     Bear Mountain introduces Riglet Park! Children ages 3-6 will learn to ride miniature park features by using Burton's innovative Learn-to-Ride Technology. The Riglet Park emphasizes safety and learning in a fun, playground-like setting while introducing new possibilities for younger riders. Young riders learn balance while riding over mellow rollers, small berms and ground level features. Freestyle lesson package includes equipment (helmet rental/purchase available separately), shelter and lunch. *Riglet Park is for snowboarding only. Date: 12/26/15 - 12/27/15 Location: Bear Mountain at 43101 Goldmine Dr. Phone: 909-585-2519

  • Beatles vs Stones Live at The Cave 

    Who's best, the Beatles or Rolling Stones? It's an on-stage musical shootout courtesy of internationally renowned tribute bands Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash. Both bands go to great lengths to make the competition as real as possible; Abbey Road members play modern reissues of the exact same instruments and amps the Beatles used, while Jumping Jack Flash's "Keith Richards" (Young Hutchison) duplicates the disjointed walk, blacked-out tooth and electrical tape around snakeskin boots made famous by the guitarist. The bands alternate mini sets and trade improvised barbs and banter between songs to act out the famous "rivalry." From costume changes that take the Beatles from their black suits for "A Hard Day’s Night" and mustaches and wigs a la the Sgt. Pepper era to the wild gyrations of the Stones' Mick Jagger, both bands present accurate sound and look too.
    Date: 12/26/15
    Time: 6:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
    Location: The Cave at 40789 Village Dr.
    Phone: 909-878-0204

  • Guided Snowshoe Eco Tours with the Big Bear Discovery Center 

    Join a naturalist for a guided snowshoe tour in the San Bernardino National Forest. You will learn how to snowshoe, go for a guided trek through the forest, and have some exploration time as well! Dependent on snow conditions, call for more details. Reservations required.
    Date: 12/26/15
    Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Location: Big Bear Discovery Center at 40971 North Shore Dr. (Hwy. 38)
    Phone: 909-382-2790

  • Live Music with Izon Eden at Nottingham's Tavern 

    Please call or visit website for more details.
    Date: 12/26/15 Time: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
    Location: Nottingham’s Tavern at 40797 Big Bear Blvd.
    Phone: 909-866-4644 Goldsmith's Board House Race Series # 1 at Snow Summit Goldsmith's Board House's Annual Ski and Snowboard Race Series. Open to anyone ages 6-20. Races include: under age 10, under 12, under 14, under 16 under 18 and under 21.
    Date: 12/27/15
    Time: 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Location: Snow Summit at 880 Summit Blvd.
    Phone: 909-866-5766

  • "The Rising" Springsteen Tribute at The Cave

     The Rising is a brotherhood of friends, some with ties that date back nearly two decades. Much like Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, they take the stage more like a gang, than a band. They collectively roll up their sleeves and go to work, night, after night. They were all cut from the worn denim of blue collar towns, and paid musical dues playing dive bars, and juke joints. What you hear is the musical truth. What you see is the embodiment of friendship, and what you feel is the 'spiritual healing', that can only be supplied by a great rock n roll band.
    Date: 12/27/15
    Time: 6:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
    Location: The Cave at 40789 Village Dr.
    Phone: 909-878-0204

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