Things to Do & Dining Options During Christmas Weekend
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 yuletide 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, tours start at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. & Christmas Day tours start at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Action Segway Tours: Christmas Eve, tours start at 9 a.m. and run every two hours, last tour at 2 p.m. & Christmas Day tours start 11 a.m. and run every two hours, last tour at 2 p.m.
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
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.
Big Bear Discovery Center: Christmas Eve, 8:30 a.m - 12 p.m.
Big Bear Funplex: Open Christmas Eve & Day, call for hours of operation (909) 866-3866
The Bowling Barn: Open Christmas Eve & Day, call for hours of operation (909) 878-2695
Goldsmith's Board House: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 7 a.m - 10 p.m.
Helicopter Big Bear: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Open, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Call for reservations (909) 585-1200.
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.
Royal Thai Cafe Open 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.
The Pines Lakefront Open 12 noon - 9 p.m. Call for reservations.
Masala Craft Open 11 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Featured Events this Christmas Holiday Weekend:
Christmas in the Village with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Visit Santa and Mrs Claus at the Christmas Tree Lot in the Village at the Corner of Pine Knot Blvd and Village.
Time: 10:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Christmas Tree Lot in the Village located on the corner of Pine Knot Blvd and Village Dr.
Santa Comes to Snow Summit
Come get your photo taken with Santa in our Basecamp from noon to three o'clock. Admission is free and open to everyone.
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Snow Summit at 880 Summit Blvd.
Winter Kick Off Party: Warren Miller’s “Here, There & Everywhere” at the Cave
In this 67th annual Warren Miller film, take a freeski adventure with industry veterans Ingrid Backstrom and Wendy Fisher in Crested Butte, tour Eastern Greenland by dog sled with Seth Wescott and Rob Kingwill and follow Jess McMillan and Grete Eliassen on a Swiss holiday aboard the Glacier Express. Explore the bac kcountry of Western Montana’s Glacier Country with Tyler Ceccanti, Collin Collins and Keith Curtis and catch a powder day with Kaylin Richardson, Matt Elliott, Marcus Caston and the Kicking Horse ski patrol in British Columbia.
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: The Cave at 40789 Village Dr.
Phone: (909) 878-0204
Nature Walks at the Big Bear Discovery Center
Join us for a 30-minute nature walk on Saturdays and Sundays to learn about the local plant life, wildlife and some very interesting historical facts. Great activity for families and individuals who want to gain a greater appreciation for our National Forest. Nature walks are not strenuous and designed for all levels of physical conditioning.
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Big Bear Discovery Center at 40971 North Shore Dr. (Hwy. 38)
Classic movies at the Cave featuring National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
The Cave is a new, intimate music venue in Big Bear that promises to bring you up close and personal with its performers. Call or visit website for ticket information. Doors Open at 11:00 a.m. Tickets are $8 adults/$5 Kids
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: The Cave at 40789 Village Dr.