How to Thanksgiving in Big Bear Lake

Posted: 09/22/18

Thanksgiving Holiday + Big Bear Lake = Good Times

Spending Thanksgiving in Big Bear is a perfect way to start your holiday season. Cool days and chilly nights. Snow tubing and night skiing. Turkey Trot and forest hikes. Football and family time. Twinkling lights and Santa nights. It’s all here in Big Bear Lake.

Let’s Talk Turkey

Several Big Bear restaurants will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Make your reservations early because they book up fast every year. Another option is hiring Chef Allan, a private chef, to come to your cabin and prepare a gourmet holiday meal while you relax with family and friends.

Before the Feast

Run in the 7th Annual Big Bear Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Costumes are encouraged, but not required for this fun turkey day event. 3-mile, 6-mile, or 9-mile runs for all ages on level terrain.

Family smiles in front of the camera for the Turkey Trot

Take A Hike

The whole family can enjoy a morning hike in the forest. Big Bear has hiking trails with everyone in mind, from paved paths along the lake to challenging hikes up the mountain for spectacular lake views.

Not Black Friday

Avoid the holiday crowds and check out The Village shops where you’ll find unique gifts, chic mountain clothing and the latest winter sports gear that you will not find off the mountain. Stop by one of the local eateries or coffee houses for a quick bite or brew. (You can always hit the Cyber Monday sales online when you get home.)

A mother and daughter window shop in The Village

Friday Night Lights

Santa’s Grand Entrance and Tree Lighting in The Village is an absolute must. Bundle up for a festive night as carolers stroll through The Village spreading holiday cheer while awaiting Santa’s Grand Entrance.

Snow Tubing

Some of the best fun on the mountain is when you take the kids snow tubing. Choose your inner tubes and ride the ‘magic carpet’ to the top of the hill. Hear the sounds of belly laughter as the kids race each other down the slopes.

Big Bear Snow Play

Outdoor Adventure Tours

Big Bear Jeep Experience, Action Zipline Tours and Helicopter Big Bear offer a variety of top notch tours for those who want to add a little adrenaline to their visit.

More Mountain Fun

Big Bear Alpine Zoo is fun for the whole family. Go horseback riding or visit the petting zoo at Baldwin Lake Stables. The Bowling Barn is a great place for large groups to gather for some indoor fun.

Horseback tours in Big Bear


Get ready for the busy holiday season by treating yourself to a hot stone massage, aromatherapy session or a custom facial this holiday weekend; or check out the Mountain Yoga Center for scheduled sessions that will help relax you and balance your energy.

Holiday Lodging

Whether you are planning a large family holiday or a romantic getaway for two, we can help you find Thanksgiving lodging specials and options in Big Bear.

A family arrives to their cabin in the snow

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