Thanksgiving decor with pumpkins around a wooden table

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Big Bear Lake

Posted: 11/04/22

This season's breathtaking fall colors have us excited for a festive holiday season with outdoor adventure and Thanksgiving celebrations here in Big Bear Lake.

Spending Thanksgiving in Big Bear is a perfect way to start your holiday season. Experience cool days and chilly nights, snow tubing and night skiing, the Turkey Trot, forest hikes and twinkling lights - it’s all here in Big Bear Lake.

1. Big Bear's Annual Turkey Trot

Earn your turkey feast in the annual Big Bear Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. Costumes are encouraged and strollers are welcome at this all-ages, family-friendly event. Take it easy with a 3-mile route or challenge yourself with the 6-mile or 9-mile runs. All routes are on level terrain. Check our Events Page for info.

2. Let's Talk Turkey (& More)

Cravings in Big Bear rarely go unsatisfied. Many Big Bear restaurants serve up traditional Thanksgiving dinners complete with tender turkey, cranberry sauce, savory stuffing, and pumpkin pie. The Barnstorm Restaurant is offering takeaway meals on Thanksgiving Day for those who make a reservation and are looking to feed up to six people. Looking for something unique and personalized? Hire a private chef to come to your cabin and prepare a gourmet holiday meal while you relax with family and friends.

You may be surprised to discover the range of cuisine in Big Bear and we encourage you to try it all while you're here! From Indian to Chinese, seafood to steak, fine dining to sweet shops, you'll find a fit for any hankering. Start drooling now on our Dining & Nightlife page.

Family and Big Bear mascot at Big Bear Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

3. Take A Hike

Big Bear is home to a vast network of San Bernardino National Forest trails. Take the whole family to enjoy a morning in the forest. Whether you're a hiker, a biker, an off-roader, or a snowshoe-er, the hiking trails in Big Bear offer something for everyone, from paved paths along the lake to challenging hikes with spectacular views.

4. Shop Local

Our visitors fall in love with the rustic, rural feel Big Bear has to offer. Explore The Village shops where you’ll find unique gifts, chic mountain clothing, and plenty of holiday discounts offered by Big Bear's local shops. Pick up the latest winter sports gear you won't find off the mountain. (And remember you can always hit the Cyber Monday sales online when you get home.)

A mother holds her daughter while enjoying shopping The Village at Big Bear Lake

5. Snow Tubing

Some of the best winter recreation on the mountain is snow tubing, but did you know you can up the fun factor with weekend Glow Tubing sessions? Neon lights give this much-loved activity a groovy twist and a magic carpet ride takes the uphill hike out of the equation!

A child having fun while snow tubing in Big Bear

6. Outdoor Adventure Tours

Take a tour with a guide! Big Bear Off-Road Experience, Action Zipline Tours, and Helicopter Big Bear offer a variety of top-notch, year-round tours for those who want to add a little adrenaline to their holiday visit. Head over to our Tours Page to start planning your next excursion.

7. More Mountain Fun

There's always plenty to do in Big Bear. Discover all the fun waiting for you and the whole family. Go horseback riding or visit the petting zoo at Baldwin Lake Stables.

A child has fun on a horseback riding tour in Big Bear

8. Holiday Lodging

No matter your budget, taste, or number of guests, we can help you find the ideal lodging for your holiday in Big Bear. Explore hotels, B&Bs, private homes, and more and book direct right on our website! Get booking!

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