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How to Thanksgiving in Big Bear Lake

Posted: 09/01/20

Thanksgiving + Big Bear Lake = Good Times

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

Let's Talk Turkey
Many Big Bear restaurants serve up traditional Thanksgiving dinners complete with tender turkey, cranberry sauce, savory stuffing, and pumpkin pie. 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.

Before The Feast
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 3-mile route or challenge yourself with the 6-mile or 9-mile runs. All routes are on level terrain.

Family smiles in front of the camera for the Turkey Trot

Take A Hike
Take the whole family to enjoy a morning hike in the forest. Hiking Trails in Big Bear offer something for everyone, from paved paths along the lake to challenging hikes with spectacular views.

Not Black Friday

Avoid the holiday crowds and check out The Village shops where you’ll find unique gifts and chic mountain clothing. Pick up the latest winter sports gear you won't find off the mountain. Stop by local grub hubs 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 Ceremony is an absolute must see! Bundle up for this festive night as carolers stroll through The Village spreading holiday cheer and good tidings.

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!

Big Bear Snow Play

Outdoor Adventure Tours
Big Bear Jeep 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.

More Mountain Fun
Get to know fun for the whole family. Go horseback riding or visit the petting zoo at Baldwin Lake Stables.

Horseback tours in Big Bear

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

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!

A family arrives to their cabin in the snow

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