The Village Christmas Tree lit up for the holidays

Planning For The Upcoming Winter Holiday Season

Posted: 10/19/15 | By Tina Hauer

Now is the time to start planning your winter holiday break and from Oct. 19- 30, you can now reserve your holiday lodging with only a $50 deposit.

holiday season in Big Bear village

With there being only two months left before the upcoming winter holiday season it made me start to think of planning for the winter break. Vacation planning for either a short or long trip, with a large or small family, can be a vacationer's greatest fear or biggest feat of the year. Traveling has been made more and more adaptable to schedules, websites, learning curves and precious time for the everyday or short-stay travelling man or woman but, when it comes time for a family trip to Big Bear this holiday season we know that getting a head start early allows for better lodging options to fit your needs. With your lodging out of the way, questions such as where to eat, stay or even have fun - they tend to bubble up to the surface and bring with it a truckload of questions and good intentions.

Big Bear Lake is THE premiere winter destination! Home to not just one but two popular full service ski resorts (now under new ownership by Mammoth Mountain) you will have the chance to soar down a snow-filled run like never before! Featuring it all, from bunny slopes to black diamond runs, you and your entire group can ride or ski for a weekend, a holiday or for even a day to experience two of the best resorts in skiing and snowboarding circles. With el niño expected this year to bring more wet weather than in recent years to Big Bear Lake, you don't want to miss the opportunity to ski or board in the best conditions in years.

From October 19th through October 30th the Big Bear Visitors Bureau will be offering one super sweet deal: Secure your holiday lodging for a small deposit of only $50. You pay the rest 30 days before arrival making it easy to secure your lodging during the sold-out holiday break! This is the first time the Visitors Bureau has offered guests to only pay a small deposit to hold a reservation especially during the holiday season! Just visit for all the details and to search through a variety of lodging options. Finding an appropriate lodge, cabin or hotel can be stressful this time of year as you try and get things done - simplify your time spent and call 1-800-424-4232 today to speak to local, qualified vacation specialists in the Big Bear Valley. You'll want to check a few items off your vacation wish list such as location (near the slopes or by downtown), access to parking, close to areas of interest among other local tips you can only get by calling the toll free number provided.

Big Bear Lake is a quaint town, so where you stay will be a short trip to almost anywhere from the slopes and snowplay to the nearest grocery store (there are two major chain locations) in town! Taking advantage of early bookings for lodging increases your chances of securing a more decent location, lower prices and even better yet - less stress - from the various questions your family or loved ones are bound to have. With all the free time from the planning stages of going up to Big Bear Lake done and done you'll have more time to think about the real planning... such as planning for the holidays!

The Park at Bear Mountain

Big Bear Lake is frequented the most during the winter season, between the months of December-February, and have a high expectation to meet thousands of tourists daily at the two local ski resorts - Snow Summit and Bear Mountain - but they also have a high expectation to bring out the best cheer during the holidays. There is something magical about visiting Big Bear during the winter holiday season - it may be the gently but beautifully decorated downtown village with its warm fire pits and well lit store fronts, or perhaps the music played throughout, or even the smile on everyone's faces at each store or pub you go into... there is something special about spending your holiday break taking in the crisp mountain air and gazing at the tall pines located at every turn in the bend.

Big Bear Lake doesn't just offer skiing and snowboarding during the winter months, there is fishing, hiking, mining for gold, sledding, off-roading and tobogganing and even zip line tours. One of my favorite vacation experiences yet was horseback riding in the snow! It's a unique experience you can't find in any Southern California neighborhood. So whether you want to hit the slopes or enjoy one of our winter activities or learn the true meaning of "R&R" if you decide you just want a massage or a new dining experience... you'll find that there is something for everyone.

There's a reason why you should plan your holiday in Big Bear Lake, and for most people it will be the rare opportunity to possibly see snow for the first time, or the magic of sledding down a hill with your child, or even sipping hot coffee beside a towering furnace, everyone has their own special Big Bear Memories and I hope you return again and again each year to keep spreading the cheer around.