Family smiles in front of the camera for the Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving Holiday Events

Posted: 11/01/13 | By Tina Hauer

Big Bear had the earliest snowfall in history this year! We are hoping to have a white Thanksgiving, so here's an early list of Thanksgiving Holiday Events.

Big Bear celebrates the Thanksgiving Holiday in a Big Way!

Big Bear has had the earliest snowfall in history this year and already had its second of the season! We are hoping it will be a white Thanksgiving and so I thought it would be fitting to put together a list of things Thanksgiving Holiday Events earlier than previously. The mountains provide families a unique place to celebrate one of my favorite holidays. Many vacation home rentals or cabins offer a kitchen or you can hire a private chef to cook your family dinner and then wake up for an early run on the slopes tying in the best of both worlds in my family; food and skiing/riding. Skiing and snowboarding, tubing and sledding are popular winter activities everyone enjoys during their vacation, but there are also plenty of events to attend too!

CANCELLED!!! Thanksgiving Day Trot - 3, 6, 9 mile run

The first annual Big Bear Thanksgiving Turkey Trot is a fun family event. Come burn off calories before the big meal with prizes, actual turkeys for dinner at your cabin, and even a Pie Eating Contest! The Big Bear Turkey Trot has 3 race distances 3, 6, and 9 miles and registrants are encouraged to dress-up in costumes, either turkeys or bears. The family friendly event is the perfect start to Thanksgiving Day and will prove to be a tradition for Big Bear locals and visitors.

Date: Thanksgiving Day


Annual Tree Lighting Grand Ceremony and Santa's Big Entrance

This year the Big Bear Village lights up the holiday season with live entertainment, carolers, and Santa. The Village improvements will make this year even more spectacular with new lighting, fire pits, heated sidewalks, sitting areas and more. It is truly a magical experience and your children can come read their Christmas wishes to Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Date: Weekend following Thanksgiving

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Come Visit Santa in the Village

Santa will make an appearance every weekend for good girls and boys. Stop by Santa's House at the Christmas Tree Lot on the corner of Pine Knot Ave and Village Dr. to meet Santa, take pictures, and give him your Christmas list.

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, November & December following the Grand Ceremony

Location: Christmas Tree Lot in the Village, corner of Pine Knot Ave and Village Dr.

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