Holidays in Big Bear Lake are a must, with winter snowfall making the season all the more special. Take advantage of lodging specials and let our local businesses help with holiday shopping and seasonal savings.

Events & Activities

Holiday Inspired Events

Visit Santa & Mrs. Claus

Say hello to Santa & Mrs. Claus every Saturday and Sunday in The Village at Christmas Tree Corner. The holiday duo will be available for pictures from 10 AM - 4 PM each weekend until December 19. Christmas Tree Corner is located at the corner of Village Dr and Pineknot Ave.

Barrel 33 Paint & Sip

Sip on wine while you get into the holiday spirit painting Enchanted Ornaments at Barrel 33 on Dec. 10 from 6-8 PM. $45 includes all materials and your first glass of wine. 21+ years only.

Grateful Heart Christmas Festival Fundraiser

Celebrate the Christmas Season with the Grateful Heart Animal Sanctuary while helping to raise funds to feed and provide care for the Sanctuary's rescues! Fun includes holiday music, decorations, pictures with Santa, hayrides and much more! Event is Dec 18 & 19 from 11 am - 3 pm. Receive address upon reservation of tickets HERE.


Head to Christkindlmarkt and celebrate the holidays with some long-standing German traditions. Think Oktoberfest but for the holidays! Feast on bratwurst, German pancakes, and Gluhwein, sing along and dance with the Die Sauerkrauts, and enjoy a special performance by Big Bear's 2022 Carnegie Kids and the Unaccompanied Minors.

Families can take photos with Christkindl - the German Christmas fairy - and of course St. Nick himself. Hang a wish on the "Wishing Tree" and shop gifts, ornaments, and other decor. Christkindlmarkt opens Saturday, December 18 from 2 PM - 9 PM AND Sunday, December 19 from 12 PM - 6 PM.

Admission on Saturday is $9 for adults, $6 for seniors (65+), and $4 for children (13 and under). Admission on Sunday is $6 for adults, $5for seniors (65+), and $3 for children (13 and under). Christkindlmarkt is located at the Convention Center at Big Bear Lake at 42900 Big Bear Blvd. (909) 585-3000

Barrel 33 Christmas Market

Join Barrel 33 on their back patio for a sip n' shop event with vendors and Gluhwein! Enjoy 15% off a warm Gluhwein while you browse boutique items from Makaylas, Scotts Pots, Del Lago's, The Sojourners Wares, and Button & Brim. Get ahead on your holiday shopping! Dec. 5 from 11 AM - 3 PM

Holiday Caroling & Cocoa at Chirp

On Dec 5th from 5 pm to 6 pm, Chirp Nature Center is welcoming the winter season with a free Holiday Caroling and hot cocoa event in Chirp’s Backyard. At 5 pm, family and friends are encouraged to gather, sip cocoa, and shop Chirp’s nature-themed gifts. At 5:30 pm, sing-a-long with the Mountain Marvelettes and embrace the season!

Winter Adventure

Jingle Gems & Geodes!

Gold Rush Mining Co is hosting their Jingle Gems and Geodes event all December long with winter themed mining games. Pan for gold under an icicle canopy, crack open snowball geodes, enjoy 'snow fall' everyday, receive free holiday coloring pages, pen a letter to Santa and drop it in our North Pole mailbox. This unique, immersive and interactive attraction and gift store is not to be missed!

Big Bear Mountain Resorts
Both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski resorts are open through the Christmas holiday. Reserve your tickets, and or lessons, and spend your holiday season tearing it up on the slopes!

Snow Tubing

Not into skiing or riding? Enjoy the snowy slopes on a snow tube at three locations in Big Bear! Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain and Big Bear Snow Play are open daily from 10 AM - 4 PM. Nighttime Glow Tubing will begin at both locations Nov. 29.

Year-Round Adventure Tours
Book off-roading Jeep tours, zipline and Segway tours, snowshoe tours, horseback tours, and helicopter tours 365 days a year! Book your adventure before they fill up and be ready to feel a real rush!

Restaurants Open Christmas Day

Stillwell's Restaurant

Make reservations for Christmas Day Dinner at 909-866-3121. Stillwell's is located in The Lodge at Big Bear Lake, a Holiday Inn Resort at 40650 Village Dr.

Barnstorm Restaurant

Open 7 AM - 1 PM located at 501 W Valley Blvd.

As most restaurants will be closed in observance of Christmas, we encourage you to call businesses before Christmas Day to ask for hours.

Shopping Specials

Earth's Elements

Shop stones, crystals, incense and valuable gifts from Mother Nature to support healing and balance of mind, body, and spirit. Take a journey into the realm of self care, consciousness, and spiritual strengthening from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas and enjoy 20-50% off select items.

560 Pine Knot Ave 909-878-0433

Yarn Designers Boutique

Your local yarn and craft store is featuring Christmas holiday decor and crafts. See it all on their website at

Lodging Specials

Destination Big Bear

Be the very first booking on a listing within the entire Month and receive 20% off. Destination Big Bear will reward the first booking of the month for selected cabins. The calendar cannot have any bookings within the Month to qualify Please reply to this email and our booking agents are ready to help you find your perfect Big Bear Getaway. Ask about how you can receive 1 FREE -Ski or Snowboard rental. Learn More when you Call 909-752-0234

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