Thanksgiving in Big Bear Lake

Celebrate and give thanks in Big Bear Lake, Southern California's winter wonderland.

This holiday season, escape to the mountains to give thanks with friends and family. Big Bear Lake offers an unmatched combination of natural beauty, outdoor activities, and a cozy mountain atmosphere that makes any holiday truly special.

Each year, Big Bear hosts a variety of Thanksgiving and holiday themed events. Join in the annual traditions or carve out your own and explore the great outdoors. From extensive forest trails, to guided tours, bike rentals, and easy neighborhood strolls, there are numerous ways to enjoy Big Bear Lake this Thanksgiving!


Thanksgiving Events in Big Bear Lake

2023 Big Bear Turkey Trot - Work up an appetite this Thanksgiving during the annual Turkey Trot. Walk, jog, or waddle like a turkey on the 3, 6, or 9-mile courses starting from Meadow Park. The Big Bear Turkey Trot benefits local food pantries.

Mountain Christmas Boutique - Get some Christmas shopping in at the Mountain Christmas Boutique arts and crafts event. Browse one of kind gifts from over 40 vendors and bring the kids to meet Santa and enjoy arts and crafts. Happening Nov 24-26 at the Big Bear Lake Convention Center.

The Village Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - Occurring earlier than usual, the annual Christmas Tree Lighting is scheduled for Nov. 24 at 5 PM at Christmas Tree Corner at the intersection of Village Drive and Pineknot Ave. Tree lighting begins at 6:15 PM, so be ready to ring in the holiday season.

Holiday Shopping

Mountain Christmas Boutique - Join in the Thanksgiving holiday tradition that's been bringing Christmas spirit to the community for 35 years! This year's Mountain Christmas Boutique is featuring 40+ vendors, visits with Santa, and arts & crafts for the kids. Dates are Nov 24-26, 2022. Located at 42900 Big Bear Blvd. 909 585-3000.

All Little Cute Things - Time for tea! Big Bear's online retailer is all about tea wares, cookbooks, sweets, and - of course - a wide variety of tea. Shop themed tea sets like Schitt's Creek, Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, and seasonal sets. Browse the book selections and explore delicious bites like macarons, biscuits, jams, and more imported from England, Italy, and France.

Goldsmith's Sports - Bundle up for winter in the finest mountain fashion! Goldsmith's Sports carries a variety of wintertime apparel from warm, waterproof wear to casual and higher end styles. Browse skis, snowboards, and other winter sporting equipment or drop your equipment off for a tune up. Located at 42071 Big Bear Blvd. 909-866-2728.

The Village - Big Bear's downtown hub has got gift shops, art galleries, restaurants, and entertainment galore. Do a little holiday shopping for home decor, souvenirs, candy and craft food items, music and instruments, gag gifts, and so much more.

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Thanksgiving Recreation

Snow Tubing - The Alpine Slide and Big Bear Snowplay is open daily for snow tubing. Visit their website for hours and pricing info.

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Winter Season Resources

Big Bear Lake at Thanksgiving is beautiful but the late fall season can mean frosty temperatures and snow. Enjoying the winter weather means diving into skiing, sledding, and snowshoeing but requires planning. Use our winter weather resources to plan for safe travel, manage traffic and road conditions, coordinate travel with favorable weather, and have a backup plan ready.