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Christmas Holiday Weekend Events

2018 Big Bear Lake Christmas and New Years events, tours and activities

Big Bear Lake is the place for holiday cheer, enjoy a full range of activities throughout the holidays to keep spirits bright.

Big Bear Lake does the holiday season right for those young and young at heart. After all, the destination is the winter wonderland escape for Southern California and beyond! With the first snow touching the ground in Big Bear Lake before December this year, it should be a magical holiday escape. Enjoy zipline tours, snow tubing, skiing and snowboarding, helicopter rides and much more family fun on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s. Don’t forget to book your trip soon or take advantage of our lift and lodging packages


Santa Sightings

Catch the man in the red suit at the following locations:

Santa at Snow Summit and Movies in the Meadow

Catch Santa at Snow Summit Dec. 22 noon to 3 p.m., and don't miss the a free Polar Express showing from 4:45 to 6:45. Dress warm and bring camp chairs

Santa in the Village

Head over to the Village to see Santa and Mrs. Clause 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 22 & 23. Browse through the Village shops for some special last-minute Christmas gifts.

Winter Wonderland at Merry Valley Farms

See Santa in his workshop and take a moonlight hay ride through twinkling light displays 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 21 & 22. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase. Entry is $15.

Big Bear Snow Play and the Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain

Santa will be at Big Bear Snow Play 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 22 and at Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Action Zipline Tours: 909.866.0390 / Christmas Eve, tours start at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. & Christmas Day 11:00 and 1:00 only. New Year’s Day tours are 9, 11, and 1:00pm. Segway tours are available all times on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Snowshoeing and Segway tours based on weather permitting.

Alpine Slide: 909.866.4626-7 / Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Christmas Day, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (weather permitting) December 14, through January 5th, 2019 night sessions from 5 to 9:00pm. New Year’s Day open from 9 to 5:00pm.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure: Open Christmas Eve & Christmas Day and New Year’s.  Available 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset. This smartphone guided interactive scavenger hunt adventure in The Village is perfect for families and friends. Sign up online at

Big Bear Snow Play: 909.585.0075 / Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Christmas Day, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., New Years’ Day 10 to 4:00pm.

Bear Mountain Ski Resort: 844.go2.bear / Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, 8:30a.m. - 4 pm.

Big Bear Discovery Center: 909.382.2790 / Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Closed

The Bowling Barn: 909.878.2695 / Christmas Eve 10 to 5:00 Christmas Day 12 to 10:30 pm

Goldsmith's Board House: 909.866.2728 / Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and New Year’s, 7 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Helicopter Big Bear: 909.585.1200 / Christmas Eve & Christmas Day and New Year’s open, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Mountain Room Escapes: 877.584.6427 / Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Open, 2:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Snow Summit: 844.go2.bear / Christmas Eve, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Christmas Day 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. New Year’s Day 8:30 to 4:00pm


Himalayan Restaurant
(909) 866-2907
Location: 672 Pine Knot Ave #2 (Village Area)
Cuisine Type: Nepalese/Indian
Hours: 11am-9pm Regular Menu

Captain's Anchorage
(909) 866-3997
Location: 42148 Moonridge Way
Cuisine Type: Steak/Seafood
Hours: 4:30PM- 9PM (weekend and New Year’s Eve 4:30 pm-10:00pm) Regular Menu

Nottinghams Restaurant
(909) 866-4644 Location: 40797 Big Bear Blvd. (in Village Area)
Cuisine Type: American/Steak/Seafood
Hours: 1pm-8pm Christmas Day Special Menu

Royal Thai Café
(909) 866-2808
Location: 40766 Village Dr.
Cuisine Type: Thai
Hours: 11am- 9pm Regular menu

Masala Craft - Indian Cuisine
(909) 273-0636
Location: 40760 Village Drive
Cuisine Type: Indian
Hours: 11 am- 9 pm Regular Menu

(909) 866-7887
Location: 40989 Big Bear Blvd.
Cuisine Type: Chinese
Hours: 11am 9pm Regular Menu 

A Gourmet Personal Chef
Personal chef means personal service - A taste of excellence.
Available Christmas Day

The Pines Lakefront
(909) 866-5400
Location: 350 Alden Road
Cuisine Type: American/Seafood/Steaks/Game/Vegetarian
Hours: 12pm-7pm Special Christmas Menu and Regular Menu

New Year's Eve Parties:

The Cave

Celebrate the New Year with a champagne toast, a photo booth and party favors (for the first 100.) Doors open at 9 p.m., the event is ages 21 and over.

Nottinghams Tavern
Dress up a a notorious celebrity at Nottingham's Tavern. Tickets includes admission, reserved table, party favors, live music with IZOD EDEN Dancing & a Champagne Toast at midnight. 21 & over only for this event. Tickets are $36.

Big Bear Convention Center - Wyatt's New Year's Eve Party

Wyatt's Grill and Saloon hosts a New Year's Eve family-friendly party with a live band, children's activities, free shuttle service and a complimentary champagne toast. Food includes a special menu of entrees, children's meals, appetizers and desserts. Limited seating reservations are available with pre-purchased tickets.

Snow Summit Torchlight Parade & Party

More than 200 skies and snowboarders light up the night as they make their way down the face of the mountain with torches to create a spectacle of light.

Snow Summit hosts the 54th annual Torchlight Parade and New Year's Eve party in the base area. Featuring kids activities and a live performance by Digital Underground. Admission to the parade views area and New Year's Eve party is free and open to all ages. 


Team Kodiak presents a New Year's Eve event like none other. Enjoy the outdoors and celebrate with a hike up and down Sugarloaf Mountain during the Toast to the Loaf. This family-friendly event offers three distances (5k, 10k and 11.8 miles) to hike through a festively lit course, followed by a party with music, adult beverages, hot cocoa and more.

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