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Christmas Holiday Weekend Events

Things to Do & Dining Options During Christmas Weekend

If you really want to add sparkle to your holiday season there is no better place in Southern California than Big Bear Lake. From Christmas to New Years the cozy mountain town transforms into a magical place of yuletide cheer! Tis' the season to book your lodging reservations, whether it's your first Christmas or New Year's in the mountains, or if you're a frequent visitor that has made Big Bear Lake a holiday tradition.


Action Zipline Tours: Christmas Eve, tours start at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. & Christmas Day tours start at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Zipline with Santa at 9am on December 22, 23, and 24th

Action Segway Tours: Segway & Zipline all times available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Snowshoe is weather permitting.

Alpine Slide: Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Christmas Day, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (weather permitting)

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure: Open Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.  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: Christmas Eve, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Christmas Day, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. (weather permitting)

Bear Mountain Ski Resort: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, 9 a.m. - 4 pm.***Hours subject to change depending on weather.

Big Bear Discovery Center: Hours TBD

Big Bear Funplex: Open Christmas Eve & Day, call for  hours of operation (909) 866-3866

The Bowling Barn: Open 365 days a year

Goldsmith's Board House: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 7 a.m - 10 p.m. ***subject to nigh skiing operations

Helicopter Big Bear: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Open, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Call for reservations (909) 585-1200.

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

Snow Summit: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, Day Session 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Night Session 3 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. (weekends and holidays; weather permitting).  ***Hours subject to change

Featured Restaurants Open on Christmas Day:

  • Nottinghams Restaurant Open 1 p.m.- 9 p.m.

  • Himalayan Restaurant Open 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.

  • Dynasty Open regular hours and menu 11:30-9 p.m.

  • Royal Thai Cafe Open 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.

  • The Pines Lakefront Open until 5:30 p.m., regular menu

  • Masala Craft Open 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

  • Featured Events this Christmas Holiday Weekend:

  • Christmas in the Village with Santa & Mrs. Claus

    Visit Santa and Mrs Claus at the Christmas Tree Lot in the Village at the Corner of Pine Knot Blvd and Village.
    Date: 12/23/17 & 12/24/17
    Time: 10:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Christmas Tree Lot in the Village located on the corner of Pine Knot Blvd and  Village Dr.
    Phone: 1-800-424-4232

  • Santa Comes to Snow Summit

    Come get your photo taken with Santa in our Basecamp from noon to three o'clock. Admission is free and open to everyone.
    Date: 12/23/17
    Time: 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Location: Snow Summit at 880 Summit Blvd.
    Phone: 844-462-2327

  • Winter Kick Off Party: Warren Miller's "Line of Descent" at the Cave

    The lineage of mountain lifestyle continues in Warren Miller Entertainment 68th full-length feature film, Line of Descent. In this year’s film, WME travels the globe, by land, air, and sea, exploring the ties that bind ski culture.In Squaw Valley and Jackson Hole, WME visits skiing icons who have made the mountains their home and raised mini Moes and Moseleys of their own
    Date: 12/22/17
    Time: 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Location: The Cave at 40789 Village Dr.
    Phone: (909) 878-0204

  • "Running Down a Dream" The Pettybreaker's Tribute to the Late Tom Petty

    The PettyBreakers are the nation’s premier “Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers” tribute act. The PettyBreakers accurately recreate the sights, sounds and concert experience of a Tom Petty concert. All the classics… American Girl…Break Down… Free Fallin’… Mary Jane’s Last Dance…Refugee… Runnin’ Down a Dream… and so many more…
    Date: 12/23/17
    Time: 6:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
    Location: The Cave at 40789 Village Dr.
    Phone: 909-878-0204

  • Santa's Hayride to the North Pole

    Every Friday and Saturday evening from 4pm to 8pm at Bear Valley Farms, we are hosting Santa's Hayride to the North Pole. Come and witness our thousands of beautiful Christmas lights and wonderful decorations, including reindeer, angels, giant snowmen, teddy bears that give hugs, nutcrackers and much more!
    Date: 12/22/17 & 12/23/17
    Times: 4:00, 4:45, 5:30 p.m.
    Location: 1601 E Big Bear Blvd
    Phone: 909-585-9397

  • Winemakers Dinner at the Black Kat

    Join us at the Black Kat for their Pahlmeyer Winemaker's Dinner. The menu is currently be handcrafted making this an event you won't want to miss! Be sure to reserve your seat today! Call or visit website for more details and to reserve a seat.
    Date: 12/20/17
    Times: 6:30 p.m - 11:00 p.m..
    Location: The Black Kat at 560 Pine Knot
    Phone: 909-878-0401

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