Looking Forward to the Holidays – What to do at Big Bear Lake

Confetti Photo courtesy of Andy Graulund via Flickr
Are you going to be here for the end of the year celebrations?

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now behind us, and we can look forward to the holidays. There is going to be a flurry of activity at Big Bear Lake this weekend as the skiers and snowboarders start to enjoy the mountain, winter hikers explore the trails in a whole new way, and The Village continues to stay busy with warm holiday festivities. There are plenty of holiday and outdoor activities happening at Big Bear Lake toward the end of the year, and we have all of the information for you to explore!

Big Bear Lake Weather

Tuesday, November 27 – High 57°, Low 25°
Wednesday, November 28 – High 54°, Low 28°
Thursday, November 29 – High 52°, Low 26°
Friday, November 30 – High 55°, Low 25°
Saturday, December 1  – High 57°, Low 25°
Sunday, December 2 – High 56°, Low 25°
Monday, December 3 – High 56°, Low 27°

Winter Wonderland in Big Bear

Come up early and explore some of the winter goodness that Big Bear Lake has to offer before the big holidays! Santa Claus will be in The Village right up to December 23, when he has to head back north to put some finishing touches on the Christmas festivities. While you are there, you can search through the local shops for handmade, original gifts, or eat at any of the outstanding restaurants. The Big Bear Discovery Center will be having some story time on December 22, featuring the book First Snow in the Woods by Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick. You can even get out into the woods yourself and see some of the winter wildlife on the mountain during the Discovery Center’s guided snowshoe tours. Enjoy the mountain and finish up your holiday shopping all in one weekend!

Christmas Classics at Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is considered one of the greatest films to come out of Hollywood, and it has been a staple in many families for decades. From December 20 through December 23, you will have an opportunity to experience the show through fresh ears as the movie is performed as a vintage radio broadcast. You will be mesmerized by original radio-style jingles, hear old police sirens, and listen the actors deliver their lives as if they were talking over the radio. It is something that the whole family can enjoy, presented at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center. There will be evening performances at 7:30 p.m. Dec 20-22 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 23. Just in time for some angels to get their wings for Christmas!

Shindigs on Snow Summit and Bear Mountain

There will be plenty of skiing and snowboarding opportunities to get your New Year moving in the right direction! December 30th is the 3rd Annual Chuck Allen Memorial Snake Run, a chance to celebrate the man who helped get snowboarding off the ground in the way he’d want to celebrate it. There will drawings, prizes, music, and everyone joining together at the end of the day for one last run. You can take a little time to rest, then head back to the slopes on December 31st for Snow Summit’s New Year’s Eve. They will be having their annual parade at 7 PM, and then a night of fun until 2013 shows up.  Bear Mountain will also be having their celebration to bring in the New Year, starting at 9 PM. It will have live music, food, and an energetic atmosphere to warm everyone after a long day on the slopes.

That is just a slice of everything going on in Big Bear. Most of the restaurants and bars will be offering special events during the season and the Copper Q will continue its cooking classes. Our rooms fill up fast when Old Man Winter visits, so you want to put your reservations in as soon as you can. All we are asking for the holidays is great snow to ski on, and to see our friends before the year is over.


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