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Thanksgiving In Big Bear

Thanksgiving At Big Bear Lake

Are you looking to make new family traditions during your Thanksgiving holiday?

Big Bear is the perfect place to do it!

Not only can you play in the snow together, but there are also lots of other activities to experience with the whole family.

Big Bear Turkey Trot

Taking place for the third year in a row on Thanksgiving morning at Meadow Park, the Big Bear Turkey Trot is a family friendly event.

You can participate in one of three races that are three, six, or nine miles long. And if you choose the three mile race, you will be able to participate in a yoga warm-up before the race even starts.

The first 400 people to sign up for the races will even receive a t-shirt and a medal! But, be sure to register before the day of the race in order to guarantee your spot!

There is also a pie eating contest, and a costume contest where the winners will be awarded with turkeys, cupcakes, or pies.

The proceeds from the event go to local food pantries and athletic organizations

Take advantage of Black Friday

While many people will go to the malls on Black Friday to buy their holiday gifts, doing your shopping in Big Bear village is the way to go.

You can browse the various boutiques and pick up special gifts for your family and friends; or you can go to the Mountain Christmas Boutique at the Big Bear Convention Center, which is actually a huge arts and crafts show that features more than fifty vendors offering up treats and gifts.

In addition to shopping, kids can visit Santa and make arts and crafts projects of their own.

The boutique takes on place on Friday and Saturday, and is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tree lighting ceremony and a visit with Santa

The tree lighting ceremony happens in Big Bear Village on Friday night.

Hosted by the Big Bear Fire Department, the event is free to attend.

The city’s tree will be unveiled, giving all attendees to enjoy the tradition of watching the lights be turned on. And once the tree is finally lit, children can go visit Santa Claus and get their Christmas lists read.

Hot cider and coffee are handed out, and you are even encouraged to bring a plate of your favorite cookies to share with everyone.

Take a tour on the Miss Liberty boat

Able to seat a maximum of 125 people, a cruise on the Miss Liberty during Thanksgiving is both fun and memorable.

For ninety minutes you will be taken around the lake in the crisp fall air, able to enjoy a narrated tour.

You will learn about the history of Big Bear as far back as 1845, as well as discover where celebrity sightings have been.

And while it may be cold outside, the lower deck of the boat is completely heated.

Eat at one of the many restaurants

There are several restaurants open on Thanksgiving day, ready to serve you a traditional feast.

But, you don’t have to wait until dinnertime to get your fill of delicious food!

Restaurants such as Stillwells serve up a Thanksgiving brunch buffet where there is a carving station, and omelet bar, a station for waffles or pasta, and lots of desserts to choose from.

Or opt for a less traditional Thanksgiving meal by going to Dynasty Restaurant, where you can choose from Peking duck or order beef and shrimp dishes.

But if you want a traditional holiday dinner, you can eat at Peppercorn Grille – where their regular dinner menu is also available.


You can’t go wrong when spending Thanksgiving in Big Bear.

Make Big Bear a part of your holiday tradition and book a cabin with us today!