It’s only October, but now’s the time to start planning your Christmas vacation! After all, the folks over at Bear Mountain are already talking about opening day. It’s usually falls in late November, but last year they managed to open on October 30th, so keep your fingers crossed.
Either way, November marks the beginning of Big Bear’s festive season. From carolers and hot chocolate to Mr. and Mrs. Claus, it’s all happening just minutes away from Cienaga Creek Ranch.
Here’s a taste of Big Bear’s holiday events:
Santa’s Grand Entrance and the Tree Lighting Ceremony- Friday, Nov. 26 @ 4:30pm
Head down to the corner of Village Dr. and Pine Knot Ave. to kick off the holiday season with carolers, live entertainment, hot chocolate and Santa, who’ll be making his grand entrance on Old Red, an antique fire truck. From 6:30 PM until 9 PM, kids can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Santa House. The Village’s shops and restaurants will be open all evening.
Mountain Christmas Boutique- November 26 to November 28
Each year, over 60 vendors from all over the Western United States gather in the Big Bear Lake Convention Center. If you’re looking for a handmade, one of a kind gift, look no further! Doors are open Friday and Saturday from 10-5 and Sunday from 10-3. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and children 12 and under are free. A 2-for-1 admission coupon is available for download at:
Bear Valley Tour of Lights
Each weekend in December, the Bear Valley Tour of Lights takes visitors on a journey through decorated homes in Big Bear. A map of the lights will be published in the Big Bear Grizzly.
New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade- Snow Summit @ 7pm
What better way to ring in the new year than a gorgeous light display? Every New Year’s Eve, crowds gather to watch hundreds of skiers and snowboarder carry torches while weaving their way down Snow Summit. This spectacular display is followed by parties, live entertainment and fireworks.