With its dramatic mountain landscapes and fragrant pine trees, Big Bear is the perfect setting for the holidays. The city comes alive with festive events, and there are excellent outdoor activities nearby. This picturesque backdrop will get you into the holiday spirit in no time. Keep reading to find out why you should have a Big Bear Christmas this year. And, if you’re looking for more things to do while here, download our complimentary Vacation Guide, which is filled with local recommendations for all the best activities in the area.
Does it Snow in Big Bear in December?
This is the question that is likely on the forefront of holiday traveler’s minds. The snowfall history of Big Bear shows that it there is a possibility for a white Christmas, but not a guarantee. December through April is typically when it snows in Big Bear, but the amounts vary from year to year.
However, this does not mean there won’t be any snow at all. In the event that snow doesn’t fall naturally, you can still experience it. The ski areas and snow parks produce steady amounts of snow for winter activities. Their proximity to Big Bear Lake makes this easier as it supplies enough water for the resorts and snow parks to cover 100% of their runs in blankets of snow that reach from up to three or five feet.
Things to Do in Big Bear at Christmas
Winter Outdoor Activities
Christmas is a wonderful time to explore the great outdoors in Big Bear. If it does snow, trek through the wilderness on snowshoes or a pair of cross-country skis. If it doesn’t, don’t worry! You can still enjoy the snow at one of the surrounding resorts or snow parks.
At Big Bear Snow Play, you can fly down a long, sloped hill on a smooth inner tube. Come at night for a thrilling nighttime ride during glow tubing! At Big Bear Alpine Slide, you can enjoy an authentic, high-speed bobsledding experience.
Snow Summit and Bear Mountain are the two branches of Big Bear Mountain Resort. If you’re looking to go skiing or snowboarding, this is the place for it. Between the two ski resorts, you’ll have over 50 runs to choose from and multiple terrain parks to challenge you.
Christmas Holiday Events
During the holiday season, Big Bear transforms into a festive place with plenty of events.
You’ll want to be sure to attend Christmas in the Village with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be at the Christmas tree lot in the Village on the 23rd and 24th. You can also catch Santa at Snow Summit from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. on the 23rd.
Head over to Bear Valley Farms for Santa’s Hayride to the North Pole. The farm transforms into a sparkling winter wonderland complete with beautiful Christmas lights, hot cocoa, elves, angels, and more! This event starts November 24th and happens every Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. until Christmas Eve.
To see which local businesses are open on Christmas Day, check the Visitors Bureau’s website.
Spend Christmas Day in a Big Bear Lakefront Cabin
There’s nothing quite like waking up in a cozy cabin on Christmas morning. If you’re in search for a Big Bear Christmas cabin rental, look no further! Big Bear Lakefront Cabins has plenty of luxury rentals close to all the top attractions. In fact, most activities are within minutes of our cabins.
Our Snowmass Haven is the perfect place to celebrate Christmas with your family. It sleeps up to 12 people, so it is nice and spacious. Cook a hearty breakfast in an updated kitchen. Return to your cabin after snowy activities and warm up by drinking a cup of hot cocoa in front of a crackling fireplace. Or, you can relax in the steaming hot tub on the deck as you look out on the views of the deep green alpine trees around you.
Browse all our cabins today and find the right one for your Christmas vacation in Big Bear Lake!