How to Have a Fantastic Thanksgiving at Big Bear Lake

Though the holidays are seen as a time for people to relax and spend time with their families, sometimes the preparations ensure that the holidays are instead stressful. Make your holiday a true vacation this year by escaping to Big Bear for Thanksgiving. If you are curious about what there is to do in the area, download our complimentary Vacation Guide! You’ll gain instant access to local recommendations for outdoor activities, festivals, and more.

Thanksgiving in Big Bear

Big Bear Lake is a lovely town no matter the time of year. However, November is a particularly nice time to visit. The air is crisp and fresh, and if you’re lucky, it just might snow. The Village makes for an especially picturesque backdrop, as does Big Bear Lake and the surrounding mountains.

Out on the Town

There are several ways to enjoy Thanksgiving in Big Bear, whether you’re looking to have a low-key dinner and stay indoors or explore the festivities in Big Bear Lake. Below, you’ll find some of the ways you can spend your time on Thanksgiving Day.

Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Events

If you aren’t spending the day preparing an elaborate feast, consider venturing out into Big Bear to take part in the Thanksgiving morning activities.

Work up an appetite at the Big Bear Turkey Trot while supporting good causes. The Turkey Trot is a series of races complete with costumes and prizes. Even if you don’t participate, attending this event is a good way to get into the holiday spirit! This event takes place at Meadow Park from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

If you’d rather take it easy, you can cruise around Big Bear Lake on Miss Liberty! Enjoy the views of Big Bear in the fall while you are shielded from the elements in the fully heated lower deck. This cruise departs from the Pine Knot Marina at 10:00 a.m. and returns at 11:30 a.m.

Stay In

Spend time with family or friends and cook your Thanksgiving dinner in a Big Bear Lakefront Cabin. Our cabins have spacious kitchens and dining areas that can comfortably accommodate large groups. Pick up your ingredients from a local grocery store and then spend the day in your cozy mountain retreat.view of summit chalet cabin interior

With our Summit Chalet cabin, you can curl up in front of a fireplace or lounge on the large deck as the mouthwatering smells of Thanksgiving dinner begin to waft through the cabin. If you do decide to go out, this cabin is less than a mile from Big Bear Lake and the Village. Once you’ve finished your feast, relax in the hot tub and enjoy the views of the great outdoors.

This is just one of the many luxury cabins available from Big Bear Lakefront Cabins. Be sure to browse all our cabin rentals before you book your Thanksgiving vacation in Big Bear Lake!