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A few notes and reminders for residents and visitors to Big Bear for the Winter Season.

Leaves are continuing to fall, but winter is quietly knocking at our door. While temperatures are dropping our beautiful mountain home still offers a wide array of activities to keep you busy while you await Santa’s arrival and the welcoming of 2017. Please keep in mind that during the winter months, snow conditions will sometimes be in effect. The City provides a useful Snow Removal Guide for any inquiries you may have at

A small sampling of activities and events are provided below and a full list is contained on our local website:

  • Winter Sports: Skiers and snowboarders of all skill sets have access to more than 30 runs between Snow Summit Ski Resort and Bear Mountain Resort, planned opening day for Snow Summit is November 18 and at Bear Mountain November 24 – weather permitting; Big Bear also offers two exciting full service family friendly snow play hills with Big Bear Snow Play and Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain, weather permitting, both locations are targeting late November openings.

  • Run or Walk & the Big Bear Discovery Center: Get in some activity before enjoying a delicious Thanksgiving Feast at the 4th Annual Big Bear Turkey Trot, featuring 3, 6 and 9 mile distances (November 24); a number of trails also remain open during the winter months, bundle up and take a hike up to the breathtaking views on Castle Rock or stroll around the lake on the Alpine Pedal Path taking in the snowcapped mountain tops; for regular and more relaxed walking and outdoor tours the Big Bear Discovery Center continues to offer a multitude of nature walk options and is an ideal location for beginners to enjoy snowshoeing, weather permitting.

  • Lake Activities: Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday on-board the Miss Liberty and take in all the beauty of Big Bear Lake (November 24-November 27).

  • Music & Live Entertainment: The First Annual Big Bear Comedy Festival will have audiences laughing at various locations throughout the Village (November 4 & 5); The Cave Entertainment Center and Wyatt’s Saloon at the Convention Center offer diverse genres ranging from Rock and Jazz to Country and Alternative Music.

  • Art: Each Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. The Cave showcases Big Bear Artists of all genres during their Local Art Night; Community Arts Theater (CATS) presents “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the PAC (beginning November 18)

  • Holiday Fun for the Family: Welcome Santa & Mrs. Clause for their Grand Entrance and Tree Lighting with local entertainers and Charles Dickens Era Carolers at the Annual

Christmas in the Village (November 25); the 32nd Annual Mountain Christmas Boutique features over 40 arts and crafts vendors, free arts and crafts for children and more, at the Big Bear Convention Center (November 25-27); Visit Santa & Mrs. Clause every Saturday and Sunday in the Village (November 26 – December 24).

I hope you take the opportunity to learn more about Big Bear Lake when you visit. Visitor information is provided daily at the Big Bear Visitors’ Center located in the Village at 630 Bartlett Road, Big Bear Lake 92315, or call 909.866.7000. 


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