Things To Do In Big Bear in December

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December is the coldest month in Big Bear! Are you looking for the best events and things to do in Big Bear this December? Look no further! 

Welcome to the winter wonderland of Big Bear Lake, where December unfolds like a storybook filled with festive charm and snowy adventures.As the temperatures drop and the mountains don their winter coat, December becomes an enchanting time to explore all that Big Bear has to offer. From snowy escapades to cozy cabin retreats, there’s a special kind of magic that blankets this mountain town during December.

Why is December the perfect time to visit Big Bear Lake? It’s a time when nature herself puts on a dazzling display. The crisp mountain air is accompanied by the gentle fall of snowflakes, turning the town into a snowy haven straight out of a holiday postcard. The snowy slopes at Snow Summit and Bear Mountain beckon skiers and snowboarders, while the surrounding trails become pathways to winter wonder. Beyond the thrill of winter sports, the town sparkles with holiday lights, creating a festive ambiance that’s both heartwarming and delightful.

Picture yourself curled up by the fireplace in a charming cabin, surrounded by snow-covered pines. The quaint village offers holiday shopping, where local boutiques showcase unique gifts and seasonal treasures. Whether you’re a snow enthusiast or simply looking for a tranquil escape, Big Bear in December promises a blend of winter magic and festive cheer that will make your holiday season truly unforgettable.

Join us as we explore the enchanting world of Big Bear Lake in the most wonderful time of the year.

Top Events Happening in Big Bear in December

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Skiing and Snowboarding

Open November to April

Bear Mountain Resort & Snow Summit Resort

A one-day lift ticket will give you access to both Bear Mountain (for advanced slopes) and Snow Summit (for beginner slopes) properties. With over 400 acres of rideable terrain and tons of areas for beginners to practice and get their bearings, now is the time to get out there and learn to ski or snowboard.  For the classic mountain winter experience, check out these award-winning terrain parks.

$5 OFF YOUR ROOM at ITH Big Bear Hostel! When you show your lift ticket.

Snow Tubing

Open December to March

Alpine Slide

This is sledding on steroids, and undoubtedly one of the best things to doin Big Bear in December. Race down the slopes in an inner tube, ride the Magic Carpet moving walkway back to the top, and keep going! On Friday, Saturday, and holiday nights there is even a glow tubing event that incorporates neon lights turning into flashing colors as you speed down the slopes. This is fun for all ages and a great way to get your exercise laughing in the snow.



Open All Winter

Action Tours California

There is no better way to explore the forests and find new trails than to stomp through the mountains on foot. Rent a pair of snowshoes down in the village and set your own course through the winter woods. Experience the silence and magic of forests in the wintertime. This is hands-down one of our favorite things to do in Big Bear in December! Be sure to stop at the front desk at ITH Mountain Adventure Hostel for tips.


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Action Zipline & Segway Tours

Open Year Round

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Sail through the air and take in the Big Bear Mountains from above. This is a scenic way to learn about the specific nature of Big Bear National Forest while enjoying the thrill of flying on 9 different choice zip lines. Get a new kind of high with this high altitude fun. Not for the faint of heart!

Holiday Festivities in Big Bear in December

This little village in the heart of Big Bear Mountain places you in a winter wonderland during this time of the year. It is the perfect place to enjoy the holidays by window shopping, grabbing a delicious meal or simply enjoying the twinkling Christmas lights trimming the trees in the sparkling snow. After all the activities playing hard in the snow requires you to rest and relax well too. Some of the best holiday activities happening in Big Bear in December are:

  • Christmas in the Village 
  • Christmas Night Skiing Session
  • Holiday Craft Show


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Big Bear is Southern California’s ultimate four seasons mountain town. Plan on having a fantastic time with whichever experiences you embark on and enjoy your time in the mountains.

Check out upcoming Big Bear events for your next adventure.

If you have any questions about other events happening in Big Bear, please contact our receptionist at the Big Bear Retreat Center and Hostel.

Stay At ITH Big Bear Hostel & Have A Great Time in Big Bear in December!