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Celebrate Thanksgiving In Big Bear Lake

Updated: Dec 5, 2023

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Thanksgiving Bliss in Big Bear: A Guide to Celebrating the Holiday

Thanksgiving In Big Bear Lake

Fall has finally come to Southern California and the surrounding area, and after spending nearly the last two years cooped up, perhaps you and your family are considering traveling for Thanksgiving. Maybe somewhere nice and up in the mountains, where autumn isn’t just a word, but something that you can actually see and feel around you.

If the thought of that piques your interest, then Big Bear Lake, just a couple of hours north of Los Angeles, might very well be a spot worth considering for a fall Thanksgiving vacation. This seasonal small town has plenty of autumn breezes, falling leaves hued with yellow, orange, and red, as well as crisp fresh air and a glimmering lake. Plus, it has plenty of Thanksgiving celebratory fun to be had to help you ring in the holiday.

So, how can you go about making Big Bear Lake a great place to celebrate Thanksgiving?

Well, you start with booking a cabin for you and your loved ones, but not just any cabin. Make your holiday unforgettable by booking one of Big Bear’s best luxury cabin rentals. Midnight Moon Cabins offers an array of modern luxury dog-friendly cabin rentals right in the heart of Big Bear Lake.

Once your dream cabin is booked, then move onto the keystone of Thanksgiving: the turkey. You can, of course, choose to either go out for a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal, or you can have dinner at your cozy cabin. Either way, Big Bear Lake can make for quite the fantastic Thanksgiving getaway.

If you opt to go out, then you can visit a wide variety of Big Bear Lake restaurants, many of which offer special Thanksgiving dinners, complete with all the fixings: cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, stuffing—you name it—and of course the turkey itself. If you don’t want to eat at the restaurant, you can bring the meal back to your cabin.

Or, better yet, you can hire a private chef to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for you while you and your family relax the day away, preparing for the impending food coma that’s bound to hit you once you’ve feasted.

If you happen to arrive a few days before Thanksgiving and want to taste Big Bear Lake’s local culinary pleasures, expect to find all sorts of options, from steaks to Indian. While food is naturally the main focus of Thanksgiving, Big Bear has plenty else to offer visitors during the holiday.

Embark Upon the Turkey Trot – For Charity

Before you fill up your stomachs on November 24th, you might want to consider participating in Big Bear’s Turkey Trot, regardless of whether you’re looking to have Thanksgiving at a restaurant or your cabin. The Turkey Trot is a race to support local food pantries and Open Air Big Bear, a non-profit organization with the mission to advance and celebrate outdoor, people-powered events and activities in Big Bear Valley.

The trot has three different races, all along the same course. Either hop in for a three-mile jaunt, a six-mile sprint, or a nine-mile adventure. Walk—or run—it’s up to you exactly how you trot. And, if you want to show your true Turkey Day spirit, you can dress up and participate in the costume contest. (It might also be a great way to keep warm on what might be a relatively chilly day.)

What Would a Thanksgiving Vacation Be Without Some Much-needed Recreation?

The mountains are a great place to spend any holiday, and while you’ll undoubtedly have your hands full with all the Turkey Day festivities, Big Bear Lake also has plenty of recreational fun, too.

Unlike virtually the rest of Southern California, snow has been known to come to the mountains (not to mention how adept Big Bear is at making snow). Grab a tube and hit the slopes for some wintry tubing at Alpine Slide or Big Bear Snowplay—great fun for the entire family.

One of the best things about this mountain, or virtually any mountain for that matter, is how great the hiking trails are. So, if you get an opportunity while visiting, you would be remiss not to check them out before or after chowing down on turkey.

All in all, Big Bear Lake has a veritable cornucopia of ways to help celebrate Thanksgiving. Now, imagine partaking in all of these Thanksgiving festivities, and then coming home to a luxurious (and cozy!) cabin right in the middle of Big Bear—a cabin so nice you and your family might not ever want to leave.

Complete your Thanksgiving getaway in Big Bear with a blazing fire, warm apple cider, and an unforgettable cabin stay.


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