It is said that celebrating the Christmas holiday in Big Bear is like stepping into the canvas of a great America illustration by Thomas Kinkade or Norman Rockwell. If I date myself with references to Kinkade and Rockwell, what I attempt to portray is Big Bear lives in a place in time where family matters, where neighbors care and the Holiday spirit is alive and well.
Looking across the faces of crowds gathered around the Christmas tree lot in Big Bear Lake, gathered for a tree lighting ceremony at the Big Bear City Fire Station or outside the Fawnskin Fire Department for that gentle hamlet’s ceremony, you see the smiling faces of people gathered not just to celebrate a Christian holiday, but life itself.
They come together as in the Days of Yore to gather around town or city Christmas trees to sing seasonal carols such as Jingle Bells and Silent Night led by local troubadours, beauty queens or Santa and Mrs. Claus, partake of hot ciders or cocoa, listen to well-meaning local politicians attempt to pontificate something new and meaningful and generally just socialize with neighbors they may not have seen for more than 360 days.
The crowds gather under a ski lighted by stars brightly gleaming, unfettered by the spill of urban light as in the great cities at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains. They gather in crisp cold, clean air and good spirit.
They gather to celebrate that our Country stands, is proud, and religious freedom is a right to be practiced openly and without fear. It is an illustration of an America that is great, not one needing to be made great again, one that has never faltered in its promise to life and liberty for its citizens.
The invitation is open to one and all to gather in Big Bear for the holidays and celebrate in whatever fashion you wish. The invitation is open to enjoy the tree lightings, again no matter your religious or personal beliefs, for the gathering is not just the lighting of a tree, it is a renewal of hope for a bright future.
Big Bear Lake:
Santa’s Grand Entrance and Tree Lighting
Fri., November 24, 5 to 8 p.m.
There is also Santa’s hut next to the tree and Santa and Mrs. Claus are there to listen to Christmas lists every weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Dec. 23.
The Christmas tree Lot in the Village at Pine Knot and Village
Big Bear City
Annual Christmas tree Lighting Ceremony at Big Bear City Fire Department
Sat. Nov 25, 5 to 6 p.m.
The switch will be flipped to the tree lights promptly at 5:30 p.m. Following the official tree lighting, Santa Claus will be making a special visit to the Fire Station. Children are encouraged to bring their wish list to give to Santa! Families are asked to bring a plate of cookies to share; hot coffee and cider will be provided. Big Bear City Fire Station, 301 W. Big Bear Blvd Big Bear City.