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There are now three tree lighting ceremonies in Big Bear. Which one will you most likely attend?

Updated: Feb 4, 2023

Article Updated on February 4, 2023... Big Bear, California is celebrating the holidays with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies. Residents and visitors alike can be part of the festivities in Big Bear Lake, Big Bear City, and now Sugarloaf. The first stop on this holiday tour is Big Bear Lake. This picturesque mountain town will host their annual tree lighting ceremony on Friday, November 24, 2023 at 5 p.m., complete with hot chocolate, cookies, caroling and a visit from Santa himself! After enjoying all that the lake has to offer during the day – including ice skating or tubing – head into town for an evening of festive fun. Just down Highway 38 lies Big Bear City which will light up its tree on November 25th, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.. Here you'll find more holiday cheer as local businesses participate in a parade followed by live music performances before culminating in the big moment when Santa flips the switch to turn on thousands of twinkling lights adorning the evergreen fir tree outside the fire station. And finally there’s Sugarloaf which had its very first Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in 2022 outside of the fire station. The community plans to make it even bigger in 2023 by expanding activities like roasting marshmallows and s'mores, showcasing a variety of vendors offering handmade gifts perfect for holiday shopping plus plenty more activities for kids like cookie decorating stations and reindeer games! Join in on all the fun on Saturday, December 2, 2023. Come celebrate Christmas with us here in Big Bear where we have something special planned no matter which village you choose to explore!

Photos above are from the 1st Annual Sugarloaf Tree Lighting Ceremony hosted in 2022. Original Post Below... Sugarloaf Preparing for first ever tree lighting ceremony.

The holidays are a time for tradition and making memories. Sugarloaf Property Owners Association (SPOA) is dedicated to creating a sense of community and beginning this year, we will hold our own Christmas tree lighting ceremony for Sugarloaf and east valley residents to kick-off the holiday season. Unfortunately, there was no suitable tree in the common area of our community to designate as our Christmas tree. SPOA purchased a new tree which has been planted in the center of Sugarloaf Park and will now be used for this annual tradition. The tree will be maintained by the parks department going forward. This purchase was an unplanned expense, however, your Board felt it was a timely opportunity to bring the community together after Covid. If you would like to make a donation to offset the cost of the tree, please visit


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