Taking place for more than two decades, the Mountain Christmas Boutique is the largest holiday arts and crafts show in the mountains. With several returning favorites, the show also features new crafters each year. This year Santa will visit the show each day and is available for photos and to collect Christmas Wish Lists. Santa will be at the Mountain Christmas Boutique on Friday and Saturday, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 p.m.
The show offers a quaint shopping experience featuring handmade and one-of-a-kind items and a variety of collectible and unique gifts. Sixty crafters and artists from throughout the Western United States converge in Big Bear Lake for the holiday weekend. From wire-wrap gem jewelry, to handmade hats and scarves, to homemade jams and oils, to personalized ornaments, to vintage clothing, there are gifts available for every taste and every budget. Holiday items include Christmas wreaths, handmade Santas, and holidays treats.
Doors open at 10:00 a.m. daily with the shopping continuing through 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Admission is $3.00 for adults with children 12 and under free. Sunday is Local’s Day with FREE admission for all Bear Valley residents (I.D. required). Visit www.bigbearevents.com for coupons.
If you miss Santa over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, he will make a return visit to the Convention Center on Saturday, December 10th. The American Legion hosts a FREE holiday party for all the children of Big Bear Valley. Children can come visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. This is the perfect opportunity for parents to get a photo, so bring the camera.
Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and Santa arrives at 11:00 a.m. The fun continues through 1:00 p.m. Each child will receive a free gift from Santa, a Christmas stocking and be entered into a raffle to win a variety of prizes. No one walks away empty handed!!! Free hot dogs will also be served. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For all the details, call the American Legion at 866-4845
Wyatt’s Cafe and Saloon will once again be having its annual Country New Year’s party on Saturday, December 31st. DJ Joe Vonesh will be spinning the country tunes with plenty of dancing and even a dance lesson or two.
Bring the family, as this is the only New Year’s Eve party that features a bounce house and free children activities.
Wyatt’s will be serving up a full menu of ranchstyle grub. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and continues through mid night with a complimentary Champagne Toast at the strike of midnight. Stay tuned here for more details to follow.
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest
Wraps-Up 41st Annual Event
Saturday, Oct. 29th
What a year we’ve had! It has been a fun six weeks. Check out this year’s photo gallery to get a brief ‘snapshot’ of the this year’s good times. More photos will be posted after this weekend.
Finals of the Log Sawing, Stein-Holding and Safe Slam Beer Drinking Contests all take place this weekend between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. We also celebrate our German Spooktacular with both adult and children’s costume contests. Children’s contest takes place at 3:00 p.m. and all children in costume get FREE admission. The adult costume contest takes place at 9:00 p.m. Prizes are awarded in both contests with the grand prize for the adult contest a full Oktoberfest weekend in 2012!
So join us as we have one last day of prosits and brats. Get here early, as we expect it to be another big weekend!
We’re rolling into Weekend #3 and all systems are go! The Mainfloesser Band has arrived from Germany and they are even better than last year. If you missed them, make plans to get here. They are awesome.
Weather looks great for the weekend ahead and Hwy. 38 is now OPEN! Check-out the photo gallery for new pictures of this year’s event.
Our new FAST PASS rolls out this weekend. Avoid the hassles of any lines. The FAST PASS is $75 per person and includes admission, a Jager T-shirt, your first beer ticket and six passes to get to the front of the beer line!! FAST PASSES can only be purchased on site and there is a limited amount available. Simply come to the Will Call entrance and ask for a FAST PASS. FAST PASSES go on sale at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
The 2011 Oktoberfest Queen contest officially begins Saturday, Oct. 1 at 6:00 p.m. Our queen is chosen by how many 1 liter beer steins she can carry. Some of our former queens have actually carried more weight in beer steins than their own body weight. Each stein weighs five pounds. The contest runs every Saturday evening through Oct. 15th when the winner is crowned.