Christmas comes to Julian every year in an old-fashioned way that will make you picture sleigh rides, chestnuts roasting on open fires, and Jack Frost painting the whole town white.
That may be a bit of a dream. But due to its Cuyamaca Mountains location, the holiday time in Julian gets closer to that dream than most spots in Southern California. You’ll feel a nip in the air, sniff wood fires, and maybe catch a glimpse of snow capped mountains surrounding town.
The holiday season in Julian also offers an opportunity to shop at small boutiques and craft shows, without crowds or lines, for one-of-a-kind gifts.
You can greet Santa a couple of times during the season, indulge in a Victorian Christmas tea, sing Christmas carols with costumed holiday carolers, sip a cup of hot chocolate or spiced cider. And you can watch the annual Living Nativity tableau, cuddle under a blanket while riding down Main Street in a carriage, take in a performance of The Christmas Carol starring Julian kids, stay in a cozy bed an breakfast that’s all decked out in holiday finery, or even stroll down a quiet country lane.
You can enjoy Julian’s holiday ambiance from Thanksgiving weekend through early January. Following are some scheduled activities that will add joy to your experience.
Country Christmas Tree Lighting - Nov. 2thJulian kicks off the holiday season with the annual lighting of the town’s huge living Christmas tree, presented by the Julian Merchants Association. This is a popular event, drawing hundreds of visitors who gather at Pioneer Park to watch the lighting and visit with Santa. Festivities start at 2:00 pm.
Victorian Christmas Teas
Presented at Julian Tea and Cottage, these parties are all lace and flowers, to the delight of little and big girls who can dress up for the meal. Owner Edie Segar serves finger sandwiches, breads, scones and desserts, Call 866/765-0832 for reservations (which are required).
A Christmas Carol
A Julian holiday tradition, this version of Dickens’ tale of hard-hearted Scrooge who finds the meaning of life one haunted Christmas Eve, For information and tickets call 760-765-3789. Seating is limited.
Doves and Desperados present living history seasonal comedy skits Sunday afternoons in the parking lot next to the Julian Market, weather permitting. For information call 760/765-1857.
A longtime Julian holiday tradition, the Living Nativity is staged at the Cider Mill on Main Street, it features locals appearing as Joseph and Mary, and the shepherds. Information phone 760-765-1857.
The Julian Community Choir presents this traditional holiday oratorio at
7 p.m. in Town Hall.
Holiday Home Tour
Guided tours leave Julian Community United Methodist Church Tickets are $20.00 each and available at Julian Tea and Cottage Arts, 2124 3rd Street, Julian. Call (760) 765-3647 for more information.
Breakfast with Santa at the Pine Hills Lodge
Come for an old fashioned Christmas Brunch with Santa between the hours of 9 am and 1 pm.
$15.95 for Adults
$10.95 Children 10 and under
$5 for a highchair Please call for reservations 760-765-1100, www.pinehillslodge.com