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. 25th Julian 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. Join Master of ceremonies, introducing this year’s participants in Julian’s Country Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration! Join us Thanksgiving weekend as we celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season near the idyllic mountain town of Julian!
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, Presented by the Julian Theater Company.
Breakfast with Santa at the Pine Hills Lodge Sunday, December 9, 2018: 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 & under & $5 for a highchair
Reservations required: 760-765-1100 Please call 760-765-1100, www.pinehillslodge.com
Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures
As the annual Country Christmas event is happening on Main Street, Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures will be host to some additional holiday fun to extend the excitement and holiday cheer! As a family, with friends, or on a date, it will be a cherished holiday memory for years to come! November 24 & 25 Holiday Hayride at Fort Cross. Festivities will continue during weekends into December, weather permitting. Candle Dipping…Rustic Ornament Making…Cider Pressing & Tasting (limited apple supply). .Tomahawk Throwing…Rope Making (for kids too young to throw tomahawks), hayrides, hoedowns, caroling, rustic ornament making, candle dipping, petting zoo. 951-847-1904 Fortcrossfun@gmail.com http://www.fortcross.com/
Handel’s Messiah The Julian Community Choir presents this traditional holiday oratorio at Town Hall on December 17th at 7pm
Historic Re-enactments 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.
Holiday Home Tour The Holiday Home Tour. A signature event for the Julian Woman’s Club is the Holiday Home Tour. Two Guided Tours of Julian Homes: 9 am OR 1 pm . $20. Crafts available at beginning of tours, plus refreshments. More info at: Julianwomansclub.org
Living Nativity 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. First event will be immediately following the tree lighting ceremony. Information phone 760-765-1857.
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). Our 22nd annual Victorian Christmas Teas will be held daily from Thursday, December 8th thru Friday, December 23rd. The special menu includes a variety of finger sandwiches, savories, tea breads, scone with curd, jam and whipped cream, and a selection of seasonal desserts. Our Children’s Tea is also available for children under 12. We can also prepare Vegetarian and Gluten Free versions of this Tea with advance notice, so let us know your specific needs when you make your reservation. Seating times: 11:30 AM, 1:15 PM and 3:00 PM. Cost is $26.95 for adults and $12.95 for children excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are required for these teas, so please call or email us to reserve your table! A deposit is required for groups of 8 or more. http://juliantea.com/
Tree Lighting Ceremony 2017 Schedule of Events:
1:00PM Jake’s Mountain
1:45PM Will Roberson, Alex Sharps, Paul Cruz
2:30PM Trails and Rails
3:15PM Dom Regalado
4:00PM Enter the Blue Sky
4:45PM Julian Arts Chorale
5:15PM Out of the Box Players – Christmas Production
Between 5:45 and 6pm:
Additionally – 3PM in the Town Hall, the Ramona/Julian Dance Academy for a 30 minute show
2016 Event Brought a Wedding Proposal – Congratulations!
Thanks to Everyone Who Joined Us for the Tree Lighting Ceremony in 2016
2016 Performers Included:
• Jake’s Mountain
• Joe Rathburn
• Jesse Cross
• Alex Sharps w/Nat Copeland
• Ramona/Julian Dance Academy
• Victorian Carolers
• Julian Madrigal Singers