Country Christmas in Julian
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. 26th 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!
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!
Candle Dipping…Rustic Ornament Making…Cider Pressing & Tasting…Holiday Hayride with Caroling…Country Hoedown… Petting Zoo…Tomahawk Throwing…Rope Making (for kids too young to throw tomahawks)
951-847-1904 Fortcrossfun@gmail.com http://www.fortcross.com/
Dec. 3 & 4 Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5. Cider pressing (limited apple supply), hayrides, hoedowns, caroling, rustic ornament making, candle dipping, petting zoo, and tomahawk throwing!
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/
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. When: Dec 9th & 10th, at 7p.m , matinee Dec 11th at 2pm, Dec 15th, 16th, 17th at 7pm, matinee Dec 17th 2pm Tickets: $15 adults, $8 children 12 and under For more information: 760-577-1319
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.
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. Information phone 760-765-1857.
Handel’s Messiah The Julian Community Choir presents this traditional holiday oratorio at 7 pm in Town Hall.
Holiday Home Tour The Holiday Home Tour will be on Friday, December 9, 2016. A signature event for the Julian Woman’s Club is the Holiday Home Tour. Five homes are selected in this unique rural, mountainous town to be on the tour. Two tours are scheduled and guests must sign up for the 9:00 am tour or the 1:00 pm tour. Guests meet at a the Julian Community Methodist Church where they will be assigned to cars. Volunteer drivers accommodate 3 passengers as they drive to each home in a convoy, explaining interesting features of the area. While waiting for the tour, guests are treated to refreshments and can purchase home-baked goods and homemade crafts.
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. http://www.julianwomansclub.org/
Breakfast with Santa at the Pine Hills Lodge Breakfast with Santa. Come for an old-fashioned Christmas brunch with Santa: 9 am – 1 pm SUNDAY, December 11th. $15.95 for Adults, $10.95 Children 10 and under, $5 for a highchair. Reservations Required: Please call 760-765-1100, www.pinehillslodge.com
Thanks to Everyone Who Joined Us
for the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 26th 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