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, without crowds or lines, for one-of-a-kind gifts.
You can greet Santa at Town Hall each Saturday and Sunday in December from noon to 4pm. 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. 30th 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 CarolA 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 8, 2019 from 09:00 am to 01:00 pm. Come for Breakfast with Santa at the historic Pine Hills Lodge. Take your photos with Santa! Face Painting! $15.95 for Adults, $10.95 Children 10 and under, $5 for a highchair. Reservations Required. Please call 760-765-1100, www.pinehillslodge.com
Handel’s Messiah December 15, 2019.The Julian Community Choir presents this traditional holiday oratorio at Town Hall. This event usually takes place at 7pm.
Historic Re-enactments: Julian Doves & Desperados: In town every Sunday the famed Julian Doves & Desperados, weather permitting will meet and greet with visitors to town. Look for their family friendly show on Sundays at 2pm in front of the historic jail at the top of C Street. Fun for all ages. Meet the characters, Captain Cooper, Sadie Cashman, Doc Hopkins, Snake and Gypsy Davenporte. Sponsored by the Julian Chamber of Commerce. For Information: (760) 765-1857
Holiday Home Tour: This event will be held the first Friday in December. Five homes are selected for their distinctiveness and are highly decorated for the holidays. Two tours occur, one in the am and one after Noon. Guests meet at the Methodist church, are assigned to a car and are driven to each of the five homes. The cost is $20 per person and reservations are required. More info at: www.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. Saturdays In December Local churches take turns putting it on! Free! Please attend to see an old fashioned living nativity!
25th Annual Victorian Christmas Teas – Teas will be held daily from Thursday, December 5th thru Monday, December 23rd. The special set menu includes a variety of finger sandwiches, savories, tea breads, scone with curd, jam and whipped cream, and a selection of seasonal desserts, or we also have a special children’s menu 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 $29.95 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/