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Nov. 28th 2015

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. You can watch the annual Living Nativity tableau, cuddle under a blanket while riding down Main Street in a carriage, stay in a cozy bed and breakfast that is all decked out in holiday finery, or even stroll down a quiet country lane.




Julian celebrates the start of the Christmas holiday season on Saturday November 28, with performers set for appearances up and down Main Street, as well as the traditional setting in the Pioneer Museum Park. Starting at 1PM, the day will culminate with lighting the 80 foot Christmas tree and the arrival of Santa and Mrs Claus as the sun sets.

A touch of chill in the mountains is the best way to kick off the season, with San Diego county's favorite getaway decorated with thousands of lights, wreaths and garlands. Julian's quaint shops, restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms are not to be missed year round; the hiking, horseback riding, and horse-drawn carriages add to the magic. Country lodging options include bed and breakfasts, country inns, lodges and hotels.

The award winning Julian Charter School Choir performs at the park and along Main Street, and several other musicians are set to offer a large variety of tunes throughout the day for shoppers and diners.

Julian's Charter School singers have been honored with an invitation to perform in New York City's Carnegie Hall in March 2016, and are thrilled to share their talent with their hometown residents and visitors.

Enjoy the country charms of rural San Diego county. Julian: much more than just apple pie!  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.28th 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. 


Join Master of ceremonies, Michael Hart, introducing this year’s participants in Julian’s Country Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration!


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).

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 on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015.

Holiday Home Tour
Friday, December 11, 2015. Guided tours leave from the 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
Sunday, December 13th: Breakfast with Santa.   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