Tree Lighting Ceremony of years past
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. 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, Michael Hart, introducing this year’s participants in Julian’s Country Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration!
•1. 1:00PM: Ramona High School Jazz Band, with Austin Tinkess, Andrew Pradels, and Chandler Makenzie on alto sax; Taylor Jones, trombone; Tommy Ferguson, trumpet, Kenny Kubiak, drums; Gina Gruniesen, bass guitar; Ryan Lancione, guitar.
•2. 1:35PM: RxR –Roger Taylor and Rick Kaylor,multi-instrumentalists and singers from the Escondido area. Their acoustic specialties include folk, bluegrass and Americana styles.
•3. 2:10PM: Fictional Thing -- Josh and Alicia Rasmussen, singer/songwriters and Julian residents, performing originals and Christmas songs in a folk style.
•4. 2:45PM: Ramona/Julian Academy of Dance -- returning for a second year, various groups of dancers aged 5~16, performing their annual Christmas program.
•5. 3:20PM: Jake’s Mountain-- Janice Bina-Smith, guitar; Blake Rogers, guitar and dulcimer; and multi-instrumentalist Dan Sankey ,back for their 5th year in a row, highlighting their folk/Americana originals and some Christmas tunes.
•6. 3:55PM: Joe Rathburn – also back for the 5thyear in a row, Joe has an extensive selection of Christmas songs in his act, and is an accomplished singer/songwriter from San Diego who plays in many different venues throughout the county.
•7. 4:30PM: The Victorian Carolers –Garnette Welch, Fred Fabre, Kristi Holt, and Paul Jacobsen, Julian residents who have been the town carolers for 20+ years. They stroll Main Street Saturdays until Christmas, and are all performing in Handel’s Messiah in Town Hall on Sunday December 15.
•8. 4:55PM: Les and Audrey Turner – also returning for the 5th year in a row, Julianites Les and Audrey specialize in poetic Christmas readings, sometimes surprising us with special content far beyond the traditional “twas the night before Christmas.”
9. 5:10PM: Cierra Rayne – a gifted local singer and musician, Cierra performs some originals and Christmas tunes to close the show, prior to the lighting of the Christmas tree by Julian’s Merchant of the Year, Liz Smothers.
10. 5:30PM: Santa Claus – a well known resident of the North Pole, Santa listens to the dreams of all the children in Julian, accompanied by his ever-patient wife, Mrs. Claus, keeping him on schedule for his big gig in late December.
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 lotnext 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
Friday, December 13, 2013. 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
Sunday, December 8th: 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