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November 25, 2009 (Julian) -- Julian celebrates the holiday season by lighting up the town's living Christmas tree at Pioneer Park on Saturday, Nov. 28.  The historic gold rush town will also paysl homage to individuals who contribute time, skills, and energy to making Julian what some townspeople consider the best small town in Southern California.  The event marks the beginning of the annual Julian Country Christmas celebration--three weeks of holiday festivitird during which visitors and residents  capture the spirit of the season in an old-fashioned way. 


Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with a program of Christmas carols sung by local vocalists. Santa arrives aboard a fire engine just before 6, when the tree is lit. 



It’s easy to get into the spirit of the season in Julian. The historic town, known for its apples, is set in the Cuyamaca Mountains an hour’s drive east of San Diego, where December days and evenings are crisp and cool. With the scents of apple pies emerging from ovens and spiced cider on a back burner, Julian also smells like Christmas.


Founded during a gold rush in the 1870s, Julian looks and sounds like Christmas too. Twinkling white lights and garland outline wooden false-fronted buildings along Main Street and up the side streets. In the spirit of the season, many shopkeepers add their own favorite Santas, sleighs and reindeer, garlands, wreaths and bows to the show. The Julian Pioneer Museum and historic Grosskopf House are all decked out in Victorian holiday finery.


Everywhere you’ll hear the sounds of Christmas as well…costumed strolling carolers recall Victorian times, when Julian was a thriving Gold Rush town, and the Julian Doves and Desperadoes share Christmas memories in living history dramas.


You'll find many unique shops in Julian, many stocked with locally hand-crafted  gift items during the holiday season. Most, including the Julian Crafters who set up shop in Town Hall during the season, offer one-of-a-kind items that can’t be found in shopping malls. Friendly shopkeepers take pride in providing personal service to every visitor.


Julian’s lodgings put out a special welcome during the holidays. The bed and breakfast inns are decorated in holiday finery. And most innkeepers prepare special holiday treats for their guests.


Be sure to stop by Mom's Apple Pies - and present this coupon for a free cup of coffee with any slice of pie. 


For more information on Julian, visit http://www.julianca.com.

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