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Winter in Julian, CA

Updated: Aug 17, 2019

Our backcountry mountain range is one of the few places you can find snow in San Diego County. Beware, San Diegans flock to Julian to try to get some playtime in the snow. There's lots more to Julian in the winter than just playing in the snow!


Winter up in the mountains is filled with strong winds, cold storms, rain, and occasional snow. The winter temperature is usually 40-60 degrees. When it snows, the temperature drops down to 25-35 degrees. We usually see snow sometime after the first of the year through Mother's Day.

Things To Do

Julian Country Christmas

In early November a group of volunteers start decorating Main Street for Christmas. The Julian Country Christmas celebration kicks off the Saturday after Thanksgiving with our small town Tree Lighting at the Julian Pioneer Museum. The day is filled with Christmas carols and Christmas cheer.


On the Saturday After Thanksgiving you may see our local, volunteer firefighters out on Main Street with their boots out. All the money they collect goes to buy local children Christmas gifts. It's truly a great charitable event. You will also see the firefighters bring Santa to the Tree Lighting later on in the afternoon (at dark). The Christmas decorations throughout Julian stay up until around New Years.

Small Business Saturday

Come spend Small Business Saturday with us! Our town is made up of an amazing variety of small businesses. Your sure to find a gift for everyone on your shopping list.

The Christmas Carol

The Julian Theater Company has brought back the local tradition of a live production of the Christmas Carol. It is always a great show that is sure to leave you feeling the Christmas spirit.

Living Nativity

The Living Nativity is another great showcase of local talent. It can been seen taking place in front of the Julian Cider Mill (Main Street Julian) on Saturday evenings in December.

Santa At The Town Hall

If you missed Santa at the Tree Lighting, don't worry! The Julian Triangle Club hosts Santa at the Town Hall every year on the 1st Friday in December. The local volunteer firefighters drop Santa off, there are free carriage rides, homemade cookies, and much more Christmas cheer.

Holiday Home Tour

The Women's Club hosts the Holiday Home Tour annually on the second Friday in December. They carefully select five beautiful Julian homes that deck the halls for the holidays. Check out their website for more information.

Christmas Day

A Majority of the small business in Julian are family run and operated. Many of the businesses take Christmas Day off to spend this magical day with their families. A few business are open. Be sure to check with the individual businesses you are hoping to visit if you come to Julian on Christmas Day.


One of the main reason visitors come to Julian in the winter is to play in the snow. Please to not call individual business to see if there is snow. The best way to check the weather conditions is watch the town live on the Chamber webcam. You can also call the Chamber to check. The snow is unpredictable and doesn't hang around for long. For all the details on Julian snow days, check out our post on snow in Julian for our locals advice.

While you're shopping in town be sure to look for our hot drink scented candles available in select local businesses. They make great Christmas gifts. We look forward to seeing you!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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