Living in Medford, we are so lucky to have Jacksonville as one of our next door neighbors. It is the cutest little historical town that has enough character on any ordinary day, but boy do they know how to celebrate the holidays. When Jacksonville gets dressed up for the holidays it is simply enchanting!
The Saturday after Thanksgiving they kick things off with Jacksonville's Tree Lighting Ceremony and their merchants are open for a special open house. We love the small town Christmas that Jacksonville hosts, almost like you are stepping right into a Dickens novel. As we stroll the streets soaking it all in, we love running into Father Christmas and his elves, who are always ready to offer a "Ha, Ha, Ha" and a candy cane. He is by far Olivia's favorite as she knows that he is "the" Father Christmas and not just another helper. :)
Most the time it is REALLY cold so we usually head over to Good Bean Company for some cocoa so that we can enjoy the Christmas wreaths, garlands and window displays.
There are even carolers out, to add to the Christmas cheer!
Following the tree lighting ceremony on the first Saturday of December is the annual Victorian Christmas Parade. Jacksonville's parades are always a treat. We enjoy the local marchers, dancers and singers, and when Santa makes his grand appearance in his sleigh, you can hear the gasps of joy as all of the children vie for his attention.
When the parade is over another we head over to take pictures with Father Christmas and his elves. You can also take Trolley Rides, sip cider, and tour the historic houses in Jacksonville. It is such a festive time and Jacksonville really knows how to bring the season to our community!
Saturday, November 24 – Shop Small Saturday
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Merchant Open House
5:00 pm Christmas Tree Lighting & Community Caroling – 3rd Street between Californian & C Streets
Saturday, December 1
10:00 am Victorian Christmas Parade – 3 blocks of California Street in downtown Jacksonville
Weekend Activities December 1 – 23
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Father Christmas (New Location at: 155 North 3rd Street)
Carolers, Town Crier,
Jolly Holly Trolley Rides
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Beekman House Holiday Tours – 470 East California Street
St. Joseph Rectory Open House –204 North 4th Street
Beekman Bank Tours – Corner of California & 3rd Street