December 2017

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December 2 ~ Saturday

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Every First Saturday

Living History Days


11am to 4pm, SJB State Historic Park. Step back to the early days of San Juan. Meet mountain men, Civil War soldiers, Victorian ladies, and more. Enjoy craft and cooking demonstrations. Enjoy an old-fashioned soda in the historic Plaza Hotel Saloon. See historic horse-drawn vehicles inside the Plaza Stables and Victorian furnishings in the Plaza Hotel and Zanetta family home.


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SJB Merchants Wish You

Happy Holidays! 

Merchants Open House, Tree Lighting,
a Holiday Parade & More!!!

TBA ~ Merchants Open House 11am to 6pm offering seasonal items & refreshments. Holiday in Lights Parade 5:30 pm on 3rd Street. Community Christmas Peace Tree lighting at sunset Post-parade selfies with Santa fundraiser for Local food bank: $5. 

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Oriana Chorale / Holiday Choir Performance


7:30pm, Performed at Old Mission San Juan Bautista. Featuring traditional Christmas classics in English, German, Spanish, French, Russian, Korean and African languages. Motets in Latin from the Renaissance period and Handel’s Hallelujua. Adults $20, Students $15, Children 12 and under Free. Tickets available in Hollister at Mars Hill Coffee House, Postal Graphics, San Benito Bene. Tickets available in San Juan Bautista at Visions of Christmas. You can also purchase online at

December 15 ~ Friday

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Annual Holiday Bonfire / Hayden Christmas Celebration


Beginning at sunset. First Street near the Mission. Santa Claus will be at the Community Hall, 10 San Jose Street, starting at 6:00pm. The annual bonfire is a tribute to the Hayden Family. During the depression era, the Haden Family pooled their money to help buy candies, toys and oranges for the community children. They erected a bonfire to bring together the people in town, and celebrated with games and songs while keeping warm. Sponsored by the San Juan Bautista Service Club.

December 21 ~ Tuesday

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Winter Solstice at The Mission


Approximately 6:00am. Be at the Mission church at sunrise to witness a spectacular sunrise light coming through the window, lining up with the alter, then the isle, ending at the Tabernacle. Photograph on left by Larry Gerbrandt, owner of Rare Light Gallery in downtown San Juan Bautista.