Photo: David Gibb Photography

Photo: David Gibb Photography

Longing for an old fashioned holiday? Then visit Jacksonville the first three weekends in December and experience the Christmas season as it was celebrated during the Victorian period of the late 1800s. Father Christmas and his elves, carolers in period costumes, horse-drawn wagon rides, a “deck the halls” opportunity, Beekman House Victorian Christmas tours, a “wassail” tasting, magic shows, hot cider, and more—all announced by the Town Crier—await those adventurous enough to take a step back in time.

Victorian Christmas is coordinated by the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. For more information please call 541-899-8118 or email

3 WEEKENDS OF VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS – Saturdays and Sundays, December 7&8, 14&15, 21&22, 11:00am–4:00pm: Nothing’s better than spending holiday weekends in Downtown while taking in the sights and sounds of Victorian Christmas. Town will be decked-out with lights and greenery, so bring the kids to meet Father Christmas, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, enjoy carolers and street performers and partake in complimentary apple cider, roasted almonds & more.

BEEKMAN HOUSE HOLIDAY TOURS – December 7-8, 14-15, and 21-22, 11:00am-3:00pm: Do you hang a good luck German pickle ornament on your Christmas tree, hang mistletoe in a “kissing ball,” or serve plum pudding for your holiday dessert? You’re invited to tour the 1873 C.C. Beekman House, home to Jacksonville’s wealthiest pioneer family, to learn how Christmas was celebrated during the late 1800’s and how holiday traditions have changed. Admission: Adults, $4; Seniors/Students, $2. 470 E. California Street, Jacksonville. For additional information, please contact 541-899-123 x312 or email

Posted November 6, 2013 & Updated December 9. 2013