We will be travelling from Australia and staying for one week in Palm Springs over Thanksgiving but would love to check out a small mountain or country town one day to experience traditional old style Christmas festivities. I did find one member on an earlier post this year suggested Julian (i think approx 2 hrs from PS). I have discovered that Julian has its annual tree lighting ceremony etc on Sat 24 Nov which sounds really nice. Can anyone tell me if its worth the trip, or are we better going somewhere closer like Idyllwild (although one member has already advised me that Idyllwild is pretty small). We have a toddler so we dont want to drive for 2hrs if it really isnt worth the trip !!! We are looking for old town feel, quaint shops etc. Another option was Temecula??? Your opinions would be much appreciated.