Let's start this off with stating Christmas is my favorite holiday. Some of my fondest childhood memories take place during Christmas time, and with a young toddler of my own, I can't wait until she is a little older and we can do super fun and cheesy Christmas stuff together. Now that being said, I kicked off the 2017 holiday season by attending the Blue Jay Christmas Parade. Where is Blue Jay you ask? It's a really small unincorporated town in the San Bernardino Mountains. In 2000, the town had a whopping population of slightly over 2,100 - whoa!
The drive up to Blue Jay is really nice, as long as there isn't snow. This small town is located on the shady side of the mountain, so it can get pretty icy.
I lived up in the San Bernardino Mountains with my Dad and Stepmom for a short time during my high school years, and I had never heard of this event. Apparently, this was their 37th year in a row.
It was pretty much what you'd expect from a small mountain town. It was pretty hokey-pokey, but it was quaint with friendly locals. The parade was pretty short, but they had a couple different bands, veteran displays, boy and girl scouts, a few floats, and lots of people passing out candy - even the GRINCH!
Besides the parade, there are a few local coffee shops, restaurants, and a movie theater nearby that you can make an entire day trip out of, if you wanted. If you're looking for something cheap and local to do during the Christmas season, I'd recommend this. I remember really hating it when I lived up here because there wasn't much to do. Now that I am older, I appreciate the quietness of the mountains and hospitality of the residents. I wish I would have given it more of a chance when I was here before.
You can get more information about the Mountain Communities at their Chamber of Commerce website - https://lakearrowheadchamber.com/37th-annual-blue-jay-parade/.
Rebekah was born and raised in the small town of Wichita Falls, Texas, and moved to California over 10 years ago. This blog documents her adventures in truly seeing local Southern California and all it has to offer for the first time since moving to the state.