2017 annual Julefest Events

Oct 05, 2017

Most Christmassy Towns in America” will sparkle again during the 2017 annual Julefest (pronounced Yule-Fest) from December 1, 2017 through January 5, 2018. This year’s theme is “A Danish Tradition” and will feature Free Visits with Santa “Julemanden” in Solvang Park; Shop, Mingle & Jingle Weekends; Holiday Wine & Beer Walk “Skål Stroll!”; the traditional Community Tree-lighting Ceremony, Julefest Parade and free Nativity Pageant. Plus, there will be additional open houses at local retailers, special concerts and more taking place throughout the season—with activities continually being announced in the coming weeks and updated at www.SolvangUSA.com/things-to-do/solvang-julefest/


Throughout Solvang, more than 150 one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty shopsoffer everything from clogs to Danish porcelain to handmade lace, leather, iron art, jewelry, clothing, elegant antiques and collectibles, beautiful imported objects, vibrant arts and crafts, and colorful home furnishings. Toy and novelty stores offer playful options for stocking stuffers and kids of all ages. The incredible variety of retail options makes Solvang a perfect destination to shop for gifts and create holiday memories; especially with free parking throughout the village.


Santa will be in Solvang for free visits and photos ops for the whole family! According to Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau Special Programs Manager Daniel Lahr, “We’re thrilled to welcome Santa Claus also known as Julemanden (The Christmas Man in Danish) to Solvang Park at the corner of Mission Drive & First Street again this year.” First come, first seated with the jolly old elf. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moments during these days/times:

- Friday, December 1, 2017, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. - Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. - Saturday, December 9, 2017, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. - Saturday, December 16, 2017, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.



2017 Solvang Julefest Schedule of Events Highlights:


Friday, December 1, 2017

5:00-6:30 p.m.

Community Tree Lighting Ceremony in Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street). Enjoy free live entertainment with area bands, choirs and caroling culminating in ballerinas from Fossemale Dance Studio performing around the 20-foot tall drought-tolerant LED tree. (Don’t miss a free visit and photo with Santa from 4:00-6:00 p.m.)


Friday, December 1 through Sunday, December 3, 2017

Shop, Mingle & Jingle - Sponsored by the Solvang Chamber of Commerce/3rd Wednesday, discover exclusive happenings at Solvang merchants, live music, discounts and deals.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

11:00 a.m.

Julefest Parade with 300+ participants including dancers, musical groups, vintage vehicles, horses, carriages and animals. The parade originates at Solvang Veterans Hall (1745 Mission Drive) travels west on Mission Drive, turns left on Fourth Place, turns left on Copenhagen Drive, and ends on Alisal Road near the village Post Office. Be on the lookout for Santa . . .  as well as the soon-to-be-named 2017 Grand Marshal.


Friday, December 8 through Sunday, December 10, 2017

Shop, Mingle & Jingle - Sponsored by the Solvang Chamber of Commerce/3rd Wednesday, discover exclusive happenings at Solvang merchants, live music, discounts and deals.


Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10, 2017

11:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.

Solvang Julefest Wine & Beer Walk “Skål Stroll!” Passport features more than a dozen wine and beer tasting rooms throughout the village offering samplings. Tickets are $45 per person (21 years or older please) for the 2-day passport including a souvenir wine glass. Purchase online at www.solvangusa.com/things-to-do/solvang-julefest/#wine-beer-walk


Saturday, December 9, 2017

5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Nativity Pageant also known as the “Christmas Story” comes to life in at the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater (420 Second Street).  Enjoy performances by a choir, actors in traditional costumes, and live animals on stage. There are two FREE performances with seating on a first come, first entertained basis. (In the unlikely event of rain, performances will be held at an alternate location to be announced).


Monday, December 11 and Tuesday, December 12, 2017

6:00-7:15 p.m. and 7:30-8:45 p.m.  Holiday Lights & Sights Trolley Tour features the best of seasonal décor throughout Solvang and Santa Ynez Valley. Festive music and hot chocolate will be provided on board by Solvang Parks & Recreation Department elves. Only two trips offered each night, departing from Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall, 1760 Mission Drive. Tickets are $13 per person in advance (sell out expected). To reserve, call 805-688-7529.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Solvang 3rd Wednesday Holiday Edition, throughout the village featuring deals at local merchants, restaurants and gourmet food purveyors; the weekly Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market from 2:00-6:00 p.m.; discounts at local hotels; and the 3rd Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk. Details at http://solvang3rdwednesday.com/


Friday, January 5, 2018

5:00 -7:00 p.m.

Solvang's Annual Christmas Tree Burn in the fields of Old Mission Santa Inés (1760 Mission Drive); is supervised by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department as one of the largest fire safety demonstrations and community gatherings on California's Central Coast and coordinated by the Solvang Parks & Recreation Department. Live entertainment and refreshments for purchase will be available. Area residents are invited to bring their tree (stands & ornaments must be removed) to the burn pile between January 2-5, 2018 and then join together to see this powerful spectacle ignite the New

Year and herald the end of Solvang's Julefest. For more information on this one-of-its-kind event, call 805-688-7529.


Solvang Julefest events are presented by the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau (SCVB) on behalf of the City of Solvang with sponsorship support from Visit Santa Ynez Valley and other area businesses. All Solvang Julefest events are open to the public with free admission (excluding Julefest Holiday Wine & Beer Walk). For more detailed information about all events, please visit www.SolvangUSA.com or call the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-468-6765 or 805-688-6144.

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