SOlvang 2017 Julefest

Nov 14, 2017

Solvang, California, USA – Solvang’s 2017Julefest (pronounced Yule-Fest) Holiday Celebration from December 1, 2017 through January 5, 2018, has some fresh, new FREE activities to debut this season including “The Nisse Adventure”, free Solvang by Candlelight Walking Tours plus free Live Music in Solvang Park, as well as strolling musicians and carolers around the village. This year’s theme is “A Danish Tradition.”



According to Daniel Lahr, Special Program Manager and Julefest Coordinator for Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau (SCVB), Solvang’s new “Nisse Adventure” will be held from Friday, December 1, 2017 through Friday, January 5, 2018. “Families will be able to explore Solvang while trying to find twelve Danish Christmas Elves known as Jule Nisse, for this festive scavenger hunt.” Visitors and residents of all ages are invited to stop by the Solvang Visitors Center at 1639 Copenhagen Drive between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily, pick up a free “Nisse Adventure” map that provides clues. There are twelve Jule Nisse (pronounced Yule Nee-suh) hidden around town, each about 16 inches tall. Take a picture of every one on a smart phone or camera; then return to the Visitors Center to prove you’ve discovered their hiding places and receive a prize. There is no set schedule to find all the hidden nisse, just complete your adventure by January 5, 2018. (Example at left).  


For the first time, free Solvang by Candlelight Walking Tours will be held on December 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30th starting at 5:00 p.m. departing from the Solvang Visitors Center, 1639 Copenhagen Drive. A costumed tour guide will provide guests with a battery powered LED candle; share history and fun facts about the Solvang while strolling and caroling along village sidewalks for one hour. There is a maximum of 20 guests per tour. Tour reservations will be available starting 24 hours in advance by registering in person at the Visitors Center.


There will be free live music in Solvang Park as well as musicians and singers strolling up and down Copenhagen Drive and Alisal Road, courtesy of the Solvang Chamber of Commerce, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on December 2, 9, 16, 23, 26, 28, 29 and 30, 2017. 

Plus, all the traditional favorite activities return including the free Community Tree-lighting Ceremony (12/1), Julefest Parade (12/2); Nativity Pageant (12/9); Free Visits with Santa “Julemanden” in Solvang Park (12/1, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16) ; Solvang Chamber of Commerce Shop, Mingle & Jingle Weekends; Holiday Wine & Beer Walk “Skål Stroll!” (12/9 & 10/17) and concluding with the Christmas Tree Burn (1/5/18). 


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