JuleFest Town Hall meeting

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 05:30 PM — 07:30 PM

You are invited to learn all about this year’s Julefest and how you can help make “the most Christmassy town in America” even more so!


This year, IDK Events will be working on producing the signature annual event; bringing back traditional Solvang Julefest events, as well as bringing all new, state-of-the-art events that will just simply wow visitors and residents alike. As these events are currently being finalized, you’re invited to learn in greater detail about them and how you can participate! IDK Events will also provide all of the merchants who attend promotional tools to help promote your business specifically during Julefest. These tools will include Julefest artwork, graphics, and pre-made social media posts.


It truly takes a (Danish) village!


When: Tuesday, October 22nd, 5:30pm

Where: Hotel Corque

What: Drinks provided


Be sure to bring your questions, suggestions and comments. They want to meet you and hear about what Julefest means for you.

2019 Julefest Events


Traditional Solvang Events:


Nisse Adventure – Entire Run

Join in on the city-wide hunt for the mischievous Solvang Nisse! This group of Nisse have hidden themselves throughout Downtown Solvang and we need your help tracking them down!



Santa's Lade – Nov 30, Dec. 7, 14, & 21

Santa will be welcoming guest into his “lade” or barn this year in Solvang Park. Come and take a free photo with Santa, but then afterwards experience the bit of magic he has brought with him, including animals and real snow!



Tree Lighting Ceremony – Dec. 6

A time-honored tradition in Solvang continues with the lighting of a new Christmas Tree! Join in the festivities with live music and dancers.



Julefest Parade – Dec. 7

Celebrate with Solvang as parade floats will be traveling along the village’s streets. Marching bands, horses and more!



Candlelight Tours – Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

The VIP Candlelight Tours will continue this year to provide special experiences for visitors as they travel up and down the streets of Solvang, singing carols and learning some Danish traditions.



Skål Wine & Stein Stroll – Dec. 14 & 15

Cheers to another fun filled tasting around town! Try local beers, wines & gløgg from some of the finest local creators.



Tree Burning – Jan. 3

A truly unique Solvang event! Come and experience the closing night in grand style. The tree burn is a safety demonstration on how quickly live Christmas trees can burn. Put on with Solvang Parks & Rec and the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.



New Events for 2019:



Dancing Lights & Market - Friday & Saturday Nights

Come and experience downtown Solvang for an unforgettable night along Copenhagen Drive. Watch the lights dance to holiday music as you walk and shop in a truly magical atmosphere.



Julefest Feast – TBD

In a great gathering table along an iconic street of Solvang, you place is set! Celebrated local chefs create an awe-inspiring culinary feast, while you sit under the dancing holiday lights and sip on some of your favorite local wines.



St. Lucia Day – Dec. 13

The traditional candlelight procession will conclude at Solvang Park and will be followed by other parade floats decked out for their nighttime splendor.



Drone Show – Dec. 21

This truly, one-of-a-kind show finds its way to the Santa Ynez Valley, and Solvang is front and center! Watch as hundreds of drones light up the sky with LED lights in a perfectly choregraphed sequence to bring the magic of Julefest to the skies! Grandstand seating will be available at the Mission Santa Ines.



Dansk New Year – Dec. 31

Come and witness the New Year in Denmark while never having to leave Solvang! At 3:00pm (Solvang Time), the clock will strike midnight in Denmark and we will all help celebrate it by watching live on a simulcast of their festivities. There will also be live music to enjoy in the park.