Time Magazine’s “Most Christmas-y Town in America” will sparkle with thousands of sparkling white lights, creating a gorgeous scene that earned the beloved town its title. Most events are open to the public with free admission, with the exception of Solvang on Ice, S’moresFest!, and the Holiday Wine Walks.
December 1st-December 31st
The 100 Trees of Julefest
The 100 Trees of Julefest creates a kaleidoscope of decorated foliage at 100 businesses throughout the Village. Stroll among the uniquely decorated trees, and let it inspire your own holiday spirit!
Throughout the village, more than 150 one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty shops offer everything from clogs to Danish porcelain to handmade lace, leather, iron art, jewelry, clothing, elegant antiques and collectibles. Unique toy stores offer playful options for stocking stuffers and kids of all ages. The incredible variety makes Solvang a perfect destination to shop for holiday gifts.
Solvang on Ice
Practice your triple axle, and join us at Solvang's FIRST Ice Skating Rink located next to our gorgeous Village Christmas Tree in Solvang Park.
Be sure to reserve your tickets early, as this event has a high potential of sell-out.
The rink will operate daily between December 6th and 8th, between 9:00am-9:45pm. Each session is 45 minutes. Tickets: Child (12 and under) $9/Adult (13 and up) $12 Price includes skate rental.
Friday, December 6th at 5:00pm
Annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony
Julefest sparkles with the annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony of the city’s 50-foot evergreen in Solvang Park.Enjoy free live entertainment with ballerinas, bands, caroling and the arrival of Santa Claus!
Saturday, December 7th
Solvang Christmas ParadeThe Annual Solvang Christmas Parade begins at 11am. This year's entries include Danish dancers, musical groups, vintage vehicles, horses, carriages and animals! Santa Claus will be available for visits and photos in Solvang Park post-parade.
The parade originates
at Old Mission Santa Ines (1760 Mission Drive), travels west on Mission
Drive (Highway 246), turns left on Fourth Place, turns left on
Copenhagen Drive, then left on Alisal, and ends on Mission Drive.
Saturday December 14th & Sunday December 15th
Holiday Wine Walk
"Worth the Drive" by NBC LA, the Solvang Holiday Wine Walk features 13
wine tasting rooms hosting a wine tasting walk throughout the village
from 11am-4pm both days. Stroll among the shops, and lights as you get a bit of a Taste of Solvang!
Tickets available for $40 per person for the 2-day pass include a souvenir wine glass.
Saturday, December 14th 4:00-7:00 pm
S’moresFest! is brand new to the Julefest line-up, and promises a sweet time!
Solvang Park in Downtown Solvang will transfer into a veritable candy land; as
attendees will be able to roast their own marshmallows, and create their own
tasty customized S’more from a selection of locally produced candy and baked
Local favorites, The Molly Ringwald Project will be rocking S'moresFest! with some kicked up holiday tunes. S'moresFest! is sure to be fun for the entire family!
Tickets are available for sale beginning October 1st, and are priced at $10 prior to event day, and $15 at the door. Ticket includes 2 S’mores, hot chocolate, and entertainment.
Saturday, December 14th
The “Christmas Story” comes to life in the Nativity Pageant at the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater (420 Second Street). Enjoy a choir, actors in traditional costumes, and live animals on stage. There are two FREE performances at 5pm and 7pm, with seating on a first come, first entertained basis.
In the unlikely event of rain, performances will be held at an alternate location.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Annual Christmas Tree Burn
Christmas Tree Burn brought to you by the Solvang Parks & Recreation Department, starts at 6pm in the fields of Old Mission Santa
Inés, 1760 Mission Drive. The Annual burn, supervised by the Santa Barbara County Fire
Department is one of the largest fire safety demonstrations and community
gatherings on California's Central Coast. All area residents are invited to
bring their tree (stands & ornaments must be removed) to the burn pile
between January 6-10, 2014; and then join together to see this powerful
spectacle ignite the New Year and herald the end of Solvang's Julefest
Celebration. Please contact the Solvang Parks & Recreation for more information, 805-688-5575