Solvang Julefest
Solvang Julefest
Solvang Julefest
Solvang Julefest
Solvang Julefest

Solvang Julefest

One of the top 10 most "Christmassy" towns in America! Enjoy a variety of delightful lights and spirited events during its annual Julefest (Yule-Fest) every December.

Presented by the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau

 Visit Santa Wine & Beer Walk Nativity 


Nisse Adventure

Begin your Nisse Adventure at the Solvang Visitor’s Center. Families will be able to explore Solvang while trying to find those mischievous elf-like Danish figures, the Jule Nisse. Search for Nisse hidden in different locations around town with a map providing clues to their next location. Once you find all of the Nisse, come back to the Visitor’s Center for a prize.

This is a free activity that families may do on their own schedule. 

December 1 - 3, 8 - 10, and 15 - 17, 2017

Shop, Mingle & Jingle

presented by the Solvang Chamber of Commerce

Solvang welcomes holiday shoppers with special events and entertainment. Discounts and deals at Solvang merchants of all sorts, such as art shops and galleries; book-sellers; wine tasting rooms; wine and beer bars; clothing, shoes and accessories boutiques; home furniture, décor and hardware; jewelers and antique stops; and restaurants, bakeries and specialty food stores, plus FREE parking.


DECEMBER 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 

Candlelight Tours 

Solvang was named one of the “Top 10 Most Christmassy Towns in America.” Now guests will be able to take part in a tour guided by a costumed tour guide with everyone holding a battery powered LED candle. Learning about Solvang, listening to traditional Christmas carols, and experiencing the sights of all the Christmas lights will make this a magical addition to Julefest.
This is a free activity that will leave the Visitor’s Center at 5:00pm. 
There is a max limit of 20 guests per tour. 

December 2, 9, 16, 23, 26 & 28-30 

Live Music in the Park (Wandering)

brought to you by the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau and the Solvang Chamber of Commerce

Come and enjoy some fun holiday music at Solvang Park or maybe even experience strolling musicians and singers walking up and down the street as you shop. 
This is a free activity that provides added atmosphere to the city.  
Music will be from 1 PM to 4 PM.

DECEMBER 9 and 16

Visit Santa Claus

sponsored by Waste Management

Take your own free photos with Santa in Solvang Park, 10 AM - 4PM.

Solvang Julefest Wine & Beer Walk

December 9 - 10, 2017, 11 AM - 4 PM

Skål Stroll!
2-day passport Julefest Wine & Beer Walk

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If you’re looking for the best wine and beer that Solvang has to offer, then partake in our Skål Stroll!

This holiday season, 16 participating wineries and breweries will help keep you in good spirits. You also will get to be the judge for some of the wineries are uncorking their traditional Gløgg making skills.

This is a new tradition you won’t want to miss. 

Tickets are $45. It includes tastings at all locations and a souvenir glass.  The event is for 11:00am – 4:00pm both days. All ticketed guests must empty glasses before continuing.
There are no special provisions required for this event.

Save your email confirmation, it is your ticket to enter the event. 

Wine Stops

Cali Love, Casa Cassara, Crosshatch, Dascomb Cellars, Feliz Noche Cellars, Lions Peak Vineyards, Lucas & Lewellen, Lucky Dogg Wine Bar, Olive House, Presidio Winery, Royal Oaks, Sort this Out Wine Cellars, The Good Life, Toccata, Wandering Dog Wine Bar

Beer Stops

Copenhagen Sausage Garden, Solvang Brewery, The Backroom at Valley Brewers, The Good Life, Wandering Dog Wine Bar

Glogg Stops

Cali Love, Casa Cassara, Lions Peak Vineyards, Presidio Winery, Royal Oaks, Sort this Out Wine Cellars, The Good Life, Wandering Dog Wine Bar

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December 9, 2017 - Saturday

The Solvang Nativity Pageant

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Admission is FREE! Bring the whole family! Click here for more information about the Solvang Nativity Pageant Musical Performances.

Two shows:
5 PM & 7 PM at Solvang Festival Theater, 420 Second Street

Admission is FREE! Enjoy an elaborate stage presentation of the nativity story featuring live animals, musical accompaniment, and narration. 

December 11 or 12, 6 - 7:15 PM or 7:30 - 8:45pm

“Holiday Lights Tour”

Join us for a Christmas light tour throught the Santa Ynez Valley. Enjoy the holiday spirit exhibited by the many exciting home displays. Catch the “Holiday Lights Tour” at the Vet's Hall parking lot, presented by Solvang Parks & Recreation Department.  
$13 per person. Call 805-688-PLAY.

Solvang Third Wednesday Farmers Market
DECEMBER 16 - Visit With Santa

Photos with Santa, 10 AM - 4PM.


December 20, 2017

Third Wednesday and Farmer's Market

Enjoy Solvang Third Wednesday deals at local merchants including boutiques of all sorts, restaurants and gourmet food purveyors; the weekly Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market from 2:00-6:00 p.m.; the popular Solvang Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk from 3:00-7:00 p.m.; and Solvang Third Wednesday discounts at local hotels.


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Friday, January 5, 2018

Solvang Christmas Tree Burn

Attend the FREE annual Solvang Christmas Tree Burn in the fields at Old Mission Santa Ines, 1760 Mission Drive in downtown Solvang from 

5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, January 5, 2018. Event 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. There will be free, live entertainment as well as refreshments for purchase. Join together to see this powerful spectacle ignite the New Year and herald the end of Solvang's annual Julefest Celebration.

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