Solvang's Month-long Holiday Celebration, Danish Style
Solvang's Danish-style month-long Holiday Celebration begins now, with tons of new additions and fun-filled events; it runs November 30-January 3.
It’s almost time for Solvang’s annual Julefest Christmas celebration extraordinaire! Held in one of the “Most Christmassy Towns in America” (Time Magazine), Julefest is a month full of lights, celebration, and holiday cheer from November 30 - January 3. Join us for tons of family fun, music, shopping, delicious food, wine & beer, and more. Don’t miss our traditional weekend December 5 - 7, filled with holiday experiences the whole family will love!
Christmas Market Light Show
Dec. 5-7 | 12-14 | 19-21 | 26-28, 6:30-8pm, multiple shows per night
The Christmas Market Light Show will take place on Copenhagen Drive every Thursday through Saturday in December. Shops along Copenhagen Drive and throughout downtown Solvang will be open late for Holiday shopping (and great bargains!) these times as well.
The Light Show will include various sources of light, choreographed to music. There will be multiple shows every night (6:30, 7, 7:30 & 8pm), each with a unique song and light performance. Make sure you catch them all! Watch the Market Light Show here.
Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 6, 5-6:30pm
Come out and help us kick off this holiday season with Solvang's annual Tree Lighting Friday night! The Lighting will take place at Solvang Park (First Street and Mission Drive), the heart of Downtown Solvang.
The Tree Lighting includes various festivities including ballerinas, live entertainment, caroling, and the much anticipated arrival of Santa Claus!
Make sure to visit Santa's Village & Winter Lade (Danish for barn) after the Tree Lighting - fun for the whole family.
December 7, 11am
Celebrate with Solvang as parade floats will be traveling along the village’s streets Saturday morning. Marching bands, horses and more! Join us along with 400+ participants and 50+ contingents as we march and cruise down Mission Dr, Copenhagen Dr, and adjacent streets. Don't miss out on this opportunity to bring more hygge (Danish coziness) into your holiday season, and a free opportunity to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Make sure to join the fun of our ongoing Julefest events like our hunt for Danish gnomes (nisser), visiting Santa in his village, and interactive candlelight tours of quaint Solvang (see ongoing events below).
And don’t miss our brand-new Julefest events in 2019! Aurora Dronealis will bring the excitement of Northern Lights to Solvang in a special light show guaranteed to delight the entire family on December 21. Also, JuleFEAST is a communal dinner served under the stars by Solvang’s best chefs on December 12 and St. Lucia Day’s candlelight procession through town on December 13 will feature floats and marchers decked out in nighttime splendor.
Nov. 30-Jan. 3, anytime
Join in on the city-wide hunt for the mischievous Solvang Nisse (danish for gnome)! This group of Nisser have hidden themselves throughout Downtown Solvang and we need your help tracking them down. Find one, or find them all as you enjoy all that Downtown Solvang has to offer. Fun for the whole family!
All Julefest long, using nisseadventure.com, we will provide clues we have gathered to the various hiding spots the nisse frequents. Once you find each nisse, you will scan a QR code to continue your adventure and at the end, earn a special prize for finding them all.
Santa's Village & Winter Lade
Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, & 21, 12pm-4pm
Santa's Village is open every Saturday leading up to Christmas Day. Come on out to Solvang Park with your little ones to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus with their Christmas lists ready! Pictures with Santa are COMPLETELY FREE! All Santa's Village activites are free.
We will also feature a brand new aspect called "Santa's Lade" (Danish for barn), a winter-wonderland experience featuring REAL snow, live animals (including reindeer on Dec 21!), and holiday treats! Enjoy the wonderful retail and restaurant locations while in Downtown Solvang.
Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, 21, & 28, 5-6pm, VIP 6-7pm
The 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. Guests and Locals will be able to take part in a guided tour led by a costumed guide. Every participant will receive an LED candle to hold while learning about Solvang, listening to Christmas carols, and experiencing the sights and sounds of Christmas. This experience is free and will leave the Visitor's Center at 5pm. All dates are still available for the free tour.
VIP Candlelight Tours will be available for a fee. These tours offer a more intimate experience and a private meet-and-greet with Mr. Claus! Tickets are available here (VIP sold out for Dec 14 & 21).
Get more info on the entire schedule of Solvang Julefest events here!
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