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Solvang Julefest 2019

The top 15 things to do in 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.


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Julefest is a month full of lights, celebration, and holiday cheer. Join us in Solvang for tons of family fun, music, shopping, delicious food, wine and beer, holiday open houses and more.  

Here are the top 14 things to do during Julefest 2019 in Solvang, CA:

1.  Skål Stroll 2-Day Wine & Beer Walk - 

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December 14 - 15, 2019, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Various locations in Solvang Danish Village

wine stroll

If you’re looking for the best wine and beer that Solvang has to offer, then partake in our 2019 Solvang Julefest Wine & Beer Walk Skål Stroll!

Get your 2-day passport to 15+ wineries, tasting rooms and breweries. Here’s what they are featuring:

  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Gløgg

You will get to judge local wineries as they uncork traditional Gløgg for the holidays. Tickets price TBD and include tastings at all locations and a souvenir glass.  

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2.  VIP Candlelight Tours 

Tours begin Saturday November 30th, then held on Saturdays in December
Tours leave from Solvang Park

VIP Candlelight Tours of Solvang. They are a behind-the-scenes, heritage, walking, and caroling tour of the downtown village of Solvang led by costumed tour guides. The tours conclude with a private reception with Santa Claus, complete with hot cocoa and cookies.

Tickets are $25 per person (Children aged 2 and under are free) and groups are limited to 26 people. Souvenir LED candles are included. Exact tour locations, dates, and times TBD.

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3. Visit Santa in Solvang Park

Saturdays, December 
Solvang Park

santa in solvang

Tell your little ones to get their wishes ready because Santa will be in Solvang Park on Saturdays in December leading up to Christmas. Take your photo with Mr. & Mrs. Claus too! While you’re downtown, explore some of our other shopping options and family activities.

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4. The Solvang Nativity Pageant

Saturday December 7 & 8 -  Times TBD
Solvang Festival Theater

Enjoy an elaborate stage presentation of the nativity story featuring live animals, musical accompaniment, and narration. Bring the whole family! There are two performances, one at 5:00 pm and one at 7:00 pm at the Solvang Festival Theater - 420 Second Street. Seating is filled on a first-come, first-entertained basis.

5. Solvang Julefest Parade

December 7, 2019, 11 AM
Downtown Solvang

Watch more than 400 participants and 50 entries march, trot, cruise, and stroll along festively decorated Mission Drive, Copenhagen Drive and adjacent streets. Thousands of spectators from near and far enjoy the parade every year as well as free post-parade visits with Santa in Solvang Park from 12:30 until 4:00 pm. For more information contact us at or call (805) 688-6144.

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6. Solvang Julefest Tree Lighting

December 6, 2019
First Street & Mission Drive

The holiday season kicks off with a tree lighting on Friday, December 6th from 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm at First Street & Mission Drive in Solvang. Enjoy free live entertainment to get you into the spirit of Julefest. The evening includes dancing ballerinas, bands, caroling, and of course the arrival of Santa Claus in Solvang.

7. Shop, Mingle & Jingle

December 7-9 and 14-16
Downtown Solvang

shop mingle

Solvang welcomes holiday shoppers with special events and entertainment and great gift ideas. You’ll find 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, hardware, jewelry and antique shops, restaurants, bakeries and specialty food stores. Plus, there’s free parking! This event is presented by the Solvang Chamber of Commerce and takes place December 7-9 and December 14-16.

8. Holiday Lights Tour 

Date TBD
Meet at Vets Hall Parking Lot

Join us for a Christmas light tour through the Santa Ynez Valley. Enjoy the many exciting home displays that get you into the Christmas spirit! Christmas music and hot chocolate are sure to be served. No Grinches allowed! 

More details as they become available.

9. Nisse Adventure

November 29, 2019-January 5, 2020
Solvang Visitor’s Center

Explore Solvang and see if you can find those mischievous elf-like Danish figures, the Jule Nisser! This is a fun free, self-guided activity that families can do at their own pace.  

Jigsaw puzzle - Jule Nisse

From November 29th, through the entire month of December, these festive little elves will be hidden in different locations around Solvang with a map providing clues to each location. Take a picture of each Nisse, and once you find all of the Nisser, return to the Solvang Visitor’s Center and show them your pictures for a little Julefest Nisser Hunt prize. 

Have some fun with the Jule Nisse puzzle, click on the image to access the puzzle.





10. Farmers Market & Third Wednesday

Wednesdays in December
First Street in Solvang

The Solvang Farmers Market takes place on Wednesdays from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm offering farm-fresh fare including produce, baked goods,  and more. The popular Solvang Third Wednesday on December 18th runs from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm and will offer even more festivities with deals, such as, local hotels, restaurants, and merchants, plus ongoing beer and wine walks.

11. Live Music in the Park

Various Dates throughout December
Solvang Park and Downtown 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm

music in park

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 during Julefest. Presented by the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau and Solvang Chamber of Commerce.

12. Two Celebrations In One Holiday Concert

Dates and times TBD

Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, youth ensemble and a professional orchestra will present a “twofer” - a joyful program of classical (and not so classical) holiday music celebrating Christmas and the Chorale's 40th anniversary.  
To celebrate the holidays, the Chorale and orchestra will present Bach’s powerful Magnificat, an exuberant and dramatic composition written in Leipzig for 1723 Christmas vespers followed by more contemporary and lyrical compositions and holiday carols.  The Valley Wind Ensemble, Mystique (a local, girls’ acapella group) and the Chorale’s youth ensemble will contribute to the celebration with their own selections and, the youth ensemble will close the concert with a carol sing-along.

13. Fire Safety Demonstration & Christmas Tree Burn

Friday, January 3, 2019
Old Mission Santa Ines

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 pm - 7:00 pm on Friday January 3, 2019. The 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 fire safety demonstration for the New Year and herald the end of Solvang's annual Julefest Celebration.


To view all our upcoming events, visit the Solvang Events Calendar. Start planning your stay for Julefest with the perfect hotel or accommodations



We recommend patrons take City of Solvang transit partners to and from the events.

Take transit to this event: Santa Ynez Valley Transit (, Wine Country Express (, Breeze 200 (

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