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2017 Solvang Julefest

Start Date:
December 1, 2017 @ 8:00 am
End Date:
January 5, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

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.

DECEMBER 1 – 3, 8 – 10, AND 15 – 17, 2017

Shop, Mingle & Jingle

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 1, 2017

Solvang Julefest Tree Lighting

Julefest sparkles with the annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony – Held in Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street) starting at 5pm, enjoy free live entertainment with dancing ballerinas, bands, caroling and the arrival of Santa Claus to Solvang.

Photos with Santa, 4 – 6PM.

DECEMBER 2, 2017

Solvang Julefest Parade

Solvang Julefest Parade, 11 AM – Along the route of the annual Solvang Julefest Parade. 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 as well as free, post-parade visits with Santa in Solvang Park. Contact: info@solvangusa.com 805-688-6144

Photos with Santa, 12:30 – 4PM.



Photos with Santa, 10 AM – 4PM.


Solvang Julefest Wine & Beer Walk

DECEMBER 9 – 10, 2017, 11 AM – 4 PM

2-day passport Julefest Wine & Beer Walk

Buy Tickets Now!

2-day wine and beer tasting passport at more than 13 wine tasting rooms in Solvang.
Save your email confirmation, it is your ticket to enter the event.

Casa Cassara, Dascomb Cellars, Lions Peak Vineyards, Lucas & Lewellen, Lucky Dogg Winery, Olive House, Pace Wine Tasting, Presidio Winery, Royal Oaks, Sevtap Winery, Sort This Out Cellars, The Good Life, Toccata, Wanding Dog Wine Bar


Solvang Julefest Live Nativity Pageant


The Community Nativity Pageant

Admission is FREE! Bring the whole family! Click here for more information about the 2016 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 through 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


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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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. this Friday, January 5, 2017. 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.

2017 Solvang Julefest Location