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Solvang’s ‘Shop, Mingle & Jingle’

Start Date:
December 4, 2015 @ 10:00 am
End Date:
December 6, 2015 @ 10:00 pm
Varied Solvang Locations

Solvang, the California Central Coast’s answer to “Christmas Town”, is welcoming holiday shoppers from both near and far, with multiple merchant-driven events and happenings during the month of December. The town will host its third annual holiday shopping spectacular, “Shop, Mingle & Jingle”, once again spreading it over two weekends – Friday through Sunday, December 4 through 6, 2015 and Friday through Sunday, December 11 through 13 – in addition to the monthly Solvang Third Wednesday on Wednesday, December 16, turning Solvang into a holiday shopping wonderland.

Both of the December shopping and added entertainment opportunities will encompass 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 purveyors; restaurants, bakeries and specialty food stores; and pet supply shops. And as always, Solvang boasts ample free parking, the perfect accompaniment to a day and night of smart savings.

The 2015 “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” promotion, which is organized in conjunction with Solvang’s annual Julefest Celebration (December 4, 2015 through January 8, 2016), will once again feature an Opportunity Drawing for a Solvang Gift Basket. One winner will be chosen from entries received during each of the two “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” weekends (two winners, total), with each winner taking home a basket brimming with iconic Solvang goods, valued at more than $250.00. Raffle entrants must meet minimum spending requirements at participating Solvang “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” merchants and restaurants, encouraging guests to “Shop Small. Shop Local. Save Money.” Full raffle details and rules, may be found at www.solvangthirdwednesday.com/shop-mingle-jingle.

During this year’s “Shop, Mingle & Jingle”, December 4-6 and December 11-13, 20+ of the town’s merchants will welcome celebratory shoppers with open houses, extended hours, exclusive “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” deals, free gift wrapping, and gratis, edible goodies.

A portion of the participating businesses will extend hours well into the evening for the “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” weekends (some as late as 9:00 PM), with a few open until 10:00 PM or 11:00 PM (The Good Life – Craft Beer & Wine Cellar, 11:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, 9:00 PM on Sundays; Wandering Dog Wine Bar, 10:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 PM on Sundays; The Landsby’s lobby lounge, with a bar menu available until 11:00 PM).

A wide variety of “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” participants are offering exclusive-to-“Shop, Mingle & Jingle” deals, while some are also offering free gift wrapping with purchase (The Book Loft, Design Alternatives, The Home Connection, Thomas Kinkade Places in the Heart, Treats Clothing Boutique, Valley Hardware, ZFolio Gallery).

As added shopping fuel, certain “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” participants will offer guests free snacks, such as sweets, sparkling wine, hot cider, homemade desserts and hors d’oeuvres (A Piece of the Past, Design Alternatives, The Home Connection, Treats Clothing Boutique, Wildling Museum). The Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards tasting room will also host a special “no-charge-for-locals” Julefest Open House, to include wine tastings and bites (Friday, December 5; 5:00 PM-8:00 PM).

In an effort to entice visitors to “Sip. Sparkle. Shop Solvang.” – into the night – some of the “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” participants will feature live music and entertainment during the special event, like a shopping party at The Home Connection, featuring musical entertainment in the store’s courtyard (Saturday, December 5; 5:00 PM-8:00 PM); Christmas caroling at the Wildling Museum (Saturday, December 5); and other live music performances spread throughout both weekends at The Good Life and Royal Oaks Winery.

The Wildling Museum will help “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” guests to keep their naturally artistic, holiday juices flowing with a Saturday, December 5 Special Open House – with free admission – and a Holiday Marketplace featuring local artists and handcrafted gifts. Other “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” activities and passtimes include a Vintage Bead Trunk Show and beaded craft classes at Mie’s Beads (days and times vary); and a bubbly Holiday Sparkling flight with cheese pairing, or Red Wine flight paired with chocolate truffles, at Wandering Dog Wine Bar.

Wandering Dog Wine Bar will also appeal to animal lovers with their Saturday, December 5 pet picture opportunity: after the Julefest Parade, and until 3:30 PM, guests may bring their furry, feathered and/or scaled friends to Wandering Dog Wine Bar for a photo op with Santa, all to benefit the Santa Ynez Valley Humane Society.

Visitors and locals who miss Solvang’s “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” festivities can catch up on last-minute holiday gift-buying during the December edition of Solvang’s monthly “Third Wednesday”, Wednesday, December 16, which will include monthly Third Wednesday deals at local merchants and restaurants; the weekly Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market; the monthly Solvang Third Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk; Solvang Third Wednesday discounts at local hotels; as well as another free Learning at Lunch seminar, held in conjunction with the City of Solvang.

For a detailed rundown of businesses participating in Solvang’s “Shop, Mingle & Jingle”, their associated offerings or deals, and a schedule of live music, open houses and other events set to occur during the two-weekend promotion, visit: www.solvangthirdwednesday.com/shop-mingle-jingle.

More information about all Solvang Third Wednesday happenings, and a complete listing of discount offers and events, is available at www.solvangthirdwednesday.com. Solvang Third Wednesday is on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/SolvangThirdWednesday and twitter.com/CityOfSolvang. Free brochures are also available at the Solvang Visitors Center, 1639 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang, CA 93463.

Solvang’s ‘Shop, Mingle & Jingle’ Location