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Free ballet performance during the annual tree-lighting ceremony in Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street). Solvang Tree Lighting Ceremony is usually held in late November or early December on a Friday night.


2009 Solvang Christmas Winterfest Julefest Events

Solvang transforms annually into a European-style Christmas setting, just in time for its annual Winterfest Celebration. The village streets and shops are aglow with illuminated twinkling lights that lend to holiday celebrating in the old-fashioned  Christmas village that remains decorated from Thanksgiving through New Years Day. Solvang , California, USA's Julefest Celebration, has transformed into a Northern European-style Christmas village with “ Village of Music ” free concerts, holiday musicals and caroling complemented by many open houses at local businesses and special events throughout the season.


Solvang, known as the Danish Capital of America, celebrates Christmas by offering annual traditions local families and vacationers seek. Carolers emerge around corners and street musicians enhance the authentic scene of this free event that's open to the public (except where admission fee is specifically noted).

ONGOING: November -December


Holiday musicals, open houses and special events will take place throughout the season.



Time: 2:30-6 p.m. Wednesdays

First Street between Mission and Copenhagen Drives. Santa Claus is scheduled to visit on December 9 & 16.

SOLVANG TROLLEY & CARRIAGE – Evening holiday light-sighting tours and caroling rides. Fee. 805-794-8958

- Lobby, Royal Scandinavian Inn, 400 Alisal Road. Fourth generation-Danish baker Bent Olsen of Olsen's Danish Village Bakery created this impressive 8-foot by 11-foot gingerbread house using an estimated 250 lbs. of gingerbread dough, 150 lbs. of powdered sugar and 3 gallons of egg whites.


Friday, December 4, 2009

SOLVANG JULEFEST TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY- 5 PM, Solvang Park , corner of Mission Dr. (HWY 246) and First St . This year's theme--the Village of Music ! Live entertainment coordinated by Alan Satchwell including Santa Ynez Valley Union High School Choir, Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church Choir and Fossemalle Dancers. Special visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Gingersnaps (brunekage) provided by Olsen’s Danish Village Bakery. Enjoy merchant open house events, as well.

EDELWEISS GERMAN CHOIR OF SANTA BARBARA AT BETHANIA LUTHERAN CHURCH - 7:30 PM, 603 Atterdag Rd., Free Christmas concert, all ages welcome.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

SOLVANG JULEFEST PARADE- 11 AM - Parade begins at Mission Santa Ines, travels west on Mission Dr., turns left on 4th Street, turns left on Copenhagen Dr. and concludes at the Solvang Post Office on Alisal Rd. Featuring local groups, bands, vehicles and Santa & Mrs. Claus (as Grand Marshalls this year), who will be in Solvang Park following the parade for visitation & photographs.


GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP & COOKIE DECORATING – 1–5 PM Solvang Bakery 460 Alisal Rd. Make your own or purchase readymade. 805-688-4939

WANDERING DOG WINE BAR - PORT TASTING WITH CHEESE & WINE - 11 AM – 7 PM, 1539-C Mission Dr . Back by popular demand, get the holidays started with some yummy ports! 805-686-9126

OWEN PLANT OF THE SUNSHINE BOYS FREE CONCERT – 2 PM, Corner of Copenhagen Drive & First Street . Featuring Jamaican and contemporary songs.

HOME CONNECTION HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE - 5-8 PM, 425 Alisal Rd. #D. Refreshments and Holiday entertainment. Plus specials throughout the store. 805-686-4553

PRESIDIO WINERY HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE - 6–8:30 PM, 1603 Copenhagen Dr. #1 . Free for Wine Club Members, $8 for public. Enjoy new release wines, holiday treats and special discounts. 805-693-8585


Thursday, December 10, 2009

GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP & COOKIE DECORATING- 1-5 PM –Solvang Bakery 460 Alisal Rd., Make your own or purchase already decorated. 805-688-4939

Friday, December 11, 2009

SANTA YNEZ VALLEY JAZZ BAND FREE CONCERT - 5–6 PM, Solvang Park Gazebo, corner of Mission Dr. (HWY 246) and First St. Holiday medley of favorites.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

BEAUTE POTPOURRI OPEN HOUSE - 11 AM – 4 PM, 1693 Mission Drive . Sample Salon Services, Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and champagne, plus storewide sale. 805-688-5221

WANDERING DOG WINE BAR OPEN HOUSE - 12–7 PM, 1539 Mission Dr. Get ideas for holiday parties with our themed wine and cheese tasting! $15 Wine Society; $20 Public. 805-686-9126

MIRABELLE INN & RESTAURANT OPEN HOUSE - 3–5 PM, 409 First Street . “Meet the Artist” Royanna Robertson and experience her paintings. Complimentary wine tasting, appetizers & entertainment. 805-688-1703

NATIVITY PAGEANT – SOLVANG FESTIVAL THEATER- Performances at 5 PM & 7 PM, 420 Second St. Produced by a community group, this 23rd annual event includes choir, actors in elaborate costumes, and live animals. Fossemalle Dancers perform recital at 4 PM. Free admission, first come, first seated. Rain cancels this event 800-468-6765

Thursday, December 17, 2009

SOLVANG TROLLEY & CARRIAGE FREE RIDE DAY – Times & route info: 805-794-8958

Friday, December 18, 2009

SOLVANG WINTER SOLSTICE CAROL SING & CANDLE LIGHTING 6 PM - Solvang Park at the corner of Mission Dr. (HWY 246) and First St. Join in the singing and celebration featuring the Lamplighters A Capella choir.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

VALLEY WIND ENSEMBLE CHRISTMAS BRASS FREE CONCERT – 11 AM at Corner of Copenhagen Drive & First Street PLUS 1 PM at Corner of Copenhagen Drive & Atterdag Road .

SOLVANG VILLAGE DANCERS PERFORMANCE - 12–2 PM, Corner of Copenhagen Drive & Alisal Road .


WANDERING DOG WINE BAR – THIRD ANNUAL SPARKLING TASTING - 11 AM – 7 PM 1539-C Mission Dr. Stock up for New Year’s with some amazing sparkling wines, each paired with a gourmet cheese! Plus local artists hand crafted designs will be on display. $15 - Wine Society $20 - General Public 805-686-9126

SHEPHERD OF THE VALLEY LUTHERAN CHURCH CAROLING IN THE PARK – 5- 7 PM, Corner of Mission Dr. (HWY 246) and First Street in Solvang Park. All are welcome to join in song.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

HOLIDAY HORNS BRASS QUINTET FREE CONCERT – 12-2 PM, Corner of Copenhagen Drive & Alisal Rd

Friday, January 8, 2010

SOLVANG ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE BURN 6 PM, fields of Old Mission Santa Ines, 1760 Mission Drive

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department will supervise the burn at one of the largest fire safety demonstrations and community gatherings on the Central Coast . All area residents are invited to bring their tree (stands & ornaments must be removed) to the burn pile between January 1-7, 2010. Fire Department info: 805-686-8184

Many open houses, holiday musicals, and special events will be taking place throughout the season. For more information and a printed 2009 Julefest Program, please call the Solvang Conference and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-468-6765 or 805-688-6144 or visit
Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau, Box 70 , Solvang , CA 93464
Visitor Center: 1639 Copenhagen Drive, Solvang, CA
TOLL-FREE: 1-800-468-6765

The Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau promotes the culture, cuisine, shopping, arts and attractions of the village known as the "Danish Capital of America," centrally located in Santa Barbara County, California.
Major sponsor of the 2009 Julefest is Solvang’s Wine Valley Inn with support from the City of Solvang and other area businesses.






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