Julefest returns for a month-long holiday celebration for the village of Solvang beginning November 26, 2022 and running through January 6, 2023.

This holiday celebration harkens back to a simpler time and holiday memories of days gone by. Visiting the quaint village of Solvang during Julefest is a walk through a vintage postcard and a Hallmark movie at the same time.

Nightly Light & Music Show

Solvang Park

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November 26th-January 6th

A 10 minute light show on the hour every hour from 5- 9pm. This features an automated light show with holiday music.

1630 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463

Photos with Santa

Solvang Park

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Come and meet Santa on Saturdays from 12-4pm Sundays from 11am-3pm. The last day to meet Santa is Saturday December 18th. Bring your family for some photos with Santa free of charge!

1630 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463

Nisse Adventure

Solvang Visitor Center

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Pick up clues at the Solvang Visitors Center.

1637-1639 Copenhagen Dr.

Candlelight Tours

Solvang Visitor Center

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DATES:
Saturday November 26th from 5-6:30pm
Saturday December 3rd from 5-6:30pm
Friday December 9th from 5-6:30pm
Friday December 16th from 5-6:30pm
Saturday December 17th from 5-6:30pm
Friday December 23rd from 5-6:30pm

Take part in an evening candlelight walking tour and experience the sights, sounds, and even some tastes of Christmas in Solvang.
Tickets are $36 and you can purchase them here.

1637-1639 Copenhagen Dr, Solvang, CA 93463

Tree lighting Ceremony

Solvang Park

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xDecember 2nd from 5 - 6:30PM

This is not part of the everyday light show! Watch as The City of Solvang’s tree is lit up for the Holidays. There will be dancers and music performances.

1630 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463

Julefest Parade

Solvang Park

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December 3rd from 11am - 12:30pm

Come watch as downtown Solvang transforms into the Julefest parade with floats, cars, horses, dancers and more! There will be an award ceremony for participants of the parade at 1pm.

Are you interested in participating in the Parade? Click here for an application.

Santa Ynez Valley Jazz Band

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December 5th from 4–5pm
December 9th from 4–6pm
December 10th from 11am–1pm
December 12th from 4–5pm
December 16th from 4–5pm
December 17th from 11am–1pm

Roaming entertainment

Central Coast Harmony Chorus

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December 3rd from 6–8:30pm
December 9th from 6–8:30pm
December 16th from 6–8:30pm
December 23rd from 6:30pm-8:30pm
December 27th from 3:30pm-5:30pm

Roaming entertainment

Artisanal Night Marketplace

Solvang Park

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December 7th from 6-8pm
Shop from local artists while enjoying a musical performance.

1630 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463

Solvang Nativity Spectacular

Solvang Theaterfest

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December 10th

There will be two performances celebrating Solvang traditions. The first performance starts at 5pm and the next starts at 7pm. Early entrance tickets are available here.

420 2nd St, Solvang, CA 93463

Christmas Lights & Sights

Solvang - Veterans Memorial Hall

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December 14th tours leave at 6pm & 7:30pm
Tours meet at the Veterans Memorial Hall in the Vets Hall parking lot.
Christmas light tour through the San Ynez Valley. See the festive decorations while enjoying Christmas music and hot chocolate!

Tickets must be purchased in advance, please click here

1745 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463

Danish dancers

Jensen Square

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December 17th from 3-4pm

Makers Market

Elverhøj Museum of History & Art

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December 10th & 17th from 11am - 5pm

Meet the artisans and crafters while shopping a variety of work made locally and sustainably.

1624 Elverhoy Way in Solvang

Solvang Tree Burn

Mission Parking lot

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January 6th from 5-7pm

1760 Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 93463

There are plenty of places to stay when planning your holiday getaway.

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