You may have noticed the nip in the air this week yet it feels perfect for the start of 2015 Solvang Julefest! Say Yule-fest and you’ll sound like a native! This Friday (12/4/15) at 5:00 p.m. you and your family are invited to join the festivities as we light the Community Tree in Solvang Park during a free ceremony featuring caroling, live entertainment and dancing ballerinas. And you & yours need to experience the Julefest Parade this Saturday (12/5/15) at 11:00 a.m. with 300+ participants marching, rolling, trotting and strolling thru downtown Solvang. It starts at the Vets Hall heading west along festively decorated Mission Drive; to Fourth Place then east on Copenhagen Drive back to Alisal Road and the Old Mission. I’m really looking forward to announcing the Julefest parade again, too!
Plus, there will be free visits with Santa in Solvang Park (Mission Drive & First Street). When you arrive, it’s first come, first seated with the jolly old elf. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moments! Here’s when: Friday, 12/4/15 from 4:00-8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 12/5/15 from 12:30-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12/6/15 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; then next weekend on Saturday, 12/12/15 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12/13/15 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Other Julefest festivities include the Holiday Wine & Beer Walk (December 12 & 13) as well as the traditional Nativity Pageant (December 12) and Shop, Mingle & Jingle retail specials. Julefest concludes with the Annual Christmas Tree Burn on 1/8/16. All Solvang Julefest events are open to the public with free admission (except Julefest Wine & Beer Walk). For more info, please call 805-688-6144; stop by the Solvang Visitors Center at 1639 Copenhagen Drive (open daily 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) or visit www.SolvangUSA.com/julefest