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Solvang...California's Danish-style Christmas Town

Nestled in southern California’s Santa Ynez Valley is the Danish-style village of Solvang. It’s not just the architecture that transports you to Old World Denmark, it’s the distinctive food, traditions and even the giant windmill. 

Make sure to try a Kringle! It’s our favorite!

Founded in 1911, the Danish settlement just north of Santa Barbara is one of California’s top tourist destinations that really lights up in December.

A Town That Looks Like No Other

The city goes all out for its annual Julefest (prounounced Yule-Fest), which features a variety of spirited events and jaw-dropping lights that are sure to make you feel holly and jolly. The month-long celebration includes candlelight tours, Mingle & Jingle weekends, a Wine & Beer Walk, live nativity pageant, free visits with Santa Claus and more.

The Magic in the Sky

One of magical events is the Aurora Dronealis, southern California’s first Christmas Drone show. Hundreds of autonomous drone light up the sky in a choreographed show that is visible from 5 miles in every direction. The 15 minute spectacular highlights favorite holiday imagery and includes a custom soundtrack.   

A True Christmas Destination

It’s no wonder by Readers Digest named the city “The Best Christmas Town in California” and the New York Post called Solvang one of “The 10 best Christmas Towns in America.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, events are subject to change. Julefest will be happening in some capacity this year, but for more updates head to:

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