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Women’s Club Holiday Luncheon – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at SY Historical Museum – Featuring the culinary talents of Tracy Fleming, as well as the bazaar with gifts, decor, jewelry and more. Price is $45 for members, $50 for non-members rsvp to 

The Mythology of Christmas – 5:30 -7 p.m. at Solvang Library – Mythologist, cultural historian, author, and blogger ( Arthur George will discuss the ancient and medieval mythology underlying the Christmas story and our Christmas holiday customs in this free illustrated lecture. Solvang Library, 1745 Mission Drive, Solvang; 805-688-4214

Public Engagement Workshop – 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Solvang City Hall 1644 Oak St. Discuss the impact of tourism on the community along with recommendations in moving forward with tourism marketing and events, rebranding and business. Visit Communication page for surveys and more information. 

5 – 7

The ghost of Banquo haunts Macbeth: Jake Gildred as Macbeth, Kiasra Costarelli as Lady Macbeth, and Lauren Thorburn as Banquo.

Macbeth – 7 – 9:30 p.m. at SYHS Little Theatre – Come see the SYHS theater students perform this classic Shakespeare tale. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for adults and $5 for students. This production may not be appropriate for younger children.


Solvang Tree Lighting – 5 – 7:30 p.m. at Solvang Park – Enjoy this festive event that celebrates Julefest in Solvang with dancers, live music and more. 

98 Degrees – 8 p.m. at the Chumash Casino – A special evening with 90’s pop and R&B band 98 Degrees. Tickets are available at 


Julefest Parade – 11 a.m. in downtown Solvang – Keep the Julefest spirit going by enjoying the holiday parade that will go down Mission Drive back up Copenhagen Drive. To register to be in the parade visit. 

Free Nutrition and Diabetes Education – 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at SYV Cottage Hospital – Making Sense of the Mediterranean Diet – Contact  Stacey Bailey directly at 805-694-2351. 

Santa’s Village – 12 – 4 p.m. at Solvang Park. Visit Santa and Mrs. Clause and enjoy face painting and gift wrapping. For more info visit 

Family School students made several gingerbread houses for the auction during Los Olivos’ Olde Fashioned Christmas.

Los Olivos Old Fashioned Christmas – 12 – 7 p.m. – Created for the entire family, there will be a variety of attractions for the kids and an abundance of Christmas shopping (and Christmas Cheer!) for the adults. The town tree lighting is in the middle of town at 6pm! Visit for details. 

Wildling Holiday Family Day – 1 – 4 p.m. at the Wildling Museum – Beginning at 1 p.m., families are invited to stop by for a special meet and greet photo opportunity with the Wildling Snow Queen, courtesy of Parties and Paint by Kate, along with a polar bear. At 1:30 p.m. the Snow Queen will lead a winter-themed story time in the second floor Valley Oak gallery. Visit for more. 

Solvang Nativity Pageant – 5 – 8:30 p.m. at Solvang Festival Theater – also known as the “Christmas Story” comes to life in at the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater at 420 Second Street. Enjoy a choir, actors in traditional costumes, and live animals on stage. Visit for tickets and more. 

7 & 8 

Fairy and Frog Open House – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 1607 Mission Dr. #109-110. Come for refreshments and enter the holiday raffle. Call 805-697-7869 for details. 


Buellton Winterfest – All day – This fun family experience starts with Breakfast with Santa from 9 – 11 a.m. at Buellton Rec Center; then visit the Holiday Village from 4 – 7 p.m. on Avenue of Flags for the vendor showcase an 20 tons of snow with the Tree Lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. Visit for more details. 

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Cookie and Peppermint will live temporarily near the Santa Barbara Zoo’s hilltop this holiday season until Jan. 1.

Snow Leopard Festival/Sledding at the Zoo – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the SB Zoo – A rare blizzard hits the Zoo with 80 tons of snow for sledding and snow play for this frosty fun family festival. Animals play in the snow while Santa poses for holiday photos. Visit for details!

Christmas Tea – 2 – 4 p.m. at Old Mission Santa Ines. A traditional English afternoon tea to celebrate with old and new friends with a Christmas Boutique. Tickets are $45 adults, $40 for children 5+. Proceeds benefit the Mission projects. 

SYHS Baseball BBQ Dinner – 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the baseball field. With a $45 donation the dinner feeds 4 with tri-tip, salad, beans and bread to benefit the baseball program. For orders contact any player or coach or June at 805-448-2275. 

SYV Presbyterian Christmas Concert – 3 p.m. – The Blue Angels choir, accompanied by a professional chamber orchestra, will present a variety of favorite Christmas carols and anthems, with the SYHS Concert Choir as special guests. There will be the lighting of the Advent Candle and special Advent readings by the Morrow family,  and meet Mary and Joseph, see live animals, enjoy cookie decorating and crafts, plus a cakewalk. For more information contact the church at 805-688-6323.

Marshmallow Roast and Holiday Crafts – SYV Botanic Garden – weather permitting. Contact for details. 


Coffee with a Cop – 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Pony Espresso in Santa Ynez. 

Traditional Folk Songs – 4 – 5 p.m. at Solvang Library – Folksinger and autoharp virtuoso Miller is also a master of the art of storytelling, skillfully interweaving folksongs and the stories behind them. Free to attend. 

SYHS Music Concert – 7 – 9 p.m. at SYHS Little Theater – All are invited to listen to the SYHS Band and Choir Concert. 


Julefeast – 6 – 9 p.m. – Join this fun communal dining experience served under the stars and among the twinkle lights. Meals provided be Root 246, Ramen Kotori, First and Oak. Visit for details and tickets. 


Saint Lucia Day – 6:30 p.m. – Join “Saint Lucia” dressed in all white with a red sash and crown of candles leading a procession of women to honor the third century martyr known for bringing food and aid. 


Free Nutrition and Diabetes Education – 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at SYV Cottage Hospital – How to Read “Nutrition Facts” Labels – Contact  Stacey Bailey directly at 805-694-2351.

Winter Wreath Making – All day – SYV Botanic Garden – Make a beautiful holiday wreath – visit for details. 

Home Tours – All day – benefits the SYV Senior Citizens Foundation – tickets and information visit or call 805-708-4211. 

Santa’s Village – 12 – 4 p.m. at Solvang Park. Visit Santa and Mrs. Clause and enjoy face painting and gift wrapping. For more info visit 

SYV Chorale Christmas Around the World – 7:30 -9:30 p.m. at Solvang Veteran’s Hall – Purposely eclectic, the concert celebrates Christmas with beloved and familiar carols, forgotten classics and new, hauntingly beautiful fare. Tickets may be purchased at The Book Loft and El Rancho Market, from Chorale members, online at or at the door.

14 & 15

Skal Wine and Stein Stroll – A two day wine and beer tasting throughout downtown Solvang with the annual Glogg competition. All attendees must be 21 and over, ID’s will be checked. Visit for tickets and details. 

The Nutcracker at the Arlington – Santa Barbara Festival Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Arlington will take you on the magical adventure of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they journey through the stars to the Kingdom of Sweets. Visit for details. 

Continuing Events


Yoga, 9 a.m.; Arthritis Exercise Class, 10:15 a.m.; Arts and Crafts every third Monday; Solvang Senior Center, 1745 Mission Drive; 805-688-3793.

Preschool Storytime – 11 a.m. – Buellton Library – Bring your preschooler to story time to help get them ready to read!

Divorce Care Recovery Seminar and Support Group – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Santa Ynez Valley Christian Academy Library, 891 N. Refugio Road, Santa Ynez; Louise Kolbert at 805-688-5171.


Computer class, 9 a.m., Knitting, 9:30 a.m.; Tai Chi, 11 a.m.; bridge and poker, 12:45 p.m.; Mah Jongg 1 p.m., Solvang Senior Center, 1745 Mission Drive; 805-688-3793.

Preschool Story Time – 10:30 a.m. at Solvang Library. Bring your preschooler to story time to help get them ready to read!

Two-Step Dance Lessons – 6:30 p.m.; 8 p.m. – Industry Night and Karaoke Party. Maverick Saloon, 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez. Visit

Pickle Ball – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Buellton Rec. $3 per drop in or passes available. Multiple courts, players of all skills welcome. 


SYV We Support the Troops – 9 a.m.-noon. Volunteers pack care packages on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Bethania Lutheran Church, 603 Atterdag Road, Solvang. 805-245-4951.

Art Class, 9 a.m.; Book Club, 10 a.m. (call first); Bingo, 1 p.m.: Solvang Senior Center, 1745 Mission Drive; 805-688-3793.

Wiggly Storytime – 10:30 a.m. – Solvang Library – Short stories, songs, rhymes and activities for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. 

Knit and Crochet – 1 p.m., Buellton Senior Center, West Highway 246, Buellton; 805-688-4571.

Healing Hearts Support Group – 2-4 p.m. Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church, 1825 Alamo Pintado Road. Free. To R.S.V.P. call 805-693-0244.

Solvang Farmers Market – 2:30-6:30 p.m., First Street between Mission Drive and Copenhagen Drive, Solvang.

Crafternoons – 3:45-5:45 p.m. Arts Outreach, 2948 Nojoqui Ave. Suite 9, Los Olivos. $10/child; 805-688-9533.

Lindy Hop Lessons – 7:10 p.m. for Beginner, low impact and 8 p.m. for Intermediate level. Classes are taught by Hannah Rasby at the Solvang Vets Hall. Cost is $5 per class. 


Sideways Inn Local’s Night Specials – 5 p.m.- 8 p.m., 114 East Highway 246, Buellton; 805-691-8088.

Chair Exercises – 10 a.m., Buellton Senior Center, West Highway 246, Buellton; 805-688-4571.

Arthritis Exercise Class, 10:15 a.m.; Mah Jongg, Noon; Basic Cartooning, 1 p.m., Solvang Senior Center, 1745 Mission Drive; 805-688-3793. 

Reading with Dogs – 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. at Solvang Library – Tail Waggin Tutors help young readers practice reading skills. 

Brain Injury Survivors of Santa Ynez Valley – Noon-2 p.m., Bethania Lutheran Church, 603 Atterdag Road, Solvang. Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center offers a support group for brain injury survivors and caregivers;

Pickle Ball – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Buellton Rec. $3 per drop in or passes available. Multiple courts, players of all skills welcome.


Nutrition Classes – 11 a.m. – SYV Cottage Hospital Conference Room – Instruction Stacey Bailey is a dietician and offers weekly courses in various topics. For more information call 805-694-2351. Bring your lunch and talk nutrition. 

Tai Chi, 9:15 a.m.; Mah Jongg, 10 a.m.; Pilates – 10:15 a.m.; Ukulele 11:15 a.m., Solvang Senior Center, 1745 Mission Drive; 805-688-3793.

Bingo – 1 p.m., Buellton Senior Center, West Highway 246, Buellton; 805-688-4571.


Cachuma Lake Nature Walk – 10-11:30 a.m.; 805-688-4515 or

Junior Rangers Program – 12:30-1:30 p.m. Neal Taylor Nature Center, 2265 Highway 154. Children 3 and up; under 10 years must be accompanied by an adult. $3/person. Nature Center admission is free. Visit

World Folk Dance – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Buellton Rec – Ages 8 – adults, learn dances from Scandinavia, England, Scotland, Italy and more. Family fun and free. 


Brunch at The Landsby – 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. – They now accept reservations on Open Table app for the dining room and Mad & Vin patio starting at 7.30 a.m. For more info visit 

Fri – Sun 

Danish Christmas Market – from Dec. 3 through Dec. 26, trees and buildings along Copenhagen Drive between Atterdag and Alisal Road will be awash in more than 100 high-output LED lights ebbing and flowing, chasing and playing in a choreographed experience along the newly branded Danish Christmas Market. 

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