New Activities to Debut during 2017 Solvang Julefest: A Danish Tradition

Posted on Dec 1 by SEASONS Magazine

Jule Nisse, courtesy Solvang Conference and Visitors Bureau.

Jule Nisse, courtesy Solvang Conference and Visitors Bureau.

Solvang’s 2017 Julefest Holiday Celebration from Dec. 1-Jan. 5 features new festive activities this season!

The holiday fun includes “The Nisse Adventure,” free Solvang by Candlelight Walking Tours, plus live music in Solvang Park.

According to Daniel Lahr, Julefest Coordinator for Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau (SCVB), “Families are able to explore Solvang while trying to find 12 Danish Christmas Elves known as ‘Jule Nisse,’ for this festive scavenger hunt.”

People of all ages are invited to stop by the Solvang Visitors Center (1639 Copenhagen Dr.) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily to pick up a free Nisse Adventure map that provides clues.

There are 12 Jule Nisse (pronounced Yule Nee-suh) hidden around town, each about 16 inches tall. Take a picture of each one on a smart phone or camera, and return to the Visitors Center to prove you’ve discovered their hiding places for a prize!

The Solvang by Candlelight Walking Tours are held on December 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 starting at 5 p.m., and depart from the Solvang Visitors Center.

A costumed tour guide tells the history of Solvang as you stroll and carol through the village for one hour. Tour reservations are available 24 hours in advance by registering in person at the Visitors Center.

The free live music in Solvang Park, and the musicians and carolers strolling through town, are courtesy of the Solvang Chamber of Commerce. Visitors can dance and sing along to the holiday music from 1-4 p.m. on December 2, 9, 16, 23, 26, 28, 29 and 30.

A glittering Julefest Gazebo welcomes celebrations, photo courtesy SolvangUSA.com.

A glittering Julefest Gazebo welcomes celebrations, photo courtesy SolvangUSA.com.

In addition to the new holiday fun, all of the traditional favorites return this year!

Don’t miss out on the Community Tree-lighting Ceremony, Julefest Parade, Nativity Pageant, Santa “Julemanden” in Solvang Park, Mingle & Jingle Weekends, Holiday Wine & Beer Walk “Skål Stroll!” and the Christmas Tree Burn.

For more detailed information about the dates and times of these events, please visit this website, or call SCVB at 805/688-6144.

—Lohana Richmond

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