***This year’s “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” spans THREE weekends,
December 1-3, December 8-10 and December 15-17, 2017!
Stay tuned to this page for updates and details.***
“Shop, Mingle & Jingle” Weekends Support Local Holiday Shopping and Sipping during Solvang’s “Julefest” Celebration
Solvang, the California Central Coast’s answer to “Christmas Town”, is welcoming holiday shoppers from both near and far, with multiple merchant-driven events and happenings during the month of December. The town will host its fifth annual holiday shopping spectacular, “Shop, Mingle & Jingle”, this year spreading it over three weekends – Fridays through Sundays, December 1 through 3, 2017, December 8 through 10 and December 15 through 17 – in addition to the monthly Solvang 3rd Wednesday on Wednesday, December 20, turning Solvang into a holiday shopping wonderland.
Both of the December shopping and holiday entertainment opportunities, organized by the Solvang Chamber of Commerce, will encompass discounts and deals at Solvang merchants of all sorts, such as art shops and galleries; book-sellers; wine tasting rooms; wine and beer bars; clothing, shoes and accessories boutiques; home furniture, décor and hardware purveyors; jewelers and antique stops; eateries and bakeries. Solvang also boasts ample free parking, the perfect accompaniment to a day and night of spirited savings.
During this year’s “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” promotion (December 1-3, December 8-10 and December 15-17), which is organized in conjunction with Solvang’s annual Julefest Celebration (December 1, 2017 through January 5, 2018), a number of the town’s merchants will welcome holiday shoppers with open houses, late hours, special “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” deals, free gift wrapping and/or celebratory, edible goodies. And in an effort to entice visitors to “Sip. Sparkle. Shop Solvang.” – into the night – some of the Shop, Mingle & Jingle participants will also feature live music and entertainment during the special event.
A portion of the participating businesses remain open well into the evening during the “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” weekends (some as late as 9:00 PM or 10:00 PM, like The Book Loft – open until 8:00 PM, Tuesday through Thursday, and until 9:00 PM, Friday and Saturday; Wandering Dog Wine Bar, 9:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 PM on Sundays; or The Landsby’s lobby lounge, with a bar menu available until 10:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9:00 PM on Sundays), with a few open until 11:00 PM (like The Good Life – Craft Beer & Wine Cellar, 11:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, 9:00 PM on Sundays).
A wide variety of “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” participants are offering exclusive-to-“Shop, Mingle & Jingle” deals, while some are also offering free gift wrapping with purchase (such as Picket Fences and the Elverhøj Museum of History & Art), plus other holiday bonuses.
As added shopping fuel, certain “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” participants will offer guests free refreshments such as sweets, hot cider, homemade desserts and hors d’oeuvres (The Home Connection, Wildling Museum, Elverhøj Museum of History & Art).
Some of the “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” participants will feature live music and entertainment during the special event, like a shopping party at The Home Connection with live music in the store’s courtyard (Saturday, December 2; 5:00 PM-8:00 PM); Christmas caroling at the Wildling Museum (Sunday, December 3); and other live music performances spread across all three weekends at The Good Life (Saturdays, December 2, 9 and 16, live music starting at 8:00 PM). The Solvang Chamber of Commerce will provide extra, town-wide holiday magic with roving performances by the Santa Ynez Valley Jazz Band, each of the three “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” Saturdays (December 2, 9 and 16).
The Wildling Museum will help “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” guests to keep their naturally artistic, seasonal spirits lifted with a Sunday, December 3 Holiday Marketplace (11:00 AM-4:00 PM) featuring local artists and handcrafted gifts, a visit from Winter Princesses for family photo opps, and the chance to peruse the Museum’s exhibits while picking up unique presents.
Other “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” activities and passtimes include a season-long bubbly Holiday Sparkling Wine & Cheese Pairing at Wandering Dog Wine Bar; an early morning opening at The Good Life on Saturday, December 2 (10:00 AM), for the Solvang Julefest Parade – with specials on Mimosas, Cranberry Sparklers and pastries; and the Elverhøj Museum of History & Art’s Christmas craft station complete with complimentary cookies and cider.
Visitors and locals who miss Solvang’s “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” festivities may catch up on last-minute holiday gift-buying during the December edition of Solvang’s monthly “3rd Wednesday”, Wednesday, December 20, which will include 3rd Wednesday deals at local merchants and eateries; the weekly Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market; the monthly Solvang 3rd Wednesday Wine & Beer Walk; and Solvang 3rd Wednesday discounts at local hotels.
For a detailed rundown of businesses participating in “Shop, Mingle & Jingle”, their associated offerings or deals, and a schedule of live music, open houses and other events set to occur during the three-weekend promotion, click here: Shop Mingle Jingle 2017