***This year’s “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” spans TWO weekends, December 2-4 and December 9-11, 2016! 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 fourth annual holiday shopping spectacular, “Shop, Mingle & Jingle”, once again spreading it over two weekends – Friday through Sunday, December 2 through 4, 2016 and Friday through Sunday, December 9 through 11 – in addition to the monthly Solvang 3rd Wednesday on Wednesday, December 21, turning Solvang into a holiday shopping wonderland.
Both of the December shopping and added entertainment opportunities 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; and eateries, bakeries and specialty food stores. Solvang also boasts ample free parking, the perfect accompaniment to a day and night of savvy savings.
During this year’s “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” promotion (December 2-4 and December 9-11), which is organized in conjunction with Solvang’s annual Julefest Celebration (December 2, 2016 through January 6, 2017), dozens of the town’s merchants will welcome celebratory shoppers with open houses, extended hours, special “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” deals, free gift wrapping and gratis, edible goodies.
A portion of the participating businesses will extend hours well into the evening for the “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” weekends (some as late as 9:00 PM, like The Book Loft – open until 8:00 PM, Tuesday through Thursday, and until 9:00 PM, Friday and Saturday), with a few open until 10:00 PM or 11:00 PM (The Good Life – Craft Beer & Wine Cellar, 11:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, 9:00 PM on Sundays; Wandering Dog Wine Bar, 10:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 PM on Sundays; Sort This Out Cellars, 10:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays; The Landsby’s lobby lounge, with a bar menu available until 10:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, and 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 (e.g., The Book Loft, The Home Connection, Elna’s Dress Shop, A Piece of the Past), plus other holiday bonuses – such as Elna’s Dress Shop, where shoppers who spend more than $75.00 will receive a free Christmas scarf, Christmas pin or Christmas earrings; and Graphic Systems, offering a “BOGO” deal on Christmas Cards (buy one box of Christmas Cards and get one free, of equal or lesser value).
As added shopping fuel, certain “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” participants will offer guests free refreshments, such as sweets, sparkling wine, hot cider, homemade desserts and hors d’oeuvres (A Piece of the Past, The Home Connection, The Good Life, Wildling Museum).
In an effort to entice visitors to “Sip. Sparkle. Shop Solvang.” – into the night – 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, featuring live holiday music by the Valley Troubadours, in the store’s courtyard (Saturday, December 3; 5:00 PM-8:00 PM); Christmas caroling at the Wildling Museum (Saturday, December 3); and other live music performances spread throughout both weekends at The Good Life (Los Spindleros, December 3, 8:00 PM; Cash Cooper, December 10, 8:00 PM), Royal Oaks Winery (live music by James Gentry, both weekends), and Sort This Out Cellars.
The Wildling Museum will help “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” guests to keep their naturally artistic, holiday spirits lifted with a Saturday, December 3 Holiday Marketplace (12:00 PM-5:00 PM) featuring local artists and handcrafted gifts, a visit from their polar bear for family photo opps, and the chance to peruse the Museum’s exhibits while picking up unique presents. Just a few doors down from the Wildling, Wandering Dog Wine Bar will host a “Holiday Sip & Shop” event during which guests may stock up on sparkling wine for the holidays, and also shop for artisan products and locally-made goods such as jewelry, crafts, beauty items, vinegars and more (Friday, December 9; 5:00 PM-8:00 PM).
Other “Shop, Mingle & Jingle” activities and passtimes include a bubbly Sparkling flight with cheese pairing, or Red Wine flight paired with chocolate truffles, at Wandering Dog Wine Bar; a special Holiday Sparkling Tasting at The Good Life, on December 3 (1:00 PM-4:00 PM); and a Holiday Open House at A Piece of the Past, on December 9 (4:00 PM to 7:00 PM).
Locals looking for more holiday revelry post-“Shop, Mingle & Jingle”, may attend The Good Life’s December 20 “Local’s Night Holiday Potluck”, where guests are encouraged to share their favorite holiday dish while being treated to live holiday music by Nataly Lola (6:00 PM-9:00 PM).
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 21, which will include monthly 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 two-weekend promotion, click here: Shop Mingle Jingle 2016