Holiday Events in Santa Ynez Valley

Merry and bright and filled to the brim with things to do – there’s nothing quite like the holiday season in the Santa Ynez Valley. Here at Santa Ynez Valley Marriot, the spirit of the season comes to life in so many ways – let us point you to the holiday events must-do list!

The Holidays in Santa Ynez Valley:

Solvang on Ice
December 6-8
We know that ice skating isn’t exactly what people think of when planning a visit to California’s wine country, but that makes Solvang’s first ice skating rink all the better! Lace up your skates and prepare to show off the best of your Michelle Kwan moves under the SYVM_SolvangOnIceglow of Solvang’s Christmas tree.

Santa Ynez Cowboy Christmas & Holiday Celebration
Saturday, December 7
Join Santa Ynez in kicking off the holiday season with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause from 1-4 pm, enjoy holiday deals from shops and restaurants and watch carolers and the tree lighting at 6 pm.

Solvang Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 7
Starting at 11 am, Solvang’s streets will be filled with dancers, musical groups, vintage vehicles and animals! Come celebrate the magic of the season and see Santa Clause who will be available for visits and photos after the parade.

BuelltonWinterFestBuellton WinterFest Celebration
Sunday, December 8
An all-day spectacular, the city of Buellton invites you to start the day with breakfast with Santa or come in the afternoon for concerts, cookies and cocoa. In the evening, wander the neighborhood block party, sampling from food trucks and playing in twenty tons of snow. The Mobile Light Parade will start at 6 pm and the Buellton Christmas Tree Lighting at 7 pm.

Holiday Wine Walk
December 14 & 15, 11 am- 4 pm
Enjoy a holiday taste of Solvang with the Holiday Wine Walk! A two-day event complete with 13 tasting rooms, the walk will lead you through the village, giving you ample time to savor both the holiday and Solvang spirits.

S’moresFest!
Saturday, December 14, 4-7 pm
Who knew such a genius event could exist? Brand-new to Solvang’s Julefest line-up, this delicious event invites you to Solvang Park in Downtown Solvang to jam out to the Molly Ringwald Project and holiday tunes while roasting marshmallows and creating customized s’mores from locally produced candy and baked goods.

Santa Ynez Valley Chorale Concert
December 20 – 22, 7:30 pm
The Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, Youth Chorale and Orchestra invite you to their “Welcome All Wonders” show. With music from Bach, Haydn, Mendelsohn and more to popular holiday favorites and carol sing-a-longs, it will be a night of true holiday music.

New Year’s Eve with the Molly Ringwald Project
December 31, 2013
A staple in the local-music scene, this 80s cover band will be focused on one thing alone: making New Year’s Eve the best dance party ever. Join them at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott and enjoy the prime rib buffet and midnight champagne toast to top off the night!SYV_Molly-Project


The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is ready to celebrate the holidays with you! Your home-base for holiday parties, get-togethers and get-aways, the Santa Ynez Vallet Marriott knows how to make the most of this merry time. Book your company or organization’s holiday event at http://www.syvmarriott.com/santa-ynez-valley-holiday-events.

And while you’re at it, leave the New Year’s Eve planning to us, too! Ring in 2014 with the Molly Ringwald Project 80s cover band and our Prime Rib Buffet. Special local room rates are available and after a night of great food, music and dancing – why not just take the elevator home? Buy your tickets and book your stay now.

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Holiday Wine Pairings in the Santa Ynez Valley

What to Serve with that Bird…

In need of some wine pairing inspiration for your Holiday Meals?  Don’t sweat it!

While many are familiar with these key elements of food and wine Holiday pairings:

  • Matching the wine selection to the protein in the meal
  •  Balancing the fruit and acidity in the wine selection, so that it holds its own with all the holiday spices in your delicious meal
  • Offering a variety: red and white, so all are sure to find something to enjoy

…the finer tuning of wine pairing can leave even the best of chefs in a quandary. Since most of us don’t have our own private oenophile super hero on call, a visit to Santa Ynez Valley’s local wineries will not only help you navigate the bountiful wine options for your Holiday meals…it will may also be just the key to slow the pace of any pre-holiday craziness that has a way of sneaking up this time of year.

With some expert guidance from Santa Ynez Valley’s incredible wine professionals, you can sip your way through the answers! Why not try a pairing for the delectable side dishes on your table or add a sparkling wine to your menu for a touch of festive charm?

There is no doubt that great wine pairings will do wonders for your holiday meals and serve as great conversation starters and inspired holiday gifts as well.  Thankfully, the vineyards of Santa Ynez produce some of California’s most exciting wines and these extraordinary local wineries are a wealth of knowledge for those needing some wine coaching. For some inspired pairing suggestions and pre-holiday fun, take a look at these local Santa Ynez Valley events:

Holiday Pairings Experience

Santa Ynez Valley Holiday Wine Pairings

Sunstone Winery in Santa Yvez Valley is offering an educational and interactive opportunity  to learn which wines will compliment your holiday menus and ask questions of the their chef and wine experts.  You will be expertly guided through a perfectly matched selection of wines and holiday bites prepared by Santa Ynez Valley’s Avant restaurant. Hosted in the Tasting Room of Sunstone Winery, Saturday November 17 at 11:30am and 1 pm, cost is  $35 per person and reservations are required. For more information or to book your reservation, please contact the Wine Club Director at Sunstone Winery.

 

 

Meet the Wine Maker at The Good Life

Santa Ynez Valley Holiday Wine Pairings

Specializing in boutique wines from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles and exclusive California Craft beer, The Good Life’s Meet the WineMaker continuing series is featuring winemaker is Doug Timewell from Toucan Wines.  Doug will be on site pouring his select Limited Production Estate wines and sharing his knowledge of wine making In the Santa Ynez Valley. Discover the relationship between wine and winemaker and the exceptional holiday wines available. Saturday, November 17, 2012, 3pm – 5pm.

 

 

 

Dessert Wine Pairings

Leave room for dessert!Desert Wine Pairings Santa Ynez Valley

Indulge in the ultimate food and wine pairing at the Wandering Dog Wine Bar in Solvang, California, the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley.

Stop by Friday, Saturday or Sunday for a new wine & food concept where tasters can sample a delicious cupcake pairing to any wine or beer flight.   Surely your own holiday feast can include a multitude of appetizer and main course pairings, but don’t forget the perfect wine to relax with at the end of your meal.  Take this sweet opportunity to delve into the dessert wine options at Santa Ynez Valley’s The Wandering Dog Wine Bar.

 

Wine Exploration

Santa Ynez Valley Marirott Wine Touring Packages

Take the time to truly explore all things wine and extend your holiday tasting experience with a stay at The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton, California. If you opt to explore the local Santa Ynez Valley wine events on your own we offer an excellent opportunity to get the most out of your wine tasting experience.

 

 

Leave the cooking to us!

Why not dine out and join us at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott for a delicious traditional holiday feast at the Starting Gate Restaurant? Our Thanksgiving Buffet Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Thanksgiving Buffet is the perfect way to celebrate the autumn harvest without all of the stress. Make your reservation today by calling 805-688-1000.

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