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Solvang: Time Magazine’s “Most Christmassy Town”

Tom Wilmer

Founded as a Danish colony more than 100 years ago, Solvang has been a popular year round destination for tourists who come to experience a taste of Denmark right here on the California Central Coast. 

When the Marissa Waddell, the program manager at NPR affiliate, KCBX, told me that Solvang was recently named by Time Magazine as one America’s Most Christmassy towns, well I just had to find out for myself just why this quaint Danish village is in close company with other Most Christmassy contenders such as Santa Claus, Indiana, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. 

Join travel correspondent, Tom Wilmer for a walking exploration around the village of Solvang with Tracy Farhad, the Executive Director of the Solvang Conference & Visitors bureau. We’ll discover that Solvang’s passionate Christmastime spirit has as much to do with its Danish roots as it does with the local’s wonderful sense of community.