Solvang Cancels Annual Christmas Tree Burn

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Source: City of Solvang

The City of Solvang, California ( has officially announced the cancelation of this holiday season’s long-standing tradition of the Solvang Christmas Tree Burn. The fire safety demonstration and event, usually held in early January as a wrap-up of the month-long Solvang Julefest celebration, would not have been possible this year due to current COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and associated State and County regulations.

“We considered all options which might have allowed us to hold the Tree Burn this year, in spite of COVID-19. However, due to the possibility of the Tree Burn creating an unintended gathering, and all of the necessary logistical considerations, the City will not be holding the Tree Burn this holiday season,” explained Solvang City Manager, Xenia Bradford.

In lieu of the early January event, which allows Solvang residents and businesses to safely discard their Christmas trees, the City of Solvang will offer curbside pick-up service through Waste Management, during the week of January 4, 2021. Information about tree pick-up will be posted under the “Recent News” section of the home page on the City of Solvang’s website:

Bradford continued, “The City is very grateful to the Mission for historically allowing the City to hold the Tree Burn and fire safety demonstration on their property, and we respectfully ask that trees not be dropped off at the Mission, this year.”

The City of Solvang continues to urge residents and businesses to regularly monitor the County of Santa Barbara Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Public Information Portal for status reports and any changes to County Health Orders. The Portal is updated on a daily basis:

Please contact Anna Ferguson-Sparks at [email protected] with any questions about the information contained within this press release.

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