Solvang Christmas Tree Burn
By Robert Bernstein
Solvang began burning Christmas trees in an annual bonfire over 40 years ago, though it does not happen every year. Last year the area was too muddy and the trees were chipped for mulch. But this year I finally made it out to experience the burn myself!
Here are my videos and photos of the Christmas Tree Burn!
Santa Barbara County Fire officials use the burn to educate the public about how easily Christmas trees can burn. The idea is to get people to take care when it comes to keeping candles and other flames away from their trees. And to keep the tree bottom in water to keep it from drying out.
My first video shows the first ten minutes of the burn
The heat was intense even at the viewing distance of the crowd. Some people could not take it and moved away.
Here is another short video I made after it had been burning about 45 minutes
There have been protests that this is not very environmentally sound. I will stay out of that debate and just say that I enjoyed the rather unique experience that is quite rare in our modern era. It may be that it is discontinued in the future, so you may want to catch it next year!