The 36th Annual Solvang Nativity Pageant is a cherished tradition of the Solvang Julefest Celebration. The Pageant is a presentation of the biblical nativity story featuring internationally recognized musicians, singers, narration, members of the community from the local churches and live animals.
In 1984, the late Earl Petersen started this event. He hired animals from a traveling animal show and together with local churches and volunteers created the narrative from gospel accounts, Christmas carols, transformed a llama into a camel and along with the sheep and a donkey began this tradition in Solvang.
Together with other producers, directors and visionaries, Earl helped grow the Pageant’s popularity, eventually moving it from Petersen Square to the current Festival Theater.
The Pageant is currently produced and directed by Janette Swanson and Devorah Sklar. Janette has been involved in the Pageant production in many roles for over 15 years. She took over the roles of Executive Producer and Director in 2014. Devorah Sklar joined us in 2016 as Assistant Director, Marketing Director, and Producer. She has many years experience producing and marketing concerts and events. She and her husband, Maurice Sklar, first became involved with the Pageant in 2015 when he joined us as a Concert Violinist.
The talented and award winning Julie Meyer returns again to the Pageant, sharing her heavenly voice and wonderful renditions of Christmas favorites and her original songs. We are so please to have the Inner Light Gospel Choir from Santa Barbara joining us again this year. Please take a moment to read their bios and learn about their artistic accomplishments.
We have a wonderful concession in the courtyard with hot drinks and snacks to help keep you warm. Thank you for joining us and please enjoy the evening.