Snow fell in Buellton— 20 tons of it, in fact — on Sunday as the city greeted the holiday season with the annual Winter Fest celebration presented by the Buellton Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, Buellton Rec Center and Buellton Historical Society.
Activities kicked off at 9 a.m. when children and their adults had Breakfast With Santa at the Rec Center, where kids could pose for photos with the jolly old elf and make ornaments and other decorations to take home.
Then, hundreds of local residents and visitors turned out for the evening events, starting at 4 p.m. with the opening of the Holiday Village on Avenue of Flags, where the tons of snow mysteriously fell in a small area just the right size for children to make snow figures, throw snowballs and generally have a chilly good time.
Vendors offered a variety of decorations and specialty items, while food trucks served up a range of comestibles, which patrons could wash down with local wines, locally brewed beers and locally distilled spirits.
The soundtrack for the festival was provided by the Santa Ynez Valley Jazz Band and the group Sweatervest until the start of the Mobile Light Parade, sponsored by the Buellton Rotary Club, that brought lighted and unlighted vehicles of all kinds to Avenue of Flags.
After looping around the avenue, participants ended up back near the start for the grand finale of the event featuring caroling and the lighting of the Christmas tree at 7 p.m.