Solvang definitely was the hot place to be Friday night.
With the holidays past, area residents have been urged to bring their Christmas trees to the fields next to the mission to become part of a spectacular bonfire that is supervised by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.
The annual event concludes the community's Julefest celebration, and provides a safe means for residents to rid themselves of dried-out yule trees.
It also gives firefighters the opportunity to demonstrate how flammable — and dangerous — burning Christmas trees can be.
"The Santa Barbara County Fire Department strongly advises that people do not attempt to burn their own Christmas trees," Capt. David Sadecki said.
The free event included entertainment by the T-Bone Ramblers Band.