Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and it’s even better when you spend it in the enchanting Bavarian village of Leavenworth. With fresh blankets of snow and millions of twinkling lights, this town transforms into a winter wonderland during the holidays. With fabulous shopping opportunities, spectacular winter activities, and endless holiday cheer, you’ll find plenty of ways to celebrate the season with your loved ones. Here’s why Christmas in Leavenworth will be an experience you’ll remember for years to come!
Are you planning to celebrate Christmas in Leavenworth? Great choice! Before you go, be sure to request access to our free Vacation Guide! This downloadable guide is filled with all the best things to see and do in our area including outdoor activities, entertainment, dining, shopping, holiday events and more. It’s the only thing you’ll need to plan the ultimate winter getaway to Leavenworth.
Top 10 Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Leavenworth in 2019
1. Christmas Lighting Festival
During the Christmas Lighting Festival, over half a million Christmas lights illuminate the village for a dazzling display you won’t soon forget. Take a stroll with your sweetheart, hand-in-hand, while the smell of roasted chestnuts fills the air. Is there a more romantic way to spend an evening with your loved one?
There is also a variety of “Winter Wonderland” themed activities during this special event, including sledding in Front Street Park, holiday concerts and productions, hot spiced wine and cider tastings, and much more. No wonder it’s one of the most popular Leavenworth, WA events!
The Leavenworth Christmas Market is a huge hit year after year! The Bavarian-style market features a wide array of unique goods including German food, handmade arts & crafts, a lantern parade, and Christmas-themed entertainment. It’s the perfect opportunity to get all of your Christmas shopping done and treat yourself to something special.
3. Village Voices Christmas Concert
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing! Enjoy a lovely evening of joyous Christmas tunes performed by Leavenworth’s very own Village Voices. Choir members will be wearing traditional black and red Trachten to commemorate Leavenworth’s Bavarian inspiration and close each concert with a sing-along “Hallelujah.”
4. The Nutcracker Museum
There is no better time of year to visit a museum dedicated to a beloved Christmas icon! At the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, you will see over 6,000 incredible nutcrackers, some dating back nearly 500 years! Take a tour of the museum or meet Karl, Leavenworth’s nutcracker mascot!
5. Sleigh Rides
Get ready to “jingle all the way” on a horse-drawn sleigh ride! There is nothing quite like gliding through Leavenworth’s forests behind gorgeous trotting horses, taking in all the mountainous beauty as you go. Snuggle up with a warm blanket and let the memory-making begin!
6. Sledding and Tubing
Enjoy a fun and exhilarating ride at Leavenworth Ski Hill! The Lt. Michael Adams Tubing Park is home to a 100-foot tubing hill, which you can easily reach by a rope tow. After you soar down the hill and enjoy enough laughs to last a lifetime, warm up at the Ski Hill Lodge with a warm fire and a hot cup of cocoa.
The Cascades provide some of the best opportunities for winter sports in the Northwest, especially when it comes to skiing! If you’re looking for a thrilling adventure during your holiday getaway, grab your skis or a snowboard and race down the slopes at these local ski resorts.
8. Dog Sledding
Imagine winding through a winter wonderland behind a pack of dogs as you take in the glorious mountain views. The wind is in your hair, you leave all traces of reality behind, and you make memories that will last a lifetime. This a typical day of dog sledding in Washington, and it’s one of the most fun and memorable excursions you can do during your Leavenworth vacation!
9. Gingerbread Factory
Would you like to impress Santa with some gourmet cookies this year? Make sure to stop in the Gingerbread Factory for some of the best baked goods you will ever taste! In addition to delicious cookies, they have a great selection of gingerbread houses, cakes, and other Bavarian treats. We guarantee you won’t be able to eat just one!
10. Kris Kringle Christmas Store
From nutcrackers and Christmas trees to ornaments, snow globes and more, the Kris Kringle Christmas Store has it all! Find fun holiday decorations, one-of-a-kind gifts, or a personalized ornament that will always remind you of your amazing Christmas in Leavenworth. Once you leave with all your great finds, you’ll be glad you stopped by!
Enjoy a Holly Jolly Getaway With Pine River Ranch!
Say goodbye to the typical Leavenworth, WA Christmas hotels and treat yourself to one of the most beautiful accommodations in the Cascades. Our historic and secluded bed & breakfast provides everything you need to lodge in comfort and make memories that will last a lifetime. Guests of Pine River Ranch will enjoy with rustic-style guest suites packed with luxury amenities. Plus, you’ll wake up to a complimentary gourmet breakfast delivered straight to your door each morning!
For a truly unforgettable experience, we recommend booking our Lodgepole Suite. Sink into the comfortable Queen-sized pine log bed, cozy up next to the rock fireplace, or enjoy spectacular views from the private deck. Check our availability and book your favorite room with Pine River Ranch today! We look forward to welcoming you to Leavenworth soon!