Christmas in Leavenworth Truly is the Most Magical Time of Year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and it’s even more magical when you spend it in our charming Bavarian village! From the lights, the events, the fabulous shopping, and endless holiday cheer, there’s no better place to be than Christmas in Leavenworth. This holiday season, you won’t want to miss a second of the celebration in our village turned Winter Wonderland, and here’s what you have to look forward to!

What to Do During Christmas in Leavenworth

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting

Prepare to be dazzled by the spectacle of over half a million Christmas lights at the Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival! Every weekend from December 2nd-18th, you will enjoy live musical performances of your favorite Christmas songs, a visit from Santa Claus, choir singing, hot cocoa and cider, and so much more! On Saturdays and Sundays, make sure you have a good seat for the Christmas Lighting Ceremony!


This German-inspired Christmas Market is a unique shopping experience. From November 25th-27th, the streets of Leavenworth come to life with live entertainment, a lantern parade, and appearances from Santa Claus, Christkind, and St. Nicholas. It’s the perfect opportunity to shop for authentic Bavarian foods, handmade arts and crafts, and many other traditional goods.

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. The concert is held December 2nd and December 9th at 7:30 PM. For tickets, visit the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce.

Visit the Nutcracker Museum

There is no better time of year to visit a museum dedicated to a Christmas icon! At the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, you will see over 6,000 incredible nutcrackers, some dating back nearly 500 years! If you would like the chance to receive a 10-Piece Nutcracker Suite set signed by Christian Steinbach, enter now for a chance to win the Christmas Raffle Drawing!

Outdoor Winter Activities

Christmas in Leavenworth is more than just the festivals, concerts, and shopping. It’s also about enjoying the natural beauty of Leavenworth in all its winter glory. When the snow has fallen and your adventurous side beckons, check out these exciting outdoor activities you don’t want to miss.

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!

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.

Leavenworth Skiing

Leavenworth’s ski hills provide something for every challenger at any experience level to enjoy! Whether you are skilled on the slopes are just learning, there is a wide variety of slopes for you to discover during your stay. After a long day of skiing, come back into town for some Bavarian refreshments and a delicious meal.

Enjoy the Best Christmas in Leavenworth Experience With Pine River Ranch

Step away from the generic accommodations and find a truly unique experience at Pine River Ranch. This rustic-style bed and breakfast inn is perfect for a romantic Christmas vacation just minutes from Downtown Leavenworth. Our lovely guest suites provide ultimate luxury and charm with amenities you won’t find anywhere else. You will also enjoy a mouthwatering gourmet breakfast delivered straight to your room every morning, so you can relax and energize for a full day of fun. Reserve your spot with us today or take a look at our Free Vacation Guide for more information about us and the local area. We look forward to hosting you soon!