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. From a spectacle of Christmas lights and fabulous shopping opportunities to spectacular winter activities and endless holiday cheer, Leavenworth offers a wide variety of ways to celebrate the holiday season with your loved ones. Here are some fun Christmas in Leavenworth activities that you won’t want to miss during your winter getaway with us.
Planning on spending Christmas in Leavenworth? Great choice! To help make your vacation planning process quick and easy, we’re offering a free copy of our handy 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, and more. It’s the only thing you’ll need to plan the ultimate holiday getaway to Leavenworth.
8 of the Best Things to Do for Christmas in Leavenworth
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. 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. Visit 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!
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 are spoiled with rustic-style guest suites packed with luxury amenities.
You will also enjoy a complimentary gourmet breakfast delivered straight to your door each morning! There’s no better way to complete your unique getaway.
Book your favorite room with Pine River Ranch today! We look forward to welcoming you to Leavenworth soon!