7 Festive Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Leavenworth

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There’s always a reason to celebrate the start of a new year, especially when you’re spending a relaxing New Year’s Eve in Leavenworth, WA. Our Bavarian-inspired village in the Cascades provides plenty of ways for you and your loved ones to bring the year to a close and welcome the start of something new. Here are just a few ways to have a good time for a Leavenworth New Year’s Eve.

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7 Best Activities for New Year’s Eve

1. Explore Winter Wonderland

There is no place like Leavenworth during Christmas and New Year’s Eve. With fresh blankets of snow and thousands of twinkling lights, our Bavarian village transforms into a winter wonderland this time of year. Grab a hot coffee or hot cocoa and window shop the many stores and boutiques in town.

2. Take a Horse Drawn Carriage Through Town

While you are out and about in the downtown area, you might see Hans Christian Andersen Carriage Co.loading up passengers in their horse-drawn carriages. Take a romantic tour around town with your favorite people. See the festive light displays in style! Get some photos to cherish the memories of a magical time in Leavenworth!

3. Have a Romantic Dinner Out for New Year’s Eve in Leavenworth, WA

For many, the holidays are a magical time of year full of wonder and joy. Share that joy with your loved ones at a fabulous restaurant like Mozart’s Steakhouse. You can order authentic European steakhouse cuisine. They feature creative cuisine to pair with fine wines, cold cocktails, and ice cold beer. You might even hear a live piano player to add to the charming ambiance.

Another great restaurant to try on New Year’s Eve in Leavenworth is Watershed Café. They feature fine restaurant farm-to-table cuisine made from local farms and Pacific Northwest seafood. Enjoy soups, cheese plates, bruschetta, appetizers, and entrees like pork chops, wild King Salmon, or North Pacific ling cod in a peach relish and sweet chili butter sauce. You’ll certainly make great memories here.

4. Celebrate with Friends at the Local Bars

Ringing in the new year with a refreshing drink and good friends is truly unparalleled. During your getaway to Leavenworth, the most popular bars that stay open late are Ducks and Drakes and The Loft! These local hotspots serve delicious food, unique drinks, and high-quality service all night long! That way, you and your friends can greet the new year with memories that will last a lifetime.

5. Listen to Live Music

Several restaurants in Downtown Leavenworth feature live music performances on New Year’s Eve! Two of the most popular places to go are Andreas Keller and King Ludwig’s, both of which usually present authentic Bavarian music by local talents. Another exciting spot for live music is the Bavarian Bistro and Bar. It is known for its delicious $3 sliders, poutine fries, and drink specials. If you want live polka music, try Ludwig’s Gasthaus German restaurant for an entertaining Leavenworth New Year’s Eve!

At Baren Haus, you can enjoy acoustic rock with Paul Sweeney and enjoy dinner and drinks at the restaurant. German entrees include items like Schnitzel, Bratwurst platters, German Sausage platters, and many more authentic dishes. Try something tasty like a Grapefruit Tequila Slammer or a Shark Bite cocktail!

6. Spend the Day in the Snow for New Year’s Eve in Leavenworth, WA

The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club is the perfect place for people who love the outdoors. They have days worth of activities you can enjoy. Go sledding or tubing with the kids. Or try Nordic skiing or snowshoeing.

If snowboarding or downhill skiing is your style, they have hills for you too. And if you are into the more extreme sports, you can try their ski jump and slowly work your way up to the 27-meter jump! For something different, jump on a fat bike and ride some snowy trails!

You can purchase tickets on location for one activity or get a day pass and enjoy them all. A perfect New Year’s Eve activity for the entire family!

7. Stay In and Relax

If you prefer a quieter night, order a cheese board, get a bottle of wine and your favorite movie, and stay in a cozy suite for a romantic New Year’s Eve in Leavenworth, WA. Avoid the cold and the crowds and spend time with the one you love. With tons of shops around town, you can bring dinner and snacks back to the room and have fun hanging out in luxury!

Plan a Winter Escape to Leavenworth at Pine River Ranch

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Of course, the best way to experience Leavenworth in winter is unwinding at Pine River Ranch! Our historic bed & breakfast provides a romantic and rustic atmosphere for guests to leave their worries behind and create memories they’ll always treasure. For a truly memorable escape, we suggest taking advantage of our exclusive Sweetheart Vacation Package, which includes a bottle of wine and chocolate-covered strawberries delivered straight to your room. As you indulge, you can spend your evening cuddling by the fireplace, soaking in your in-room whirlpool tub, or watching your favorite programs.

Are you ready for a winter getaway you’ll always remember? Pine River Ranch provides guests with a peaceful ambiance and is just minutes from all the best local attractions. Enjoy rustic-style guest suites, modern amenities, a piping hot breakfast delivered straight to your door, and much more! Unlike generic Leavenworth hotels, our inn offers one-of-a-kind Washington State getaways. So, what are you waiting for? Book your escape to Pine River Ranch today! We look forward to seeing you soon.