When’s your favorite time to visit the mountains? Late summer is the most popular time to visit our region of Washington State, but did you know that there are many great things to do and see in Leavenworth in December? That’s right! Winter is Leavenworth’s secret season. From world-class ski resorts to holiday light displays, there are so many ways to experience this winter wonderland!
When you’re ready to plan your trip, request our Leavenworth, WA, Vacation Guide. This free resource is filled with recommendations on what to do in our area during any time of year!
Top 5 Things to Do in Leavenworth in December
No trip to a snow-covered destination would be complete without a day (or several!) of skiing. There are many ski resorts in the Leavenworth area for both downhill and cross-country skiing. You can find some of our favorite skiing near Leavenworth, WA, at Leavenworth Ski Hill, Mission Ridge Washington, and Stevens Pass Mountain Resort!
2. Sleigh Rides
On average, Washington State sees an annual snowfall of 15.5 inches. Our area’s snow-covered landscape makes for the perfect conditions for sleigh rides in Leavenworth, WA. Cozy up in a horse-drawn carriage and enjoy the beautiful views that surround you. December is one of the best months for snow in Leavenworth, so you’re sure to feel like you’re dashing through a winter wonderland!
3. Holiday Lights
December is filled with holiday cheer! When you’re not exploring our area’s enchanting outdoors, be sure to enjoy the twinkling lights that adorn our Bavarian town. Each year, downtown Leavenworth transforms into the Village of Lights. Cruise or stroll around downtown to view beautifully decorated Christmas trees and perfectly strung lights. You’re sure to feel to spirit of Kris Kringle!
4. Nutcracker Museum
Nutcrackers are a staple during the Christmas season. Learn more about the history, construction, and different types of Nutcrackers at the Nutcracker Museum. Here, you can view antique nutcrackers and even purchase one to take home from the gift shop. It’s the perfect addition to your Christmas décor!
5. Stay at Pine River Ranch
Stay at Pine River Ranch when you visit Leavenworth in December. Our bed and breakfast is located just a short drive from the area’s most popular attractions, while still being tucked away from the hustle and bustle of town. Pine River Ranch offers a selection of six suite-style rooms, premier amenities, and daily breakfast. There’s no cozier place to stay!
Consider a stay in the Lodgepole Suite. This suite features a real-rock propane fireplace, walk-in shower, radiant floor heat, pine log bed, and a private deck with access to trail systems around the property.
Check our availability to start planning your December trip to Leavenworth!