Like an enchanted village inside a swirling snow globe, the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, Washington, is truly an unforgettable winter experience. Nestled in the cusp of the Cascade Mountains, Leavenworth is the ultimate outdoor playground. Every winter the “Village of Lights” comes alive during the Holidays for a unique winter experience and the opportunity to create a lifetime of memories. In case you haven’t heard our lights are on every night from Thanksgiving through Valentine’s weekend!
Leavenworth hosts four Holiday festivals each year. Things kick off November 23-25 with Christkindlmarkt. Christkindlemarkt is an Annual Bavarian-style Christmas Market for the whole family and is held in Front Street Park and also in the Leavenworth Festhalle. This popular and celebrated northwest tradition features delicious and authentic Bavarian foods, handmade arts & crafts and other gifts, and family-friendly, Bavarian- and Christmas-themed entertainment. Christkindlmarkt is followed by Leavenworth’s grand Christmas Lighting Festival November 30, December 1-2, 7-9, 14-16. During Christmas Lighting, the quaint Bavarian village is transformed into a dazzling array of over 500,000 Christmas lights with live music, a special visit from Santa Claus, and more fun for the whole family.
Other fun Holiday events include:
- Bronn Journey Harp Concerts- November 27, 28, 29 & December 4, 5,
- The Village Voices Christmas Concerts- November 30 & December 7, 9
- Marlin Handbell Concerts- December 1, 3
January 19-20 Leavenworth plays host to the Bavarian Ice Festival. A celebration of the winter season, this is a great weekend to make family memories including snow sculptures, sled pulls, live ice carving, Stevens Pass Kids Playground, and the only annual firework show in Leavenworth. Also, you can still enjoy the beauty of the 500,000 lights still twinkling every night from Thanksgiving thru Valentine’s Day. Our last winter fest is January 25-26 at the Timbrrr! Music Festival. Created as the winter counterpart to the very successful Timber! Outdoor Music Festival, Timbrrr! is two days/nights of music and wintertime fun.
Leavenworth is the outdoor recreation epicenter of Washington. Winter is no exception with lots of sunny days and deep snow there are fun winter activities for the whole family. Are you a seasoned winter adventurer, check out our winter trails or visit the scenic backcountry. Have young kids? Take them to the Leavenworth Ski Hill for tubing and hot chocolate or enjoy some winter sledding in the area. Want to enjoy winter’s serenity? Take a quiet sleigh ride, dog sled trip, or snowshoe around Enchantment Park and Blackbird Island near downtown. With three locally groomed cross-country skiing areas, an alpine community ski hill, and many winter trail networks, there are countless winter adventures to be had for all ages.
This winter plan your trip to Leavenworth, the Village of Lights, for any of the town’s fun events or endless recreation opportunities!