LEAVENWORTH VILLAGE OF LIGHTS TO “BRIGHTEN YOUR SEASON” IN THE SAFEST POSSIBLE WAYS

If ever there was a holiday season that could use a little brightening, 2020 is the one.

In the interests of keeping your holidays happy and healthy, The Bavarian Village of Leavenworth is rolling out a host of creative new ways to “Brighten Your Season” without heightening your risk amid the ongoing pandemic.

Traditionally, the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth, is packed with holiday revelers enjoying the annual Christmas Lighting Festival. But festivals mean crowds, so for the first time since 1966, the town decided to cancel the festival and replace it with an entire set of new, safety-centered approaches to holiday fun.

THE VILLAGE OF LIGHTS SHINES ON

One of America’s most stunning Christmas lighting displays with more than half a million lights adorning Front Street Park and the downtown corridor, will shine as brightly this year as ever before – but gone are the weekend lighting events. Instead, the lights will be on EVERY SINGLE DAY from dusk until dawn starting at Thanksgiving all the way until Valentine’s Day in February. This will allow visitors to enjoy the holiday lights anytime, especially mid-week and in the months surrounding the holidays and help avoid large congregations of people.

THE VILLAGE OF LIGHTS GOES VIRTUAL

In addition, a new live stream from downtown Leavenworth means that the Village of Lights can be enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your own home. Link coming soon!

LEAVENWORTH HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING GUIDE

Of course, all the shops and small businesses in Leavenworth need continued support through this important shopping season, but many of them offer their products online. We’ve assembled a comprehensive list of them all right here so that you can stuff those stockings with the best of Leavenworth without ever leaving home.

VILLAGE OF LIGHTS DIGITAL ADVENT CALENDAR

Beginning Dec. 1st, Leavenworth launches its first ever digital advent calendar with a new drawing every day through Christmas. Open a new calendar door online each day and you’ll be entered to win a gift from local Leavenworth vendors. There are more than $5,000 in gifts to be given, and every day you play earns you an additional entry in the Grand Prize Drawing to be held on Christmas Day for one of two Leavenworth Vacation Packages. Plus, none of the advent calendar prizes expire, so you can travel whenever you feel it’s safe to do so. Register once and return daily to see what’s behind each daily door.

FREE LEAVENWORTH KEEPSAKE ORNAMENT

To encourage mid-week shopping, the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce is offering a free ornament for your Christmas Tree to anyone with a receipt for a local purchase of $25 or more made any Monday through Thursday from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve. Simply come to the front door of the Leavenworth Visitor Center at 940 US Highway 2, Suite B. (Excluding groceries, gasoline or alcohol. While supplies last.) 

LOCAL SAFETY MEASURES

In addition to all these safety-minded holiday happenings, measures have been taken all over town to help keep you safe. Free masks and hand sanitizing stations are available around the downtown core. The three central blocks of Front Street has also been closed to vehicle traffic to allow for greater social distancing for visitors and locals alike in the downtown core.

This may not be a holiday season like any other we’ve ever experienced, but Leavenworth remains committed to filling your hearts with holiday joy. Brighten Your Season with the Leavenworth Village of Lights.