It is no surprise that December is the most popular month for visitors to come to Leavenworth. Below are some great tips for those planning on coming to our beautiful Christmastown this December, so your stay is a most enjoyable one! For those of you not traveling this December, you can still enjoy The Bavarian Village of Leavenworth from the comfort of your home! We are rolling out a host of creative new virtual ways to brighten your season like a live webcam of the lights, an online Holiday Gift Giving Guide and a Advent Calendar where you can win prizes to some of your favorite shops, restaurants and activities!
Here are the most up to date Holiday Hours for our shops, restaurants, recreation and activities:
Is the Christmas Lighting Festival or other events happening on the weekends and in the month of December?
Our festivals typically draw very large crowds and in our efforts to maximize safety for our community and visitors, we are no longer doing our traditional countdown or “flipping of the switch” for those Saturdays and Sundays in December. Instead, the lights will always be on 7 days a week from Thanksgiving through February and we have scheduled lots of fun entertainment and events both midweek and weekends throughout the month of December. Pro tip: A visit midweek or after the New Year will see fewer crowds and the same beautiful lights! We also have a virtual live-feed experience available so you can look at our beautiful lights from the comfort of your home: Live Webcam For more information on Christmastown in December please click here.
What safety measures are in place for Covid-19?
Front Street (the main street in downtown Leavenworth) has been closed to vehicle traffic since July of 2020 to allow for additional social distancing. Masks are currently mandatory inside public spaces so visitors should expect to wear masks indoors. Masks and sanitizing stations are also readily available throughout downtown. Please help keep our community safe!
What can we expect for parking and traffic flow on the weekends in December?
Traffic flow in and out of Leavenworth is typically very heavy on the first three Saturdays in December and we STILL expect impacts. To help mitigate traffic issues, we will have extra sheriff patrols and flaggers at intersections from 12 noon to 8 pm on Saturdays to help with outgoing traffic and safety primarily.
For parking, if you are not in town early in the day on the weekends, parking will be difficult and you will find yourself searching the streets of Leavenworth for a spot. Most paid parking lots tend to fill up before noon. We also anticipate traffic coming into town (especially from the East) on those Saturdays to be slow, particularly if we have any significant weather event. Please be prepared and check conditions on the WSDOT site if traveling over the mountain passes.
Where can I find a restroom in town?
There are 3 available indoor restroom facilities open 7 days a week; one at the Leavenworth Festhalle, one at Front Street Park near the Maipole, and one at 8th & Commercial St. We will place porta-potties near these permanent restrooms, as well as two at the Festhalle on the corner of 10th & Front St, and two in the parking lot at the Visitor Center located at 940 US Highway 2.
What are my dining options?
Restaurants are offering both inside and outside dining and there are take-out options at most restaurants as well. If town is very full, there can be wait times so please be patient; many of our businesses like so many other destinations are experience staffing shortages. On the first three weekends, we will be offering a few food booths in the park to accommodate the need.
What will my shopping options be like?
Leavenworth has so many great shopping opportunities! A stroll through our magical town and taking in all of the amazing one-of-kind treasures that Leavenworth is famous for is sure to please. We recommend checking off your Christmas shopping list here with us, you can even shop online if you prefer! We have so many treasures for you to take home with you.
Is there public transportation?
Our local bus company, Link Transit, has free shuttles running 7 days a week out of their park and ride location behind our Safeway grocery store from approximately 11 am-7 pm. If you park there and ride the shuttle into town, there are 3 stops on the way all getting you to the downtown area. For more information on the link schedule.
What can we do for recreational fun while we are here?
Leavenworth in the winter offers unparalleled recreation for everyone at every level! From 26 km of groomed Nordic track, to winter wonderland sleigh rides, thrilling snowmobiling, epic tubing and sledding, to downhill skiing and snowshoeing right in town, there is no shortage of winter fun to be had! Please visit our detailed recreation page for more information!