Visiting Leavenworth in the Winter

Leavenworth's annual Christmas celebration has been featured on many national television programs and draws visitors from all over the world. There's truly something for everyone when the town becomes a bonafide winter wonderland. Leavenworth's famous Christmas lights are on from November to March so there are plenty of opportunities to take them in if you don't want to contend with the holiday crowds. Keep the Christmas spirit going all throughout the winter season by checking out some of these activities in town.


The annual Christmas Lighting festival looks a little different than in previous years. There is no lighting ceremony on Saturdays but there are so many more activities throughout the month of December on weekdays and weekends. Check out the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce for entertainment calendars, shopping promotions, and more!


Browse Leavenworth’s impressive selection of wine tasting rooms representing wineries across the state. Some even offer gluhwein, a traditional European drink of hot, spiced wine. It’s the perfect way to warm up before heading back out on the town!


Leavenworth has been a skiing destination since the 1920s. In fact, it was the site of national record-setting ski jumping for many years, well before it became the Bavarian village we know and love. Today visitors can easily access downhill skiing at Stevens Pass, Mission Ridge, and the local Leavenworth Ski Hill where you can still see the old ski jump from the 1950s on Bakke Hill. Nordic Skiing has grown in popularity in the area and cross-country skiers can choose between trails in Plain, Kahler Glen, and Leavenworth.

After a day on the slopes, don’t forget to check out the Northwest Ski Hall of Fame at the Greater Leavenworth Museum and learn more about Leaveworth's notable ski history!

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