The Christmas Lights Road Trip Through Washington That’s Nothing Short Of Magical

The holidays go by in the blink of an eye, and before you know it, it’s January and the trees are sitting on the curb, next to this year’s burned-out Christmas bulbs. So the time to start planning your holiday season in Washington is now! This little road trip route will take you to some of the best Christmas lights in Washington state, and it can easily be done in two days if you time it right. If you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, you will be after you make this journey.

Where’s your favorite place to go to see the best Christmas lights in Washington state? Did we miss any of your favorite spots? Tell us!

For more seasonal fun in the Evergreen State, be sure to bookmark the ultimate guide to seasonal activities in Washington for pumpkin patches, corn mazes, apple picking, and so much more.

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Christmas lights in Washington

October 12, 2021

What's the best Christmas town in Washington?

Hands down, the best Christmas town in Washington is Leavenworth. Every year, this charming Bavarian city goes all out for the holidays, creating an enchanting downtown scene that's straight out of a fantasy. Visiting Leavenworth during the holiday season is an absolute must. Not only is it Washington’s iconic Christmas town, but it’s also actually considered one of the best Christmas towns in the entire worldBetween the tree lighting ceremony, downtown sledding hill (how cool!), and decked-to-the-nines business district, you'll be positively delighted by this treasure of a Christmas town.

What are some holiday traditions in Washington?

The holiday season is nothing short of magical -- especially if you're a kid (and parent!). Writing to Santa, visiting dazzling light displays, going to festivals, eagerly counting down the days to Christmas Eve... it really is the most wonderful time of the year. This holiday season, reclaim some of that childhood magic aboard this Christmas train in Washington. Each year, the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad hosts not one, but two different Christmas excursions sure to get you in the holiday spirit. 

What are some other beautiful holiday road trips in Washington?

If you need a change of scenery, the charming town of Chelan makes a perfect year-round getaway destination. But during the holidays, the town's annual Winterfest celebration puts the charm factor over the top! The Chelan Valley turns into a winter wonderland around Thanksgiving, and that's when the holiday festivities kick off here. From late November to early February, there's always something fun on the local calendar. Skiing, cross-country skiing, fireworks, charming local businesses, wineries... there is so much to see and do in this amazing Washington town, that you might want to go all in and book a winter break vacation here!