Washington December 01, 2018
At Christmastime, This Washington Town Has The Most Enchanting Main Street In The Country
Some people thing Leavenworth is the next best thing to Bavaria. Some think it’s an overrated tourist trap. But whatever your opinion of the failing-railroad-town-turned-German-village may be, we can all agree on one thing: At Christmastime, this charming town is downright enchanting. In fact, you won’t find a better Main Street anywhere in the country.
Leavenwoth's Main Street, Commercial Street, is a ridiculously charming place to explore in any season...
... but there's truly something magical about visiting this time of year.
The city council works hard to turn the town into a snow globe every winter. The annual Village of Lights is so unique, it often receives national -- and even international -- attention. Over 500,000 lights are used to create this enchanting experience.
The Christmas Lighting Festival is certainly the season's most popular event, but Leavenworth actually hosts four winter festivals.
You can also go to Christkindlemarkt in late November (a Bavarian-style Christmas Market), the the Bavarian Ice Festival in mid-January, and the Timbrrr! Music Festival in late January.
The Village of Lights typically stays up until mid-February, so you can go late in the season if you'd rather avoid the crowds. In fact, the locals recommend coming during the week if you can so you can walk through the village without sharing the space with thousands of other visitors.
Along with the fantastic shopping and seasonal events, kids (and kids at heart) enjoy sledding and tubing on the Leavenworth Ski Hill right in the heart of town.
Leavenworth isn't always easy to reach in the winter. But if you can make it, you'll never forget it.
If mother nature doesn't deliver on snow in time, the city may even bring out the snow machine to make sure everyone can enjoy the hill. There's really nothing else quite like this in the country. Come see why the Matador Network and many other travel publications have called it the top winter city in America.
Leavenworth is absolutely incredible this time of year… but then again,
there’s never a bad time to visit.