Washington November 24, 2016
8 Winter Festivals In Washington That Are Simply Unforgettable
Washington is not a state that hibernates in the winter. While it’s true that you can’t drive across the North Cascades Highway or camp in some of your favorite spots, there are a lot of fun events and activities happening statewide. We’ve also got some wonderful winter festivals that will help coax you out from underneath your blanket on the couch.
If you haven’t been to one of these eight winter festivals in Washington yet, make this the year you go.
1. Leavenworth Tree Lighting Festival
One of our most popular and well-known winter events also happens to be one of our most incredible festivals. On weekends in December, the city of Leavenworth is transformed into a winter wonderland with light displays, downtown decorations, events, and a daily (Saturday and Sunday) Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
2. Lake Chelan Winterfest
For almost 30 years, the Chelan community has gathered for its annual Winterfest. It’s a weekend of ice sculptures, wine tasting, live music, kids’ activities, and other events that prove Lake Chelan is not just a summer destination. The 2017 dates are January 13-22.
3. First Night Tacoma
The First Night Festival is a family-friendly New Year’s Eve event that takes place in cities across America. Tacoma was actually the first city west of the Mississippi to host it, and now lots of people brave the cold weather to ring in the new year together.
4. First Night Spokane
For those on the east side of the state, Spokane’s First Night celebration at Riverfront Park is a great place to be on New Year’s Eve. This year’s theme is Midnight in Wonderland.
5. Leavenworth Bavarian Ice Fest
Celebrate the season with a weekend of family fun in Leavenworth. With a snow sculpture competition, snowball toss, ice fishing and other activities, you may come to love winter after experiencing it. The 2017 dates are January 14-15.
6. Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival
It seems that Leavenworth really loves to celebrate winter. The Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival is a two day event (January 27-29) that combines live music with winter sports. Enjoy skiing, snowshoeing and tubing by day and live performances by night.
7. Winter Glow Spectacular, Spokane
The Winter Glow Spectacular, held at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, opens on December 9 with a fireworks display. The official dates are December 9-11, 15-23, and 26-30. They’ll have craft booths, tasty food and a film festival along with other daily activities.
8. Winterfest, Seattle Center
From November 25-December 31, the Seattle Center transforms into a sparkling winter wonderland. Go ice skating, check out the live performances and enjoy the special time with your family and friends.
Winter is a beautiful time in Washington. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t freak out a little when we know
winter is coming.