The One Annual Winter Festival In Washington Every Washingtonian Should Bundle Up For At Least Once
There are two types of Washingtonians: those who don beanies and heavy coats and embrace winter, and those who prefer to hide on the couch under blankets until spring. But no matter which type you are, you should add Lake Chelan’s Winterfest to your bucket list. This annual winter festival is so beautiful and so fun, you’ll forget that it’s freezing outside—we promise. Come see why this is one of the most underrated and locally loved events of the season.
Winterfest has been a Lake Chelan tradition for years, and it seems to get bigger and brighter every year.
And even though they've had to scale back the celebrations in recent years due to current conditions, it's as amazing as ever. In fact, this coming festival just might be their best yet.
Chelan is one of Washington's most popular summer destinations, but those who have been in the winter know just how magical it is year-round.
Lake Chelan sits on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains range in a glacial valley that gets about 300 days of sunshine every year. So even though it gets quite cold, you just might see some sunshine when you visit.
The next Winterfest is January 14–23, 2022, and it's a valley-wide event.
Winterfest buttons went on sale on December 1. For a mere $5, you can get an all-access pass to special offers at restaurants, retail stores. wineries, breweries, cideries, and more.
The ice sculptures are always a major attraction, and you can see them all on the Ice Sculptures Driving Tour.
Throughout the week, there will also be live ice sculpture carvings throughout Chelan and Manson.
Of course, anyone who has ever been to Winterfest will tell you that nothing tops the fireworks. There's just something about watching them reflecting off the snowy peaks.
This year, there will be two fireworks shows, one on January 15th and one on January 22nd.
The best part about Winterfest is that you can enjoy it with anyone (or even solo).
Bring your special someone, treat the entire family, or gather a group of friends and have a great time.
There's no better cure for cabin fever than coming together and embracing winter in this beautiful community.
Lake Chelan is a wonderful place, and this festival just might make a winter lover out of you.
Have you ever been to Winterfest? Check out the official schedule
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Lake Chelan, Washington, USA