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Festivals & Events

Christmas Lighting Festival

  • Friday, December 5th, 2014
  • Saturday, December 6th, 2014
  • Sunday, December 7th, 2014
  • Friday, December 12th, 2014
  • Saturday, December 13th, 2014
  • Sunday, December 14th, 2014
  • Friday, December 19th, 2014
  • Saturday, December 20th, 2014
  • Sunday, December 21st, 2014

The first three full weekends in December are filled to the brim with holiday cheer and over half a million Christmas lights!
On Fridays, live musical performances of your favorite Christmas songs fill the streets from 4:00-9:00pm, interrupted briefly at 4:30pm for the arrival of St. Nickolas at the Front Street Gazebo, who welcomes children young and old with the story of his legacy and "gold" for the good boys and girls!
 
On Saturdays and Sundays live music begins at 11:00am, and the festivities kick into full gear at 12:00pm with the Arrival of Santa Parade (see below for information about how YOU can participate)!

Throughout the day you will find high-caliber performances in the Front Street Gazebo, including hand bell choirs, select dance performances from The Nutcracker, a top-ranking Army National Guard Dixie band, breakout solo artists, the best high school and professional choirs in the Pacific Northwest, and more!
 
You'll also find carolers strolling through town, the smell of roasted chestnuts filling the air, sledding in Front Street Park, a traditional Gluhwein Tent (selling hot spiced wine and cider), guided "Winter Wonderland Walks" along Leavenworth's Riverfront Park (on snowshoe if necessary!), a Christmas Story Corner, costumed Christmas characters (including Santa, Mrs., Claus, and Father Christmas), and more! On Sundays, kids can collect free cookies by following the "Cookie Crawl" map!
 
It all culminates each Saturday and Sunday with the Lighting Ceremony at 4:30pm, when a bit of pomp and circumstance brings about the lighting of the village with over half a millions lights!
 
Full Christmas Lighting schedule coming soon!
 
The winter fun doesn’t stop there! Holiday concerts and productions, tubing, sleigh and doglsed rides, snomobiling, alpline skiing and snowboarding, nordic skiing and snowshoeing - we have plenty of ways for you to make the most of our winter wonderland! Check out a full list of winter activities here!


FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES

Live Music in the Gazebo!

Full schedule coming soon!

Arrival of Santa Parade!
This year visitors are invited to join in the Arrival of Santa parade each Saturday & Sunday at 12:00pm by participating in the theme for each weekend!

  • Saturday & Sunday, Dec 6-7: Join in a Christmas Lighting tradition and make your own crazy Christmas hat, as Gregg Behounek and his friends have been doing for eight years! This year the theme is “Christmas Trees”!
  • Saturday & Sunday, Dec 13-14: Break out your ugliest Christmas sweater and strut your stuff!
  • Saturday & Sunday, Dec 20-21: Dress as one of Santa's elves!

Author Jan Brett comes to Leavenworth Sunday, Dec 14!

American author and illustrator Jan Brett (titles include The MittenThe Hat, and Gingerbread Baby; over 39 million books in print) will visit Leavenworth on Sunday, December 14 for a presentation about her new book, Animal’s Santa! Her presentation will begin at 10:00am, and she will sign autographs following her presentation until 12:00pm. Visit www.janbrett.com to learn how you and three friends can win lunch with Jan during her visit!

Winter Wonderland Walks!

Join the Wenatchee River Institute on a guided winter tour of Leavenworth's Riverfront Park (on snowshoe if necessary - snowshoes will be provided), and learn about Leavenworth's winter "wild" side! This 30-minute tour ends at WRI's state-of-the-art "barn" with complimentary hot drinks, delicious treats, a holiday art project, and photo opps with festively-dressed live animals! Tours leave the Front Street Gazebo each Saturday of the festival at 1pm and 2pm.

Christmas Story Corner!

Escape the cold and hear a classic Christmas story at the Leavenworth branch of the North Central Library each Saturday of the festival (Dec 6, 13 and 19)! Stay tuned for the detailed schedule.

Sunday Cookie Crawl!

On Sundays, kids 12 and under can collect free cookies at participating businesses by following the Cookie Crawl map, available in the Leavenworth Visitor Center (940 US Hwy 2, Suite B) or at the Front Street Gazebo.

  • Friday, December 5th, 2014
  • Saturday, December 6th, 2014
  • Sunday, December 7th, 2014
  • Friday, December 12th, 2014
  • Saturday, December 13th, 2014
  • Sunday, December 14th, 2014
  • Friday, December 19th, 2014
  • Saturday, December 20th, 2014
  • Sunday, December 21st, 2014
Time: 11:00am - 6:00 pm
Fee: No Charge
Leavenworth Chamber of CommerceDowntown LeavenworthT: (509) 548-5807

Downtown, Leavenworth, WA, 98826

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