This Christmas, we wanted to do a little more to bring the Christmas magic alive. With losing my Mom in April, I knew that this Christmas would be a tough one (and it sure was), and I would need to escape to a magical place to be able to clear my head and be able to survive Christmas itself. After hearing so much about Leavenworth at many different times of year (Octoberfest, anyone?), I thought that it would be fun to go play in the snow and see some pretty Christmas lights. Sort of like a pre-Christmas, Christmas trip. It was the perfect, snow-covered getaway to clear my head and find the Christmas spirit.
This Bavarian themed city is located in the central part of Washington State. If you’ve ever been to Germany, you’ll feel like you have been transported back. The architecture is beautiful and the merchants offer everything you would hope to find, including a Das Boot beer glass. And, in December, Leavenworth provides all the necessities for romance and family fun during the holidays.
Taking a stroll around town, you’ll be able to enjoy the sight of kids sledding in the heart of town, stunning Christmas lights, live holiday Christmas music and shops serving warm treats. We especially loved the fun countdown to all the twinkling lights coming alive in the heart of the town.
We loved the drive to and from Leavenworth. We loved seeing the trees painted with snow and how picturesque all our surrounding felt. I couldn’t stop snapping photos. As you can see in the photos below, there was good reason to keep snapping away!
When you’re visiting Leavenworth in Winter, be sure you take the proper precautions for winter driving conditions:
- Don’t rush. Take your time.
- Winterize your vehicle. This should include an examination of the spare tire, battery, belts, hoses, anti-freeze, tires, brakes, heater, defroster and windshield wipers.
- Have winter tires with good traction.
- Have chains for your tires; both routes from Vancouver to Leavenworth had signage saying chains were recommended, or mandatory.
- Clear all snow and ice completely off windows, side view mirrors,headlights, taillights and licence plates.
- Buckle up!
- Try to keep your vehicle’s fuel tank more than half full. The extra volume can help reduce moisture problems in your fuel system and it adds extra weight to your vehicle. A topped-up gas tank will also be an asset if you become stranded.
If you want to stay at a hotel right in the heart of the Leavenworth celebrations, be prepared to pay a pretty penny and you’ll find that you have to book a year in advance as rooms are reserved fast. Since we didn’t book a year in advance, we ended up staying outside of the town in Wenatchee. There are a ton of pay parking lots near the main strip, but some free spots can be found. We were able to park on a side street in front of a church; it worked out wonderfully and was free!
Also, most stores don’t allow strollers inside. If it is snowy, your best bet is to pull the kids around on a sled or baby wear. A stroller would have been a big pain in all the snow that there was, though the main Leavenworth road was well kept.
We couldn’t get enough of the beautiful millions upon millions of Christmas lights. Take a look and we’re sure you’ll fall in love too:
We absolutely loved Leavenworth and are glad we took the opportunity to explore and unwind for this weekend getaway.
Have you visited Leavenworth? What festival did you go for?