I’m like a little kid when it comes to Christmas lights and celebrations. There is something magical about this time of year with the special treats, traditions, music, decorations, and of course, the lights.

Leavenworth, Washington is one of the places in the Pacific Northwest known for celebrating the holidays in a big way. Country Living Magazine gave it the number one spot on its list of America’s Best Small Towns for Christmas. After visiting with my daughter, I can see why.

Christmas in Leavenworth, WA

I wrote about this great Christmas town for a post on Parenthood & Passports about the Best Christmas Destinations Around the World so you can read more about Leavenworth’s month-long celebration over there. You might also find a few more destinations you’ll want to visit next Christmas! (I’m definitely tempted by the posts on Toronto, Canada, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Cologne, Germany 🙂 )

If you decide to visit Leavenworth in December, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Christmas tree lights in Leavenworth, Washington
  • A two-lane highway is the only way to get in or out of Leavenworth. Go early to avoid traffic.
  • If you don’t want to drive, several bus companies shuttle groups into town for the events.
  • Better yet, just spend the night! But make your reservations early. Hotels and Airbnb get booked months in advance.
  • Dress warmly. This part of Washington gets plenty of snow so it can be really cold.
  • Most events are free, but you’ll want to have cash in hand for street vendors and craft fairs. Many are run by local groups raising money for their church, school or nonprofit organization.

For more information on the month-long celebration in Leavenworth, Washington, read my part of post on the Best Christmas Destinations Around the World or check out the Leavenworth events calendar at: http://leavenworth.org/calendar/

Looking for more holiday fun in the Inland Northwest? Check out the lighted parade and tree lighting ceremony in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho!

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