- How do I receive the Christmas Lighting discount?
- What to Expect this Holiday Season!
- Is the Lighting Festival happening on the weekends?
- What safety measures are in place for Covid-19?
- What is the parking situation and traffic flow in December?
- Where can I find a restroom?
- What are the dining options?
- What are the Shopping options?
- Is there Public Transportation?
- What recreational activities are there?
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It is no wonder that December is one of the most popular months for visitors to come and visit the town of Leavenworth. We have made an easy list with some great tips for those planning on coming to visit the beautiful Christmastown this December. We want your stay to be as enjoyable as possible! For those of you who wont be traveling this year, Leavenworth has created a host of new virtual visits, ways to brighten your season with live webcams of the lights, online holiday guides and more.
The lighting festivals typically draw in larges crowds of people, so to minimize the risk and maximize safety protocols, we are no longer doing our traditional countdown or “flipping of the switch.” Instead, the lights will be on 7 days a week from Thanksgiving to February. Leavenworth has scheduled a ton of fun entertainment and events both in the midweek and weekends throughout the entire month of December.
Front Street which is the main street in downtown Leavenworth has been closed to vehicle traffic to enhance pedestrian traffic and provide additional social distancing. Masks are currently mandatory inside public spaces so visitors should prepare accordingly. Masks and sanitizing stations are readily available throughout downtown.
Traffic is extremely heavy during the first three Saturdays of December. To help mitigate traffic there will be extra sheriff patrols and flaggers at intersections from 12 noon to 8 PM on Saturdays to help with traffic flow and safety. If you are not in town early in the day on the weekends expect difficult parking. Most paid parking lots tend to fill up before noon. We anticipate heavy traffic coming into town. Check the WSDOT site if traveling over any passes.
There are three restrooms available to the public open 7 days a week. One at the Leavenworth FestHalle, another one at the Front Street Park near Maipole, and one at the intersection of 8th and Commercial street. Porta-potties will also be available during the month.
Restaurants are offering both inside and outside dining options, as well as take-out. If the town is full then there will be wait times so please be patient. On the first three weekends there will be food booths offering different options to accommodate the need.
Shopping in Leavenworth is a magical experience, it’s a great time to take in all of the amazing treasures and unique storefronts Leavenworth is famous for. Come take a look at some of the unique options, or take a look online beforehand! We recommend doing all of your Christmas shopping here!
Link Transit is the local bus company that has free shuttles running 7 days a week out of their park and ride location behind the Safeway grocery store approximately from 11am to 7pm. The ride has 3 stops on the way all of which get you into downtown.
Leavenworth offers some of the best winter experiences around. From 26km of groomed Nordic track to sleigh rides with actual reindeer, the options are endless. Thrilling snowmobiling, epic tubing and sledding. Downhill skiing and snowshoeing are both available in town. There is NO SHORTAGE of winter fun to be had!