Leavenworth Washington Christmas Lighting Festival

 

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Celebrate Christmas at the 2017 Leavenworth Washington Christmas Lighting Festival

(see lodging and day trip information below main story)

Each year the tiny Bavarian themed village of Leavenworth Washington, celebrates Christmas with a world famous Christmas Lighting Festival.

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Leavenworth Washington Christmas Lighting Festival 2017 Schedule

Friday, December 1, 2017
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Friday, December 8, 2017
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Sunday, December 17, 2017

Please note that on Friday evenings all the Leavenworth Christmas lights are turned on so that the village shines as visitors arrive for the weekend. There is not actual lighting ceremony on Friday evenings.

‘Tis the season: Small towns go all out for Christmas
by Carri Wilbanks, Special for USA TODAY | Published on December 11, 2015

Calendar of Events in Leavenworth Washington This December

Leavenworth Washington Christmas Lighting Festival

Sledding in the snow in the park by the Gazebo in Leavenworth

Celebrate this holiday season with a trip to a Bavarian winter wonderland nestled in the Cascades.

Village of Lights Display
Thanksgiving Weekend  – Valentine’s Day
The village glows with over half a million lights every night from Thanksgiving weekend through Valentine’s Day weekend! Come enjoy the magic!
Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce | 509-548-5807 | leavenworth.org

Leavenworth Christkindlmarkt
November 24, 25, 26
A traditional Bavarian style Christmas Market with crafts for the kids, entertainment, a parade of lanterns, Santa Claus, and Christking and Saint Nicholas.
Christkindlemarkt in Leavenworth takes place in the downtown city park and in the Leavenworth Festalle.
Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce | 509-548-5807 | www.leavenworth.org

Bronn & Katherine Journey: Christmas Harp & Voice
December 5, 6, 7 | 7:30pm
Harpist Bronn Journey performs Christmas classics accompanied by his wife, vocalist Katherine Journey. Entertaining and enthralling, this is truly a concert experience everyone can enjoy.
Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce | 509-548-5807 | www.leavenworth.org

Marlin Handbells Christmas Concert
December 1 & 4 | Times vary
Twelve local residents bring the magic of handbell music to the Bavarian Village, ringing 108 English handbells!
Marlin Handbells | 509 – 548 – 5138 | www.marlinhandbells.com

Village Voices “A Leavenworth Family Christmas” Concert
December 1, 8, 10 | Times vary
Celebrate “Christmas in the Mountains” with Leavenworth’s very own Village Voices!
Village Voices | 509-393-5071 | www.leavenworthvillagevoices.org

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Friday, December 8, 2017

  • 4:00pm-5:00pm: John Wagner
John Wagner is familiar to local audiences as cofounder and performer with Leavenworth Summer Theater. He has performed with several Seattle area companies, most recently with Lyric Opera Northwest.
  • 4:30pm: Arrival of Saint Nikolaus!
Saint Nikolaus arrives at the Gazebo by carriage with “gold” for the good boys and girls!
  • 5:00pm-6:00pm: Ernest Palmer
Ernest Palmer is a regular performer with the Leavenworth Summer Theater and has appeared at Village Theatre and The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle.
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm: Mr & Mrs Something
Weaving the soulful passion of blues and rock with the honesty of folk, Mr & Mrs Something offer a refreshing taste of hope that feels like coming home.
  • 8:00pm-9:00pm: Twin Falls Middle School Choir
Building a tradition of musical excellence in the Snoqualmie Valley, the TFMS 7th & 8th grade choirs are excited to bring their program to tonight’s performance. They hope you enjoy the show!

 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

  • 11:00am-12:00pm: Bethel High School Choir
This choir from Spanaway, WA, currently boasts 75 students dedicated to musicianship, camaraderie, and performance.
  • 12:00pm: Arrival of Santa!
Meet us on Front Street as a cast of Christmas characters – including Father Christmas, Santa and Mrs. Claus – march from the Festhalle to the Gazebo with all the pomp & circumstance necessary to kick-off the
festivities!
Participate in this weekend’s theme and wear your ugliest Christmas Sweater to march in the Santa Claus parade! Meet at the Festhalle (1001 Front St) at 11:45am.
  • 12:00pm-1:30pm: Mount Tahoma High School Choir
The Mount Tahoma High School Music department has a rich history of excellence through arduous work. They challenge students to reach beyond their limits and contribute to society through music.
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm: Central Washington University Horn Club
The Central Washington University Horn Club is exclusively made up of current university students. The group performs 1-2 full concert programs per year and has released two Christmas CDs.
  • 2:30pm-4:00pm: Mr & Mrs Something
See description on Friday, Dec. 8 at 6:00pm.
  • 4:00pm-6:00pm: Common Ground Choir
Common Ground Choir originated in Scandinavia where Dan Hegelund has performed with his choir in the Presidential Palace of Ukraine. When Dan relocated to Issaquah, the choir was reborn here in the USA.
  • 4:30pm: Christmas Lighting Ceremony!
Traditional alphorns kick-off the parade of stars & bells and the lighting of the Christmas Tree. Santa and a few local celebrities will lead the countdown to the lighting of the town and park with over half a million lights! This is the moment we have all been waiting for!
  • 6:00pm-6:30pm: Leavenworth Alphorns
The evening serenade is followed by a brief demonstration with information and fun facts about this fascinating alpine folk instrument.
  • 6:30pm: Living Nativity
Enjoy the performance of the Nativity presented by local churches.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

  • 11:00am-12:00pm: Central Washington University Horn Club
See description on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 1:30pm.
  • 12:00pm: Arrival of Santa!
See description on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 12:00pm.
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm: Wenatchee High School Choir
Please welcome Wenatchee High School’s various choirs directed by Dawn McCormick!
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm: Salvation Army Brass Band
Typically made up of 4 to 5 brass instruments, the Salvation Army Band plays a variety of old and new Christmas carols and songs.
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm: Cascade High School Select Choir
This award-winning choir has appeared on “Good Morning America” and “The Today Show”.
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm: Apollo Club
The Wenatchee Apollo Club was formed in 1910 when the Rev. Stuart Hyatt assembled 14 young men to organize a group to sing for their community.
  • 4:00pm-6:00pm: Sonoro Women’s Choir
Located in the Puget Sound area, this choir’s mission is to inspire passion for choral music through accessibility and education.
  • 4:30pm: Christmas Lighting Ceremony!
See description on Saturday, Dec 9 at 4:30pm.
  • 6:00pm-6:30pm: Leavenworth Alphorns
See description on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 6:30pm.

Friday, December 15, 2017

  • 4:00pm-6:30pm: One Street Over
Originally from Nashville, this amazing Father-daughter duo features vocalist Bridgette Lewis with world class guitarist Michael Lewis.
  • 4:30pm: Arrival of Saint Nikolaus!
Saint Nikolaus arrives at the Gazebo by carriage with “gold” for the good boys and girls!
  • 6:30pm-8:00pm: Cavalero Jr High Band
The Cavelero Wind Ensemble is the premier band of Cavelero. It is an audition band and it performs in festivals, competitions and parades throughout the school year.
  • 8:00pm-9:00pm: John Wagner
John Wagner is familiar to local audiences as co-founder and performer with Leavenworth Summer Theater. He has performed with several Seattle area companies, most recently with Lyric Opera Northwest.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

  • 11:00am- 12:00pm: Kristin Chambers
Kristin Chambers is a versatile songwriter, singer and recording artist. Her award-winning 2015 album, Snow Globe, was described as a ‘mesmeric collection of Christmas songs.
  • 12:00pm: Arrival of Santa!
Meet us on Front Street as a cast of Christmas characters – including Father Christmas, Santa and Mrs. Claus – march from the Festhalle to the Gazebo with all the pomp & circumstance necessary to kick-off the festivities!

Participate in this weekend’s theme by dressing in red and green! Meet up at the Festhalle (1001 Front St) at 11:45am to be in the Santa Claus processional!

  • 12:00pm-1:00pm: Bellevue Youth Choir
The Bellevue Youth Choir offers unmatched musicianship training, inspired performances, and a joyful, spirited community of girls and boys ages 8-18. The choirs have performed on KOMO TV for the Miracle Season, benefiting Children’s Hospital and the Heart of the Valley Choir Festival.
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm: One Street Over
See description on Friday, Dec. 15th at 4:00pm
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm: Kristin Chambers
See description on Saturday, Dec. 16th at 11:00am
  • 4:00pm-6:00pm: Mill Creek Chorale
The Mill Creek Chorale is a 60-member group of Adult Community Artists striving for vocal excellence and comprised of auditioned singers based in the beautiful Mill Creek neighborhood of Snohomish County, WA. Founded in August 2014, this ensemble is fast becoming the premier adult community ensemble within Snohomish County.
  • 4:30pm: Christmas Lighting Ceremony!
Traditional alphorns kick-off the parade of stars & bells and the lighting of the Christmas Tree. Santa and a few local celebrities will lead the countdown to the lighting of the town and park with over half a million lights! This is the moment we have all been waiting for!
  • 6:00pm-6:30pm: Leavenworth Alphorns
The evening serenade is followed by a brief demonstration with information and fun facts about this fascinating alpine folk instrument.
  • 6:30pm : Living Nativity
Enjoy the performance of the Nativity presented by local churches.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

  • 11:00am- 12:00pm: Rainier Youth Choir
The Rainier Youth Choir believes in changing children’s lives through song. Celebrating their 25th season, the choirs consist of a diverse group of singers ranging from 2nd to 12th grade.
  • 12:00pm: Arrival of Santa!
See description on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 12:00pm.
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm: Northern Sound Choir
Northern Sound Choirs presents “Sonus Boreal,” Snohomish County’s premiere women’s choir, accompanied by Laurie Breon and directed by Stuart Hunt. The choirs are dedicated to performing quality choral music and advocating for quality fine arts curriculum in public schools.
  • 1:00pm-2:00pm: General 7’s Dixieland Band
This detachment of the 133rd Army National Guard Band is the number one ranked National Guard band in the United States. As musical ambassadors, they perform all over the state.
  • 2:00pm -3:00pm: Joe Fina Four Sax Quartet
The Joe Fina Four is a saxophone quartet based in Monroe, WA. The quartet plays music from all genres, but mainly focuses on jazz and swing.
  • 3:00pm -4:00pm: Northern Sound Choir
See description on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 12:00pm.
  • 4:00pm -6:00pm: Village Voices
Leavenworth Village Voices is celebrating 33 years as a community chorus. They provide the opportunity for members to sing in a professionally directed mixed chorus.
  • 4:30pm: Christmas Lighting Ceremony!
See description on Saturday, Dec 16 at 4:30pm.
  • 6:00pm-6:30pm: Leavenworth Alphorns
See description on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 6:30pm.

Snowy Owl Christmas Series

December weekends | Times vary
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts offers a full Christmas Series, including an old-fashioned radio show, films, a concert by Grammy Award-winning Tingstad and Rumbel, evenings filled with live holiday music and more!
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts | 877-265-6026 | www.icicle.org

  • Friday December 1 at 7:30pm – A Handbell Christmas
    Celebrate the holiday season with Leavenworth’s Marlin Handbell Ringers and friends!
    Join us for this festive concert featuring 13 ringers and 108 handbells, singers Maren Cagle and David Harvill, flute duo Susan Ballinger and Amy Carlson, and more!
  • Saturday Decebmer 2 at 5:30pm – Babette’s Feast
    Movie and multi-course dining experience, featuring Chef Richard Kitos.
  • Friday December 8 at 7:30pm – Snowy Owl Family Christmas Show
    Stunning singers and musicians with your Christmas favorites in an old-time radio show with a tender Christmas story
  • Saturday December 9 at 1:00pm – Snowy Owl Family Christmas Show
  • Saturday December 9 at 7:30pm – Snowy Owl Family Christmas Show
  • Friday December 15 at 7:30pm – Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide
    Three generations of the Boulding family will set the stage ablaze with the Tara Academy Irish Dancers, lively fiddling of Jocelyn Pettit, soulful songs of Colleen Raney with brilliant Dublin guitarist Colm MacCarthaigh, dynamic percussionist Matt Jerrell, and Philip and Pam’s Celtic harp and hammered dulcimer, augmented by cello, violin, whistles, accordion and concertina. This festive gala of music, dance, storytelling, juggling, and songs of the season brings warmth and joy into the heart of winter.
  • Saturday December 16 at 1:00pm – Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide

Leavenworth Summer Theater Winter Production To Be Announced
Presented by Leavenworth Summer Theater.
Leavenworth Summer Theater | 509-548-2000 | www.leavenworthsummertheater.org

 

Lodging and Hotels in Leavenworth Washington

For the month of December hotels and resorts in Leavenworth fill up quickly. Sunday’s are a good option for enjoying the Christmas Lighting Festival because there are often more accommodations available Sunday night.

Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort 3 Star

Alpen Rose Inn Alpen Rose Inn 3 Star

Obertal Inn Obertal Inn 2 Star

Blackbird Lodge Blackbird Lodge 2.5 Star

Howard Johnson Express Inn - Leavenworth Howard Johnson Express Inn – Leavenworth 2 Star

Fairbridge Inn & Suites Fairbridge Inn & Suites 2 Star

Leavenworth Day Trip – Clipper Vacations Holiday Packages

Leavenworth Day Trip for Christmas Lighting by Clipper Vacations

The Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival is a Washington state tradition. Spend the afternoon shopping and enjoying the quaint town of Leavenworth, as the aroma of roasting chestnuts fills the air. At 4:30, St. Nickolas will arrive at the Front Street Gazebo to welcome children, young and old. Enjoy live Christmas music and entertainment. And when the sun begins to set, gather around the gazebo in the center of town for a magical moment, when thousands of voices begin singing “Silent Night” and, one by one, the trees begin to light. You’ll never experience anything quite like this traditional holiday festival. And if you have a glass of hot mulled wine to warm you up, don’t worry, because you’re being brought back across the pass by motor-coach.

Includes: round-trip transportation aboard a deluxe motor-coach from the Seattle area with pickup at various locations, light breakfast served en route, snacks and water on the return, all taxes and a tour host.

Book your trip

• Departures available from Bellevue, Northgate, Downtown, Auburn, Lynnwood & Tacoma.
• *Christkindlmarkt – Saturday, November 25 (Bellevue & Downtown Pier 69 ONLY)
• Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival – Saturdays: December 2, 9 & 16 (Bellevue, Lynnwood, Northgate, Downtown Pier 69, Auburn & Tacoma)
**Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival – Sundays: December 3, 10 & 17 (Bellevue, Downtown Pier 69 & Auburn ONLY)
• Special arrangements may be made for guests with limited mobility, please call for assistance
• Pricing in USD and may vary based on actual travel dates
• Subject to change
• Cancellations outside of 14 days are eligible for a full refund. Cancellations within 14-7 days prior to departure are eligible for a 50% refund. Cancellations within 7 days are non-refundable.

Call (800) 829-5448