Leavenworth Washington Christmas Lighting Festival

Christmas Lighting in Leavenworth from Icicle TV

Celebrate Christmas at the 2020 Leavenworth Washington Christmas Lighting Festival – Cancelled for 2020

(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.

White Shines Warmest (Leavenworth WA) from Voortex Productions

Is the Christmas Lighting Festival or other events happening on the weekends and in the month of December?

This year due to Covid-19, we are adapting to circumstances and are doing things differently.  Our festivals typically draw very large crowds and in our efforts to maximize safety for our community and visitors, we have canceled our Christmas Lighting Festival and countdown for 2020 which was scheduled for the first three Saturdays and Sundays of December. Other events in town have been canceled this year as well.

Are your beautiful Christmas Lights going to be on this year?

Yes! We keep our downtown park lights (over half a million and counting) up and on every day from Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day (barring any power or storm issues), there is no pomp and circumstance or big reveal this year though, they will just be on every day. So, for those who plan on visiting you will be able to enjoy the lights daily, and for those who will be staying home, we have a virtual live-feed experience available so you can look at our beautiful lights from the comfort of your home: Live Webcams

Pro Tip: A  visit midweek or after the new year will see fewer crowds and the same beautiful lights!

See updates and Leavenworth Covid-19 safety measures

Leavenworth Washington Christmas Lighting Festival 2020 Schedule

*** Cancelled for 2020 *** Please use the following information as a general guide for planning a 2021 visit

December 05, 2020
December 06, 2020
December 11, 2020
December 12, 2020
December 13, 2020
December 18, 2020
December 19, 2020
December 20, 2020

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 last weekend

Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

A traditional Bavarian style Christmas Market with crafts for the kids, entertainment, a parade of lanterns, Santa Claus, and Christkind and Saint Nicholas.
Christkindlemarkt in Leavenworth takes place in the downtown city park and in the Leavenworth Festalle.
Projekt Bayern | 509-445-6183 | christkindlmarktleavenworth.com/

Bronn & Katherine Journey: Christmas Harp & Voice
December | 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  | 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  | Times vary
Celebrate “Christmas in the Mountains” with Leavenworth’s very own Village Voices!
Village Voices | 509-393-5071 | www.leavenworthvillagevoices.org

Icicle Brewing

See Washington State Tours full restaurant guide for Leavenworth  with over 50 restaurants and eateries

Monday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

7:30 pm A Handbell Christmas

Tuesday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

7:30 pm Bronn Journey Harp Concert in Leavenworth Festhalle

Wednesday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

7:30 pm Bronn Journey Harp Concert

Thursday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

7:30 pm Bronn Journey Harp Concert

Friday December

10 am Christmas Bazaar – 621 Front Street Leavenworth WA

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

4:30 pm Christmas Lighting Festival Live Performances. Note that there is no lighting ceremony on Friday’s turning on the lights. They are all on and very beautiful.

7:30 pm Village Voices

Saturday December

10 am Christmas Bazaar – 621 Front Street Leavenworth WA

12 pm Christmas Lighting Festival

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

7:30 pm A Handbell Christmas

Sunday December

10 am Christmas Bazaar – 621 Front Street Leavenworth WA

12 pm Christmas Lighting Festival

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

Monday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

Tuesday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

7:30 pm Bronn Journey Harp Concert in Leavenworth Festhalle

Wednesday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

7:30 pm Bronn Journey Harp Concert in Leavenworth Festhalle

Thursday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

7:30 pm Bronn Journey Harp Concert in Leavenworth Festhalle

Friday December

10 am Christmas Bazaar – 621 Front Street Leavenworth WA

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

4:30 pm Christmas Lighting Festival

7:30 pm Village Voices

7:30 pm Tingstad & Rumbel at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts

Saturday December

10 am Christmas Bazaar – 621 Front Street Leavenworth WA

12 pm Christmas Lighting Festival

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

7 pm The Gothard Sisters Celtic Christmas in Leavenworth Festhalle christmasinwashington.com

7:30 pm Wicklines’ Down Home Family Christmas icicle.org

Sunday December

10 am Christmas Bazaar – 621 Front Street Leavenworth WA

12 pm Christmas Lighting Festival

1 pm Village Voices

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

1 pm Wicklines’ Down Home Family Christmas icicle.org

Monday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

Tuesday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

Wednesday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

Thursday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

Friday December

10 am Christmas Bazaar – 621 Front Street Leavenworth WA

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

4:30 pm Christmas Lighting Festival

7:30 pm Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts icicle.org

Saturday December

10 am Christmas Bazaar – 621 Front Street Leavenworth WA

12 pm Christmas Lighting Festival

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

2 pm Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts icicle.org

7 pm Geoffrey Castle’s Celtic Christmas in Leavenworth Festhalle christmasinwashington.com

Sunday December

10 am Christmas Bazaar – 621 Front Street Leavenworth WA

12 pm Christmas Lighting Festival

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

7 pm, 7:30 pm, 8 pm Living Nativity at the Leavenworth Church of The Nazarene

Monday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

7 pm, 7:30 pm, 8 pm Living Nativity at the Leavenworth Church of The Nazarene

Tuesday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

Christmas Eve Dinner @ Kingfisher Restaurant 4 – 7:30 Call 509-548-6344 or 800-574-2123 for reservations.

Christmas Eve Dinner @ JJ Hills Fresh Grill 4 – 8 Call (509) 548-8000 for reservations.

8 pm – 9 pm A Magical Christmas Eve Candlelight Service @ Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort

5 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at the Leavenworth Church of The Nazarene

7 pm, 7:30 pm, 8 pm Living Nativity at the Leavenworth Church of The Nazarene

Wednesday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

2 pm – 6 pm Christmas Day Dinner @ JJ Hills Fresh Grill Call (509) 548-8000 for reservations.

3 pm – 7:30 pm Christmas Day Dinner @ Kingfisher Restaurant Call 509-548-6344 or 800-574-2123 for reservations.

Thursday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

Friday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

7:30 pm A Tuna Christmas & Friends at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts icicle.org

Saturday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

7:30 pm A Tuna Christmas & Friends at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts icicle.org

Sunday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

7 pm Living Nativity at the Leavenworth Church of The Nazarene

Monday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

Tuesday December

1 PM Kid’s Nutcracker Hunts at the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum – 735 Front Street Leavenworth.

4 pm – 9:30 pm New Year’s Eve Dinner @ JJ Hills Fresh Grill Please call (509) 548-8000 for reservations.

5:30 pm – 7:30 pmNew Year’s Eve Dinner @ Kingfisher Restaurant Call 509-548-6344 or 800-574-2123 for reservations.

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 3 Star

Alpen Rose Inn 3 Star

Obertal Inn 2 Star

Blackbird Lodge 2.5 Star

Howard Johnson Express Inn – Leavenworth 2 Star

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

Call (800) 829-5448