Text by Katie Ellis
For those looking to experience a unique wintry getaway that has all the charm of Bavaria, Germany, and the beauty and splendor of the alpine mountains of America’s Pacific Northwest, Leavenworth, Washington, is eagerly waiting for you. Nestled in the heart of the Cascade Range, just two hours east of Seattle, this delightful village makes visitors feel like they’ve stepped into a snow globe filled with winter wonders.
Known for its impressive Christmas lighting ceremonies, the small mountain town goes big for the season and is undeniably magical when dressed in glittering lights from Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day. Beyond the sparkling downtown, the nearby mountains, rivers, and meadows provide the perfect place for the entire family to rest and recharge. This fun-filled destination is worth a visit year-round, and in the winter season, the town is lively with sledding, shopping, and indulgent Bavarian dining options.
For more information, visit leavenworth.org.