Leavenworth: 5 Can’t-Miss Holiday Activities 

In Leavenworth, every day in December feels like the holidays. The beautiful Bavarian village feels like you’ve been transported to the North Pole. Surrounded by gorgeous mountain views, alpine houses, European cuisine and fun around every corner, Leavenworth is an exquisite adventure. 

If you find yourself fortunate enough to visit the most beautiful mountain village in the United States this holiday season, you won’t want to miss these five activities in Leavenworth.

The Best Holiday Activities in Leavenworth, WA

Check out the holiday lights

For years, Leavenworth hosted a huge tree-lighting ceremony. During the pandemic, the village determined that to preserve the health and safety of everyone, and avoid overcrowding, they would change the one-night event into a month-long festival. 

Every night is now a magical adventure with a massive Christmas tree and thousands of lights across the village. 

Pick out the perfect ornament at Kris Kringl

Leavenworth is home to one of the most incredible Christmas stores in the nation. Three floors of decorations and ornaments give you hundreds of options to find the perfect holiday ornament to remember your visit to Leavenworth. 

There are ornaments to honor beliefs, hobbies, occupations, types of families, music and more. 

Ranging from whimsical to elegant, it’s difficult not to leave with more ornaments than you can fit on your tree. 

Pet a reindeer

Have you ever seen a reindeer in person? Now’s your chance at the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm

This fun family farm has your favorite farm animals and a herd of reindeer. On chilly days, the farm has a lovely fire to warm up next to before going outside and feeding the reindeer.

Kids must be at least eight years old and older to meet the reindeer and farm animals. To avoid overcrowding, reservations are required. 

Go shopping for everyone on your holiday gift list

Not only is Leavenworth a fun place to visit for some festive cheer, but it’s also an outstanding place to pick out gifts for everyone on your list. 

For tasty treats, look no further than Schocolat, The Cheesemonger’s Shop, or Blue Spirits Distilling for those 21+. 

Looking for more delicious chocolate gifts? Check out our article on the best chocolate made in the Pacific Northwest!

There are also many boutiques, outdoor sporting stores, jewelry makers and more. 

Hit The Slopes

Go skiing in the beautiful Stevens Pass Ski Area. Right on the foothills of the beautiful Stevens Pass, you’ll find the Ski Hill run by the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club which offers a family-friendly environment. There are three great options for ski hills near Leavenworth to choose from.

Visiting Leavenworth in December is a major bucket-list item for those living in the PNW. The beautiful Bavarian village offers a picturesque escape, perfect for celebrating the holidays with loved ones. Which can’t-miss activity will you try first? 

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Christine Burns

Christine Burns is a local entrepreneur, public speaker, content creator, model, and writer from Spokane, WA. She’s an expert in marketing and owns Posted Consulting LLC, an award-winning PR firm. Born and raised in the Inland Northwest, Christine loves to support and advocate for local businesses and artists, and even hosts the annual Spokane Small Business Convention in the spring.


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