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Escape to the quaint Bavarian village of Leavenworth, nestled deep in the snowy Cascade Mountains, for this annual Christmas Lighting Festival on an all-day tour from Seattle. This fun-filled event is overflowing with holiday cheer — like carolers strolling through the village, the scent of roasted chestnuts in the air, sledding at Front Street Park and so much more. The highlight is watching a half million Christmas lights come to life during a special ceremony at dusk.

Highlights

  • Christmas tour from Seattle to Leavenworth for the annual Christmas Lighting Festival
  • Travel to an authentic Bavarian village nestled in the Cascade Mountains
  • Soak up the old-world charm as you browse shops, enjoy live entertainment, and savor German food and beer
  • Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the snow (at own expense)
  • Enjoy a dazzling Christmas lights ceremony at dusk

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a fun and unique way to soak up the holiday spirit, and brings a whole new meaning to the term 'winter wonderland.' You'll feel like you've been swept away to Germany!

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What You Can Expect

Leavenworth Christmas Tour from Seattle

Christmas Markets in Leavenworth

In the morning, meet at the Seattle Center downtown to board a comfortable mini-coach to begin this holiday journey. From here, it’s a scenic 3-hour drive east to the town of Leavenworth, in the heart of the beautiful Cascade Mountains. This quaint Bavarian town turns into a Village of Lights at this time every year, drawing visitors from near and far to witness the Christmas Lighting Festival.

There is plenty of music throughout the day, from carolers and hand-bell choirs to a top-ranking Army National Guard Dixie band, solo artists and some of the best high school and professional choirs in the Pacific Northwest.

A stroll around town will welcome the smell of roasted chestnuts in the air. Watch the sledders at Front Street Park. Stop by the Gluhwein Tent for hot spiced wine and cider. Take a horse-drawn winter carriage ride. Shop at any number of themed stores and enjoy authentic German food from local restaurants and street carts. There really is something for everyone. There are holiday concerts and productions, tubing and sledding, sleigh and dogsled rides, snowmobiling, plus downhill skiing and snowboarding and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

At dusk, the village bursts into a sea of color as a half million lights come to life in a celebratory glow. Then it’s time for the relaxing return to Seattle with holiday memories that will last a lifetime.

Notice: This seasonal tour only operates on Saturdays during the month of December.

Customer Reviews

Prasanna V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This tour was amazing!

Art K. USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The Viator tours I've taken in Las Vegas or Seattle have always been a great experience. Since the town of Leavenworth only has its Tree Lighting on three Saturday's in December, I was worried that the trips would sell out, but luckily it didn't, and having a small minibus made it easier for our driver, Joe, to navigate the passes vs. the large full-size tour buses. There was more than enough time to tour the city and take a sleigh ride, have lunch, and shop. Highly recommended when the weather conditions (ie, snowy/icy roads) can be a challenge for anyone. Lots of rest stops along the way for breaks and food.

sakina.munpurwala

1 star rating: I do not recommend this January 2017

I am not happy with the tour I took on Sat 10th Dec, the tour was from Customize tours and it was the most horrible experience and I never taking a bus nor I will recommend anyone. Customize tour was not ready for the weather although I am sure they have been taking people every weekend. We departed at 8.05 am how ever reached Leavenworth at 2.45 pm which is 6 hours 40 mins to be precise , it was not because of traffic or weather conditions the driver was not ready for the snow and they didn't have their chains ready. the first time we stopped to put on the chains we waited for one hour, later again the bus driver stopped and this time he mentioned we had to put on the chains, and we were wondering what we did last time when we stopped for one hour. Again he took an hour to put on the chains and then on the way we stopped two more times to adjust the chain clearly the chains were not right and Customize tour was not prepared for the weather. Most horrible experience we wasted entire day in the bus and we hardly had three hours in Leavenworth which is not worth a penny. When we reached Leavenworth all the buses had their reserved parking except for ours so we were roaming again in the bus to find a parking spot. I spent total of 10 hours 45 mins in the bus . We didn't have lunch because we had to wait for like 45 mins just to get lunch which would cut our time further down from 3 hours to just an hour because it would take us at least an hour more to eat . Don't ever take this tour I wish I could give ZERO STARS because its not worth even one star

Eric W

1 star rating: I do not recommend this December 2016

I am very disappointed about this experience... to only have 3 hours in Leavenworth and 12 hours total in the bus was not my way of having this experience. I understand the weather was a factor, however they should and #39;ve been more prepared for the weather. Thankfully another passenger helped.

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