Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas in Leavenworth

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year”
― Charles Dickens 

I am a big fan of Christmas, during all my life has been my favorite holiday.   David decided to surprise me spending a day in the most charming place in Washington to be during Christmas time: Leavenworth. 

Leavenworth is located about two and half hours east of Seattle.   It used to be a logging town and during the 60's was transformed into a Bavarian-themed village, in order to boost the local economy and attract tourist. Everywhere around scream Germany: the design of the buildings, the font use in the front of the stores, the type of food serve in restaurants, beer gardens and various festivals year around like Oktoberfest. 

Leavenworth is small but full with charm.  There are many things to do, the main streets of downtown are full with small shops where you can find souvenirs, specialty chocolate and Christmas store open all year.   Also you can find wineries, tasting rooms, restaurants and beer gardens. 

During the first three weeks of December they hold the Christmas Lighting Festival.  Everywhere around is Christmas related: Christmas carols, characters walk around town, kids go sledding at the main park, mulled wine and the smell of roasted chestnuts.  At night, all the lights at the shops around town and the Christmas tree are turned on almost at the same time.   It is the  place where to go during the holidays.

Leavenworth’s Christmas lights

Wine and mulled wine from Goose ridge tasting room Neuschwanstein castle mural. Leavenworth

Nativity set from Kris Kringl

Christmas lights. Leavenworth

Christmas tree. LeavenworthDavid and Marifer Goose-ridge tasting room. Leavenworth