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Go traditional this holiday season in Leavenworth!  Tucked away in the Cascade Mountains but closely tied to its Bavarian roots, the holiday events happening this month are one-of-a-kind: 

Christkindlmarkt 2018

Experience a traditional Bavarian-style Christmas market with authentic Bavarian foods, handmade arts and crafts, gifts and entertainment. Bring the family to see a lantern parade and catch a glimpse of Santa Claus (and the Christkind and St. Nicholas too!). The Market will run from November 23 to 25 in the heart of downtown Leavenworth. Be sure to double check times online so you don’t miss the chance to ring in the season in traditional Bavarian style! 

Kids’ Nutcracker Hunts

If you’re going to visit Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, time it during one of the kids' nutcracker hunts! The Nutcracker Lady creates special “Nutcracker Hunts” where visitors are asked to roam about the museum hunting for specific Nutcrackers outlined on a list. This activity is not only limited to kids! But be warned, the list gets longer and the hunt gets harder for adults. Running from 1 pm to 4 pm, regular museum admission rates apply. 

Christmas Lighting Festival 2018

There’s nothing more magical than holiday lights sparkling amidst freshly fallen snow. Our quaint Bavarian town becomes a Village of Lights and could even put a smile on the Grinch’s face. Holiday songs delight your ears, chestnuts roast on a fire, and visitors can try sledding in Front Street Park or sip on traditional hot spiced wine and cocoa. The festival runs on November 30, and select weekends in December including Dec. 1-2, 7-9, and 14-16 but the lights are turned on every night from Thanksgiving through Valentine’s weekend

In addition to all the events above, Der Ritterhof and Stevens Pass Washington Ski Resort have teamed up to put together a great program that is sure to attract winter powder hounds to our Bavarian Getaway throughout the winter season. You save on lift tickets when you book a Leavenworth Ski and Stay Package anytime during the season, including weekends and holidays! The program begins December 17, 2018 and goes through April 14th, 2019. Call us at 509-548-5845 or toll free 1-800-255-5845 for more detail. 

Our hotel is located just two blocks away from the Bavarian Village center so you’re always close to the holiday action. Book your stay for a unique holiday experience today!