Christmas is a feeling, not a place - but a spectacular holiday setting doesn’t hurt. The Northwest has everything you need for a captivating Christmas, from snowy scenes to cozy cabins to charming towns full of holiday cheer. Of course, some locations are better than others - and the magical mountains of Oregon and Washington are at the top of Santa’s nice list.
If you’re looking for a holly jolly holiday this year, head to one of these top Northwest locations for a card-worthy Christmas.
Nowhere in Washington - or arguably the country - does Christmas quite like Leavenworth. Each year in December, the tiny Bavarian town becomes a magical monument to holiday spirit as the streets come alive with millions of twinkling lights, charming carolers, and festive family fun. There’s holiday cheer everywhere you look, from seasonal shops full of Santa souvenirs to cozy cafes selling warm gingerbread and crisp apple cider.
There are also plenty of holiday happenings to enjoy all season long. One of the most unique events is the first annual Krampusnacht, a town-wide festival that celebrates a timeless tale of German folklore. On December 4th, a group of faithful followers will stroll the streets in traditional costumes and hand-carved masks, handing out socks of special presents to those who made their nice list.
In years past, Leavenworth would hold its holiday events each weekend of the month. This year, the famed Village of Lights will be a month-long celebration full of Christmas fun: roasting chestnuts, holiday characters, kids’ activities, live music, Santa sightings, and more! There are festive activities every day of the week, offering families some extended Christmas cheer.
When you tire of the Christmas crowds, retreat to Far and Away Cabin for a secluded slice of mountain paradise. It's nestled on five gorgeous acres just minutes out of town, offering a relaxing and remote setting that’s still on Santa’s radar. Cozy up on your spacious deck with a warm cup of cocoa as you search the stars for a flying sleigh. Or take your pick from all of these amazing spots near Leavenworth, by visiting Northwest Stays! It’s time for some magical holiday memories….Northwest style!