A winter wonderland awaits at the end of this journey.
Holiday trips can be hectic, whether you board a plane or load up the car to reach your destination. Why not take a snowy Saturday to enjoy a beautiful Northwest community during a truly magical time of the year? The Leavenworth Snow Train, courtesy of Alki Tours, offers just that for Seattleite travelers.
For three consecutive Saturdays — Dec. 3, 10 and 17 — passengers can enjoy a snowy excursion to this beloved Bavarian village. The train departs Seattle’s King Street Station each day at 8:30 a.m., and is scheduled to arrive in Leavenworth at 12:30 p.m.
During their morning trip, passengers are treated to a continental breakfast, live music, professional magic and even an appearance from Santa Claus. Once the train arrives in Leavenworth, folks are free to discover all the holiday wonders this charming town has in store, such as carolers, sleigh rides and chestnuts roasting on an open fire.
Popular Leavenworth attractions include: Christkindl Market, a Bavarian-style market with music, crafts, shopping and a lantern parade; the Gingerbread Factory, where guests can enjoy homemade baked goods and beautiful gingerbread houses; and the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, which offers guided tours, local wine and cheese and live music, as well as a collection of more than 6,000 handmade nutcrackers. No winter wonderland retreat would be complete without a walk along Icicle Creek, home to a myriad of ice sculptures.
Leavenworth is also known for culinary offerings. Visitors can enjoy German entrees at a number of authentic restaurants, including Baren Haus, King Ludwig’s Restaurant, Andreas Keller and Der Hinterh. The town is home to several bakeries as well, where visitors can stock up on flavorful pastries such as specialty Christmas stollen, a sweet yeast bread packed with dried fruit and spices and covered with powdered sugar.
Travelers have several lodging options if they wish to stay the night in Leavenworth, including: Enchanted River Inn, a bed and breakfast on the banks of the Wenatchee; Sleeping Lady, a mountain resort that offers skiing, snowshoeing and wine tasting; Bavarian Lodge, a luxuriously designed stopover with a grand view of downtown Leavenworth; and Abendblume Pension, a quaint country inn that provides a complimentary farmhouse breakfast.
When the daylight dims, the village comes to life with the Leavenworth Tree Lighting Festival, a time-honored Christmas tradition. Passengers board the Snow Train back to Seattle at 5:25 p.m., and receive a catered dinner and more live entertainment during the ride home.