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Leavenworth Christmas Tour from Seattle with Optional Sleigh Ride

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icon12 to 13 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

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.
  • 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 on the first three Saturdays and Sundays of December
  • Option to upgrade to tour that includes a sleigh ride on Fridays or Sundays
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Transport by coach
Driver/guide
Centralized general pickup and drop off location
Sleigh Ride (Red Tail Canyon or Icicle Outfitters)
SPECIAL OFFER; Book now through November 28th to receive 50% OFF.
Light snacks and bottled water.
Informational flyer
Christmas music and movies
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Carriage ride
Food and drinks
gratuities

Departure Point

300 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
In the morning, meet at the Museum of Pop Culture at the Seattle Center downtown to board a comfortable 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.

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 select weekends during the month of December.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Lake Washington
see lakes on route
Stop At:  
Front Street Park
downtown: shopping, river walk, nutcracker museum, wine-tasting rooms, good restaurants, German food
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Customized Tours of Seattle
Christmas music and movies on the way and back, snacks on board, map and activity map available.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Red Tail Canyon Farm
take a sleigh ride with draft horses while given a joke or two with banter from the ranch sleigh driver.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Icicle Outfitter & Guides, Inc.
take a sleigh ride with draft horses while given a joke or two with banter from the ranch sleigh driver.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please Note: The live entertainment and the Lighting Ceremony only occur on the first three Saturdays and Sundays of December. On the other dates the lights are on, the shops are open, and the town is less crowded.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Customized Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Leavenworth Christmas Tour from Seattle with Optional Sleigh Ride?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Leavenworth Christmas Tour from Seattle with Optional Sleigh Ride.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Leavenworth Christmas Tour from Seattle with Optional Sleigh Ride?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Leavenworth Christmas Tour from Seattle with Optional Sleigh Ride.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Leavenworth Christmas Tour from Seattle with Optional Sleigh Ride?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Leavenworth Christmas Tour from Seattle with Optional Sleigh Ride.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Leavenworth Christmas Tour from Seattle with Optional Sleigh Ride?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Leavenworth Christmas Tour from Seattle with Optional Sleigh Ride.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Leavenworth Christmas Tour from Seattle with Optional Sleigh Ride?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Leavenworth Christmas Tour from Seattle with Optional Sleigh Ride.

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  • "Instead of stopping at Safeway coming/going maybe set up with a bakery or other type venue.The driver shouldn’t use personal opinions about Amazon stick to facts." See review

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Very Touristy and a little artificial
Anshul R
, Jan 2020
The tour gets you in at 11:30 AM and departs @ 6:00PM. The main attraction of the town is the light festival at night, but because of how the bus schedule works, you only get an hour of the lights before departing. Most of the time is spent during the day, however all you can really do is walk the 2 streets which are lined with shops and not much else. If we were either able to get their early and leave later, then you could have ample time to do an excursion (sleigh ride, cross country skiing, winter hiking etc.). Note: Tour did not include any info on optional Sleigh ride, we had to call in and it was all booked anyway.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Drivers are only allowed so many hours on duty as mandated by the DOT. 7 hours in Leavenworth is sufficient for most guests- other providers like the snow train Allow only 3 hours and it costs more. There is a brochure that is given to every customer with things to do here are a few: the river walk, wine tasting, beer tasting, the largest nutcracker museum in the world, sleigh rides are available even if you don’t prepay ( you just have to take a cab or uber over), reindeer farm ( you have to get there too), this is not a trip for you if you want to go skiing, snowshoeing or a major thing other than the town itself as the whole theme of this event is the Bavarian themed town and activities found therein.
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Had a great time in Leavenworth. A...
Margaret W
, Dec 2017
Had a great time in Leavenworth. A few items I would like to state. Since it’s a higher priced trip to Leavenworth. Instead of stopping at Safeway coming/going maybe set up with a bakery or other type venue.The driver shouldn’t use personal opinions about Amazon stick to facts. It was uncomfortable.
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I am not happy with the tour I took...
sakina.munpurwala
, Dec 2016
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
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I am very disappointed about this...
Eric W
, Dec 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've been more prepared for the weather. Thankfully another passenger helped.
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The Viator tours I've taken in Las...
Art K.
, Dec 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.
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