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December 13, 2019

Winter is just around the corner, and even though the weather outside may seem frightful, it’s no reason to stay cooped up at home all season. The Pacific Northwest comes alive in the winter—there’s no shortage of picturesque places to spend the holiday season. If you’re looking for a holiday getaway that’s still quite close to home, look no further than this guide to where to enjoy winter in Washington State.

Leavenworth

When you’re deciding where to enjoy winter in Washington State, look no further than the lovely town of Leavenworth. Nestled in the Cascade Mountains in central Washington, this town features architecture that replicates what you’ll find in the southeastern German state of Bavaria. This gives the entire town a cozy and quaint appearance around the holidays. Each year, the town hosts a Christmas lighting festival that decks the town in millions of festive holiday lights and features live performances from local artists. A wide variety of unique boutiques lines the streets of Leavenworth, making it easy for you to complete all your holiday shopping in one fell swoop. Outdoor adventurers who are ready to take their winter to the next level can plan a trip to one of the many ski resorts in Leavenworth, such as the Stevens Pass Ski Resort or the Leavenworth Ski Hill. 

Seattle

For a winter wonderland that comes complete with all the luxuries of modern city living, plan a trip to Seattle. There’s no shortage of holiday celebrations and exciting activities here, so no matter where your interests lie, you’re sure to find something fun to do. Start by taking a stroll through the Festival of Trees, an elaborate display featuring 21 Christmas trees, each decorated in accordance with a unique theme. From there, you can pop down to T-Mobile Park and experience the wonders of Enchant Christmas. With cups of cocoa in hand, you and your family can travel through the expansive holiday light maze, glide down an ice skating trail, and even chat with Santa Claus himself. 

Bellevue

Just off the eastern shores of Lake Washington lies the beautiful town of Bellevue. Bellevue is the perfect winter destination for families looking to spend quality time together during the holidays. One of the most popular winter attractions here is Garden D’lights, a holiday light extravaganza that the Bellevue Botanical Garden hosts annually. This year marks the event’s 25th anniversary, so celebrations are sure to be memorable. Among the event’s attractions are a hand-crafted gingerbread village, nightly live entertainment, and over half a million dazzling lights in the shape of sparkling flora and fauna.


Whether your seasonal celebrations include window shopping or downhill skiing, be sure to outfit your adventure in style. At Escape Outdoors, we offer a wide variety of clothing and accessories to keep you warm all winter long, including Patagonia, Canada Goose, and North Face apparel.


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