Daytrips to Leavenworth for Lighting FestA trip to the North Pole isn't in the cards this Christmas. But who needs negative temps and tons of travel, when you can ride the only daylight train to the legendary Christmas town of Leavenworth to see the annual Lighting Festival?
The fun begins as you board the train in Seattle, cozy into your seat and enjoy a continental breakfast. The changing scenery outside will compete for your attention onboard the train as oom-pa bands, carolers, magicians and Santa perform through the aisles.
Upon arrival in Leavenworth, the fun continues in the streets of this Bavarian mountain town, that's dressed up to look and feel, as The New York Times wrote, "a bit like the interior of a snow globe." You'll take in the season as you roam around this "perfect place to spark the holiday spirit," where horse-drawn carriages glide down the roads, carolers stroll, and vendors sell delicious holiday fare.
Later, you'll gather for the highlight of the day: In one truly magical moment, the entire town will become illuminated in a synchronized display that rivals the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree (and is a whole lot more charming). After, reboard the train where you'll enjoy dinner, more entertainment and hot chocolate.
For more information, phone (206) 935-6848 or visit the website for Alki Tours at www.alkitours.com.
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