The holidays are right around the corner and we're excited to start building our winter bucket lists. There's an adorable Washington Christmas town near B.C. that turns into a picture-perfect winter wonderland that should definitely be on your radar. It's actually a Bavarian-style ski town so it looks kind of like a little village in Germany. 

Leavenworth, Washington is just over the border from B.C. and in December they'll have their annual Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival. It's the best time to visit the town so you can see it all done up in its holiday lights. It will actually make you feel like you're in Europe for the holidays. Or, at least, you'll feel like you're in a Hallmark movie.

You can visit the town at any time, but you'll want to be there on the weekends to catch the festival that'll happen each weekend in December before Christmas. Hopefully, there will be snow when you visit so you can capture as many magical shots as possible.

A trip to Leavenworth this winter would be a fun change of pace if you usually try to visit Whistler around the holidays. Plus, a road trip down to the states is a lot more affordable than a European winter getaway.

In Vancouver, we love to go to the German-inspired Christmas Market every year, but this place is like an entire town turned into a Christmas market.

Leavenworth isn't the only spot that turns into absolute magic in the winter. There are a ton of B.C. towns that you have to put on your bucket list. Leavenworth is special, though, and worth seeing at least once.

From the quaint buildings to the dramatic mountain backdrop, you have to see this place. This adorable Bavarian Christmas town is about a 5-hour drive from Vancouver. It's totally worth the drive and plus you can catch the Enchant Christmas light maze in Seattle on the same trip.

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival

Price: Free!

When: Friday, December 6 to Sunday, December 8 & Friday, December 13 to Sunday, December 15 & Friday, December 20 to Sunday, December 22

Address: Leavenworth, WA

Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you're in a European village at this adorable town in Washington that gets really decked out for the holidays.

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