Guide to WA Winter Festivals

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January in Washington means celebrating winter snow, nature and our beautiful mountains. Grab your coat and your family and enjoy!

Fire and Ice Winterfest
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
January 6, 7 and 8
January 13, 14 and 15
Chelan, WA
800.424.3526
http://www.lakechelanwinterfest.com

The charming town of Chelan is transformed in to a winter paradise for the annual weekend-long winter event. Marvel at the outdoor gallery of ice sculptures created by many talented international artists. There’s live music all weekend long, a beach bonfire, polar bear splash and fireworks! New events like Soupfest, the Artisan Alley and the hugely popular Winterfest Wine Walk. There’s kids activities, family tubing, wagon rides and a snow mobile drag race! Check out the details at http://www.lakechelanwinterfest.com.

Bavarian Ice Festival
Saturday and Sunday
January 14 and 15
Leavenworth, WA
509.548.5807
http://www.leavenworth.org

The Bavarian-themed village is dressed in a winter wonderland of lights, and there’s fireworks, too! Come for a weekend grab-bag of invigorating outdoor events including snow sculptures, tug o’ war, an ice cube scramble for kids six and under, the great Frisbee sweep, and Leavenworth’s famous Smooshing Contest: a unique race peculiar to the Great Bavarian Ice Fest. The Smooshing contest is held on Front Street, with teams of four – their toes strapped to 8′ long boards – trying to maneuver and glide down the street tandem-style. A wonderful thing about Ice Fest is that you can cheer from the sidelines or jump right in and compete for prizes.

On Sunday, the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club presents the Snow Fun Fest. Come play in the snow at the Leavenworth Ski Hill, where you can enjoy all types of activities. Snowshoes, a snowshoe trail, a snowshoe relay race and more. The Winter Sports Club at Ski Hill in Leavenworth also offers Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding, Nordic Skiing and Tubing! Check out the details at http://www.leavenworth.org.

2012 Skagit Eagle Festival
Saturdays and Sundays
January 7 and 8
January 14 and 15
January 21 and 22
January 28 and 29
Concrete, Rockport and Marblemount, WA
360.853.8784
http://www.skagiteagle.org

A month-long celebration during the peak of eagle-watching season in eastern Skagit County. The festival features a variety of free tours, walks, and educational programs where you’ll learn not only about these majestic birds, but also about the beautiful areas along the Skagit River where they return each year. The presentations will teach you about grizzly bears, how to photograph wildlife and scenery, and much more. You and your family will also have the opportunity to enjoy arts & crafts, wine tasting, river rafting, music, dance and a wide variety of other outdoor and indoor activities. Bring your camera, dress for unpredictable January weather, and come join in for one of the most uplifting and entertaining events of the year!

Free Entrance Days – Mt. Rainier National Park
Saturday, Sunday, Monday
January 14, 15 and 16
55210 238th Ave E
Ashford, WA 98304
360.569.2211
http://www.visitrainier.com

Entrance fees to Mt. Rainier National Park are waived for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise. Head out for a hike, a day in the snow or a weekend adventure.

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