Why Lake Chelan is the Perfect Place to Spend Your Holidays

The “most wonderful time of year” is almost here and we are already feeling the holiday spirit in Lake Chelan. Capture the joy and spirit of the holidays with your family with the festive events in town, all the while taking in the views of snow-capped hills reflecting off the pristine glacier waters of the lake!

Outdoor Adventure

Nothing gets us in the mood for the holidays like a day of sledding or snow shoeing. With the crunch of the snow beneath your feet and spectacular scenic trails, these are the memories that turn into traditions to revisit year after year. After a long day of fresh cool air, cozy up with a warm cup of cocoa or a nice glass of wine after a long day of fun.

Small Town Holidays

If you’re looking for Santa, you’ll find him this holiday season in downtown Chelan at the Small Town Holidays event. From Thanksgiving to January 1, Historic Downtown Chelan becomes the small-town Christmas experience that feels like it’s straight out of a Hallmark movie. Come explore the holiday lights and pop into a local boutique to find the perfect gift for a loved one. Grab a picture with Santa and his reindeer and end the night with a spectacular firework show for an experience you will never forget.


Let’s not forget the perfect place to land. Getting the family together each holiday is no easy feat. Between getting the house just perfect, finding enough beds, and the clean up at the end of all the festivities, the holidays can be stressful. With such a diverse selection of lodging in the valley, there are endless possibilities of places to stay to accommodate the whole family, with fully equipped kitchens and plenty of cozy spaces that feel like home. The best part is – easy clean up!


As the holidays wrap up, there is one more event in Chelan you won’t want to miss – Winterfest! From January 13-22, downtown Chelan and Manson transform into a winter wonderland celebration. You will find the streets lined with intricate ice sculptures, two spectacular fireworks shows, the infamous ice bar, live music, sledding and more!

With just a short drive over the mountains, and 300 days of sun in Lake Chelan, the holidays in the valley feels like a no brainer. With new and existing traditions to unfold with your family and friends, let the festivities begin!