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Festival at a Glance


Welcome Ceremony

Friday and Saturday evenings – following the Lantern Parade
Gazebo on Front Street

In traditional fashion the Christkind will welcome all to the Market and share wishes for the Christmas holiday season. The dream of most girls in Germany is to be the "Christkind" or "Golden Angel" which is the symbol of Christmas in German-speaking countries. She will be joined by City dignitaries, and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Leavenworth's own Enzian Alphorns, and the Boellerschutzen. A variety of holiday music will be enjoyed by all.

Lantern Workshop

Friday: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

At the Leavenworth Festhalle

The Lantern Workshop is a favorite with children each year. Each child can decorate their own lantern after which they will receive a heart-shaped gingerbread cookie. A limited number of decorated lanterns will be available to children between 4 and 4:30 p.m.

There will be a charge of $5.00 for each undecorated lantern or $6.00 for each pre-decorated lantern sold after 4 p.m.

Lantern Parade

Friday and Saturday: 5:00 p.m.
Parade starts at the Leavenworth Festhalle 

Carrying their hand-crafted, glowing lanterns, the children and their parents will follow Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus through the streets to the Gazebo where the Christkind will welcome everyone.


A variety of holiday and traditional Bavarian music will be heard throughout Christkindlmarkt. You are sure to enjoy Leavenworth's favorite local choral and band groups.

Shopping Booths


Food Booths