As the holiday season progresses some 20,000+ people were on hand for the popular lighting of the Christmas lights this past weekend in Leavenworth. Store keepers and visitors could be heard routinely exchanging holiday greetings and wishes, while wine tasting and other activities provided some of the spirit.
The weather was cold but the roads were clear. Ice and slush on the sidewalks was more problematical than snow, though there was still some snow in the area. But the brick sidewalks were mostly clear. Weather forecasts predicted snow for Wednesday then changed it to Friday. And it did snow on Friday. Some of the locals thought snow to be more common in January, albeit with exceptions, as anyone would know living in Washington State.
The onslaught of people over the weekend would seem a challenge for such a small, picturesque little town was it not for the general atmosphere of good will and accommodation. The sidewalks, little shops and town center were jammed according to media reports. But on the following Monday there were still plenty of people browsing and walking about, yet not so many as to be crowded. And there are lots of shops and restaurants for every taste.
During the work week trucks brought in additional snow, which was then smoothed and leveled to provide an area for little ones to sled. A Bavarian little alpine-like village, Leavenworth is a place for family, shoppers, foodies and wine connoisseurs, campers, skiers, hobbyists, anyone with a pulse. Time seems to pass quickly