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Lake Chelan Winterfest 2020


It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and Winterfest 2020 is almost here! We look forward to this event every year, and each year seems to be even better than before. The two back-to-back weekends are full of never-ending fun, but it can be hard to know which events to hit and which ones to pass on (until next year of course!) We’ve outlined three different itineraries below to help you plan your Winterfest fun.

Winterfest offers activities and events that the whole family will love! Hunt for Tsilly the Lake Monster (pronounced “chilly”) at the shops around town both weekends. During the first weekend, you can also enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, trips down the famous ice slide, and various kids’ activities throughout the weekend. Participate in the cocoa crawl and pick your favorite! The second weekend also provides endless family fun. Take part in the Mystery Mitten Walk, ride in an apple bin train, sendoff wish papers at Manson Bay Park, then watch the lighting of the ice tower downtown!

If you’re ready for a weekend with your besties at your side, there’s no doubt you’ll have copious amounts of fun. If you’re celebrating the first weekend, enjoy drinks at the ice bar and get your dance on with live music. End the evening with a comedy show at Campbell’s Resort on Friday! On Saturday, grab your glass and hit the Grand Wine Walk, where you can enjoy hand selected wine, poured directly from the winemaker themselves, while you weave in and out of the warm boutique shops in downtown Chelan. Cap off Weekend One with a visit to the Bubble Bar on Sunday and enjoy a catered brunch and unlimited bubby! If your girls prefer beer or Bloody Mary’s, Weekend Two would be a perfect fit for you. Sample from over 20 various beers and ciders at Alefest and finish the weekend with the infamous Battle of the Bloody Mary, where you choose who makes the best Bloody Mary in Lake Chelan. You can’t go wrong!

It’s hard to cram everything in, but we sure do love to try! Celebrate both weekends of Winterfest (and rest up during the week) to get as much as possible out of the festivities. Start Weekend One with wine tasting in the wine tent, then get down to live music at the ice bar! On Saturday, vote in the ice carving competition, then brave the polar bear splash and warm up at the beach bonfire before ending the evening with fireworks. Hit the Bubble Bar or Cocoa Crawl on Sunday (depending on what you’re craving) to wrap up a great first weekend.For Weekend Two in Manson, hit the Local Brewer’s and Distiller’s Night on Friday. On Saturday, watch the snowmobile drag races before sampling over 20 beers and ciders at Alefest! Catch the lighting of theice tower downtown before finishing the night with live music and dancing by the main stage. On Sunday, don’t miss the epic Battle of the Bloody Mary.

If you couldn’t tell, we’re stoked for this year’s Winterfest. We hope these itineraries help you shape a Winterfest experience you won’t forget. Cheers!



Posted December 1, 2019