Snow Train to Leavenworth’s Lighting Festival

Snow Train to Leavenworth’s Lighting Festival

Snow Train to Leavenworth's Lighting Festival

Photo Compliments of Joe Peachland

Fun begins as you first board the Snow Train to Leavenworth’s Lighting Festival that is decorated to get you into the Christmas spirit. The train departs initially from the King Street Station in downtown Seattle, the train stops at the Edmonds Train Station to take on more passengers bound for Leavenworth, and then the Everett Train Station before you turn east to for your trip up through the pass and on to Leavenworth. Along the way you will enjoy a catered continental breakfast. The dramatic mountain scenery outside that competes for your attention on board the train with oompah-pah bands, jazz bands, carolers, magicians, and Santa who will stroll through the aisles. Near the 4000 foot summit, the train transits the Cascade Tunnel which is the second longest tunnel in North America and enters into a gorgeous winter wonderland with ski slopes and ice-choked rivers. At approximately 12:45 PM the train rolls to a stop in Leavenworth.

Upon arrival in Leavenworth, the fun continues in the streets of this Bavarian mountain town that’s dressed to look and feel, as The New York Times wrote, “a bit like the interior of a snow globe.” Leavenworth is the perfect place to start your celebration of the Christmas season. The horse-drawn carriages glide down the roads, carolers stroll, and vendors sell delicious holiday fare. After the village lighting ceremony you will re-board the train where dinner and more entertainment await you.

Because of its popularity this trip does sell out every. For reservations you can call Alki Tours at (206) 935-6848, (800) 895-2554 or you can go to the Alki website. The price is $179.00 adult and $169.00 for children for standard seating. Tickets include the round-trip train transportation, continental breakfast, catered dinner, and loads of entertainment. Train departs on Saturdays in December on the 7th, 14th, and the 21st.


December 7th, 14th, and 21st

Departure Times

Leaves King Street Train Station 8 AM

King Street Station (AMTRAK Website)(Map & Directions)

303 South Jackson Street

Seattle, WA 98104


Leaves Edmonds Street Train Station 8:50 AM

Edmonds Train Station (AMTRAK Website)(Map & Directions)

211 Railroad Ave

Edmonds, WA 98020

(800) 872-7245


Leaves Everett Train Station 9:20 AM

Everett Train Station (AMTRAK Website)(Map & Directions)

Everett Station Building (with waiting room)

3201 Smith Avenue

Everett, WA 98201


Tickets are $179.00 for adults and children are $169.00.  Go to the Alkai Tours website to make reservations and purchase tickets.

Contact for Additional Information

Contact Claire Nolan

Contact Phone 206-935-6848

Contact Email claire@alkitours.com



  1. Looks like a beautiful setting for a trip like this.
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