Your Guide to Winterfest 2020

01/06/2020 | by Josh Collins | Local Area
Photo | Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce

You’ve confirmed your rental, your bags are packed, your crew is ready to go.

Now it’s time to make a game plan for Lake Chelan Winterfest 2020!

This year’s buttons are only $5 and they’re your ticket into all things Winterfest. Get access to kid’s activities, apple bin train rides, ice bar and more. Your button also gets you special discounts and offers at shops and wineries throughout the valley.

You can get tickets for either weekend OR a premium pass that gets you into everything from the Grand Wine Walk on the first weekend to the Battle of the Bloody Mary competition on the second.

If you don’t have your tickets yet, buy them here.

Family Fun

There’s fun for the entire family at Winterfest and your buttons give you access to all of them!

Photo | Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce

Hunt for Tsilly (pronounced ‘chill-ee’) the Lake Monster around the valley during both weekends. During weekend one in Chelan, enjoy family activities like horse-drawn carriage rides, rides down the ice slide and kids crafts all weekend long.

Brave the cold waters at the Polar Bear Splash before warming up at the beach bonfire and watching the fireworks on Saturday.

On Sunday, cozy up and make your way through Chelan with a Cocoa Crawl or sign your team up at the Winterfest Games! During weekend two, take part in the Mystery Mitten Walk, ride in an apple bin train rides, enjoy a family magic show and watch the lighting of the ice tower in Manson.

It’ll be a winter celebration the family won’t soon forget.

Taste the Valley

If you’re looking to taste the flavors of the valley, Winterfest has you covered.

Enjoy the Grand Wine Walk during the first weekend of Chelan and taste the best of Lake Chelan’s wines while browsing downtown boutiques and getting to know the winemakers.

On Sunday, learn about sparkling wine produced in the valley at the Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce’s Bubble Bar! During the second weekend, taste your way through local beers and ciders at Manson’s Alefest.

Then, enjoy brunch and vote for your favorite Bloody Mary at Sunday’s Battle of the Bloody Mary.

Get Your Ice On

It wouldn’t be Winterfest without some frosty fun.

Photo | Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce

Enjoy drinks and dancing at the ice bar Friday and Saturday.

Take a ride down the ice slide, pose for a picture in the ice throne, and watch as ice carvers sculpt icy creations. You can even vote for your favorite during the first weekend! 

If you’re here for the second weekend, head to Manson and enjoy the lighting of the ice tower while dancing along to live music.

For Your Entertainment

There’s no shortage of entertainment at Winterfest.

Get down at the Deschutes Brewery Main Stage during both weekends.

The stellar lineup includes live music from DJ Indica Jones and local favorite, the Kevin Jones Band.

Warm up with laughter at Rotten Apple’s special stand-up comedy show at the historic Ruby Theatre. Or catch live music at various wineries throughout the valley. You really can’t go wrong!

After all the festivities, head back to your Windermere rental to cozy up and get a good night’s rest – you deserve it.

Check out the complete Winterfest schedule for more ideas on making the most of Winterfest 2020. Cheers!

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