Winterfest in Lake Chelan

Beginning January 18 and running through January 27, Winterfest is coming to Lake Chelan! This festival has many activities that will appeal to the whole family. Lake Chelan’s official website describes Winterfest as “the perfect escape to a Washington winter wonderland,” and they couldn’t be more correct!

What is there to do at Winterfest?

Lake Chelan’s Winterfest provides fun for the whole family. With so many different events and attractions, you’ll find plenty to do all weekend to celebrate winter in Lake Chelan.

Wine Tasting

Experience over 40 different award-winning Chelan Valley wines in the Tasting Tent on Friday and Saturday. You can also stroll through the downtown boutiques and talk with winemakers during the Saturday Grand Wine Walk.


If you prefer beer or cider to wine, you’ll love Alefest! This event takes place during the second weekend and you can sample drinks from over 20 craft breweries and cideries.

Live Ice Carving Competition

Watch live as ice carvers sculpt incredible creations and cast your vote for your favorite! The competition takes place on Saturday, but the sculptures will be available to view through Sunday.

Family Activities

There are plenty of fun-filled family activities at this festival! Enjoy popular kids activities such as Snowflake Lane, Horse Carriage Rides, Apple Bin Train Rides, and the Ice Slide. New this year is the Cocoa Crawl, where you can stroll through Downtown Chelan and sample your favorite hot chocolate.

Beach Bonfire & Fireworks

On the first Saturday, go to Don Morse Park for a beach bonfire and fireworks show. If you’re adventurous enough, join in on the Polar Bear Splash and jump into the freezing water before warming up near the bonfire.

Live Entertainment

Throughout both weekends, experience entertainment such as live music and comedy shows.


Sample the best soups from restaurants around the Lake Chelan Valley and cast your vote for your favorite!

Bubble Bar

The Bubble Bar Sparkling Wine Brunch celebrates all the world-class bubbles produced in the Chelan Valley. Enjoy unlimited bubbles, a delicious brunch, and learn a little more about the sparkling wine from Lake Chelan.

Battle of the Bloody Mary

Sip and sample some of the best Bloody Mary’s in the Lake Chelan area. Enjoy a delectable brunch and vote for your favorite Bloody Mary.

How can I attend?

In order to attend Winterfest, you’ll need to purchase a pass to the events you want to attend. Unfortunately, the first weekend all-access pass is already sold out. However, you can still purchase passes for individual special events and the second weekend all-access pass.

Purchase a Winterfest Button and get access to all the popular Kids Activities, as well as incredible offers at shops and wineries in Lake Chelan. If you purchase an all-access pass or ticket to a specialty event, this button is already included in the cost.

Where is it located?

Winterfest takes place in Lake Chelan. The first weekend (January 18-20) takes place in Downtown Chelan. The second weekend (January 25-27)takes place in Downtown Manson.

During the third and fourth weekends in January, visit Winterfest for a fun-filled adventure! Lake Chelan‘s premiere winter festival provides fun activities for everyone, so this winter visit the fest to embrace Lake Chelan.

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