There is something very charming about a small town in the winter. Same holds for summer but Lake Chelan isn’t a small town in the summer, the population swells by 20k in the summer. So winter holds a special place for the residents here. It’s small, it’s quiet and calm.
January here is all about Fire & Ice. Winterfest lasts 2 weeks and the city transforms into a beautiful scenery of Ice Sculptures and Fire. It’s truly beautiful.
Sadly many of the events were cancelled this year due to weather and lack of snow. Things like Snow Yoga, a Snow Shoe race, Sky Diving ariel show but there was still much fun to be had.
Beautiful Ice Sculptures were being carved the past few weeks all around the town and put on display.
There was even a giant slide carved from ice for the kids to slide down again and again…which they did again and again.
On the last night of Winterfest we filled our night! Touring all the Ice Sculptures…Watching carvings…
Watching the Parade that glowed through main street
After the Parade the whole town walked in a massive heard down to the waters edge.
Gathering around a huge bonfire and watching a large amount of slightly insane individuals do a Polar Plunge into the Icy Lake. Let me tell you that this lake is fed by glaciers so even in July it is a Polar Plunge stepping into the water.
We all ended the night with a beautiful fireworks display and really ended things with a bang. Yes i know, you saw that line coming.
Small town charm was at it’s best. From different wineries being set up in each store for the Wine tasting walk through town to the fire pits every couple yards, to a wish lantern lighting. It was a magical time, and perhaps one of my favorite thus far.