The sleigh is ready at Eagle Creek Ranch
Sleigh rides at Eagle Creek Ranch, Leavenworth
Just a little farther into the Cascade Mountains, near the quaint Bavarian-themed village of Leavenworth, you’ll find several other options to choose from to hear sleigh bells ringing. We like historic Eagle Creek Ranch, known for some of the area’s most scenic rides. A team of pretty draft horses takes families through the meadows and forests of the mountain valley on a 1.8-mile tour.
Families can book individual tickets or reserve the entire sleigh for a private group ride — large and small sleigh options are available with advance booking. Keep warm with hot cider served on board; seating blankets are available but can’t be sanitized between rides, so it is recommended that riders bring their own to stay warm! Face coverings are required while at the ranch.
Be sure to stop by Leavenworth itself to check out the holiday lights and other seasonal fun. It is about a 2.5-hour drive from Seattle.
When: Near daily dates, Nov. 27 through February
Find it: Eagle Creek Ranch, 7951 Eagle Creek Rd., Leavenworth, WA
Cost: Private family sleigh rides run from $90 (for two adults maximum, plus as many as two toddlers) to $180 (for as many as 10 adults/teens; kids ages 3–12 count as half-size toward capacity). Public group sleigh rides for vaccinated guests are being considered ($22/adult). Book online or call with questions (509-548-7798).
Editor's note: This article was first published in Dec. 2020, and has been updated for the 2021 holiday season.