If you’re traveling to the lighting festival this weekend, here’s some advice on what to expect


Saturday traffic will be the heaviest

If you’re planning a trip to Leavenworth for the second weekend of the annual Christmas Lighting Festival, there are some things you should probably know about traffic.

First, this is expected to be the busiest weekend of the three-weekend festival. So, expect lots of, uh, merry travelers to be sharing that journey with you.

Second, the state Department of Transportation has created some handy graphics to let you know the when to expect the heaviest congestion. Going at those times could add up to an hour or more to your trip, so you best leave early if traveling if that’s when you’ll be goings.

Basically, any time from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday is expected to be packed with stop-and-go vehicles from the junction of Highway 2 and Highway 97 to Leavenworth. Even from 10 to 11 a.m. you can expect minor delays, according to DOT.

Leaving town and heading east on Saturday you’ll again hit stop-and-go traffic from 5 to 8 p.m. If you stick around until 10 p.m., you should find smooth sailing out of town.

Sunday should be much less stressful for travelers, with only minor delays expected from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The heaviest traffic leaving town is expected at 5 p.m., but even then only minor delays.

In Leavenworth itself, changes have freed up the flow of vehicles, for the most part, officials report. Traffic signals are turned off and a private firm is providing traffic control to get people through as quickly as possible.