The lights of Leavenworth draw thousands to the small Bavarian-style town northwest of Wenatchee every holiday season, but for Quincy folks who don’t want to fight the crowds there is another option.
The Rosenberger family’s house isn’t a Bavarian village, but it provides a closer, more local Christmas experience.
Located about four miles west of Quincy at 20971 Road 11 NW, the Rosenberger Family Christmas, as Corey Rosenberger calls it, has been ongoing for the last 13 years.
Corey, with help from his two sons Hunter, 20, and Chase, 16, set up about 60 inflatable holiday decorations around their property, along with roughly 35,000 lights, he said. The decorations and lights are set up, and the snow is packed down, to create a circle route for people to drive through. People do not leave their cars.
The current set-up has only been done for the last five years or so, said Rosenberger. For the first eight years, the decorations only really included a music box and some lights in front of the house.
Among the decorations is a small sign and a donation box. People are not required to donate, but all donations are given to charities in town or schools who can use the funds to help students. One year, Rosenberger even used some of the donations to help a stranger buy groceries when they had insufficient funds.
The family does not keep any of the donations for themselves, he said.
The spot gets a lot of traffic, Rosenberger said. On a weeknight, an average of 20-30 vehicles come through and 40-60 on weekends.
Rosenberger’s love for Christmas decorations began when he was a kid. He recalled always decorating his parent’s house. He nearly did not put out all the decorations this year, he said, but once he saw the joy on one little kid’s face, it was worth it.
“Seeing all the little kids out there is always a blast,” Rosenberger said. “It’s a good thing for the community.”
For more information, find the “Rosenberger Family Christmas” page on Facebook at https://bit.ly/2tKjf9t.
By Miles King email@example.com