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Christmas Ship Festival
Mark your calendars for November 29 through December 23! Once again, Seattle celebrates the season in maritime fashion. The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival has been a Pacific Northwest holiday... Read More
Mark your calendars for November 29 through December 23! Once again, Seattle celebrates the season in maritime fashion. The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival has been a Pacific Northwest holiday tradition since 1949. Each night, a nautical parade visits different communities along the Puget Sound, from Tacoma to Kirkland. Choirs onboard sing 20-minute performances to these communities, all broadcast via a state-of-the-art speaker system. You can also watch with hundreds of other happy revelers from strategic bonfire-warmed spots along the beach or, on certain dates, from cozy spots like Ivar's Salmon House (reservations strongly encouraged). If wanting to climb aboard, select from a number of cruise options (ride the Argosy Christmas Ship itself with or without dinner and music, or follow along in one of the dozens of additional brightly decorated boats). The Grand Finale enlivens Seattle's waterways on December 23.
- Things to Do in December: "Find the full Argosy schedule on their website. Be sure not to miss the grand finale on December 23 at 7 p.m.! (Even if you don't book a cruise, watch from the shore in prime– and packed –viewing spots like Gasworks Park, where the second performance takes places at 8:45 p.m.) Argosy Cruises is proud to donate a portion of all Christmas Ship Festival proceeds to The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy."
- Best for Things to Do in December Because: Seattle anxiously awaits the annual Christmas Ship Festival, which fills the city's waterways with celebratory, caroling boats ranging from Argosy Cruises to smaller, personal crafts.