Holiday traditions in the Northwest start on the water with Argosy Cruises. The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship™ Festival is a holiday celebration that has been a Pacific Northwest tradition since 1949. Every year, the Argosy Christmas Ship™ sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities, around 65 in total. Choirs on board give 20-minute performances to these communities, all broadcast via our state-of-the-art speaker system. On shore, thousands of people gather around roaring bonfires anticipating the arrival of the Christmas Ship™.
Argosy Cruises is proud to donate a portion of all ticket sales to benefit The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy, an annual program that raises money for several charitable organizations in the Puget Sound area.
The 2nd Annual Christmas Ship™ Parade of Boats Night will add a special twinkle to Lake Union on the evening of Friday, December 16 between 7pm and 9pm. More than 65 boats registered to participate in the inaugural parade in 2015. The brightly-decorated boats will convene in Lake Union and begin their promenade westward through the Fremont Cut around 8:30 pm. Vessel registration is open Tuesday, November 15 through Tuesday, December 6.
Join Argosy Cruises and 101.5 SANTA FM for the Christmas Ship™ Festival for the 2nd Annual Parade of Boats Night official onshore viewing party on Friday, December 16th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at Evanston Plaza in the Fremont Lake Union Center (Off of Evanston Ave North and North Northlake Way)! Decorated boats from all over the region convene and promenade around Lake Union, then travel westward through the Fremont Cut. The Dickens Carolers will also perform from on board the official Christmas Ship™ as they sail through the cut, past the onshore viewing party.
Cayle Thompson from KOMO TV and Curt Kruse from 101.5 SANTA FM will be helping judge the decorated boats featured in the parade. Plus cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award on Argosy’s Facebook page. While you’re watching the procession, make sure to stop by the 101.5 SANTA FM tent to spin the prize wheel and win Almond Roca, an Argosy Inaugural Christmas Ship™ Scarf, and more fun gifts while supplies last!
Be a part of the most dazzling nautical holiday spectacle in the Pacific Northwest. In the tradition of Grand Finale Night, decorated boats from all over the region convene in Lake Washington and join Argosy as we cruise west through the Montlake Cut to Portage Bay, and on to Lake Union for the final choral performance offshore from Gas Works park.
Explore each night in full detail: See which choir is performing on board the Christmas Ship™ LEAD BOAT,
find the different departure points, and map the performance locations.
LEAD BOAT with Choir
FOLLOW BOAT Lady Mary
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
LEAD BOAT with Choir
FOLLOW BOAT Goodtime II
FOLLOW BOAT Goodtime III
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
Consider adding these cruise enhancing add-ons to make your Christmas Ship™ Festival even more of a memorable experience!
Add-ons are available to pre-purchase during the booking process.
This Christmas Ship™ Festival season, we asked YOU to help design a scarf that commemorates this grand Puget Sound tradition! Designs were submitted and three finalists were put to public vote — the winning design is now available to purchase with your Christmas Ship tickets!
PRE-PURCHASE the Limited Edition Inaugural Christmas Ship Festival Scarf (actual design pictured). Quantities are limited, and we cannot guarantee onboard selection, so pre-ordering is highly recommended! $5 from each scarf sold will go directly to The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.
PRE-PURCHASE A BOXED MEAL FOR YOUR CRUISE! Boxed Meals are prepared fresh daily by Ingallina’s and include:
A limited number of boxed meals may be available for purchase on board, at a higher rate. Sales Tax is added during checkout.
A LA CARTE
Clam Chowder (available on the LEAD BOAT only) $4.75
Enjoy a cup of hot clam chowder, made daily, with traditional oyster crackers.
Ingallina’s “Snack Plate” – Recommended for all ages! $10.00
Selection of Turkey, Ham, Cheddar, Swiss, crackers, grapes, and apple slices. Contains gluten.
Ingallina’s “Veggie Snack Plate” – Recommended for all ages! $10.00
Selection of baby carrots, cucumber sticks, red and yellow peppers, pita bread and Ingallina’s house made hummus. Contains gluten.
BOXED MEALS – Sandwiches, Wraps and Salads
Ingallina’s Roast Turkey Sandwich Boxed Meal $15.00
Roast Turkey on whole wheat with cranberry cream cheese, greens, Granny Smith Apples, craisins & walnuts with a side of cranberry sauce. Served with roll, satsuma, and cookie. Contains gluten.
Chicken Club Sandwich Boxed Meal $15.00
Chicken breast on ciabatta bread with avocado, Cheddar, bacon, lettuce and tomato. Served with chips, satsuma, and cookie. Contains gluten.
Classic Cobb Salad Boxed Meal $15.00
Lemon & herb chicken breast, avocado, bleu cheese, bacon, tomato, scallions and hard-boiled egg on mixed greens with creamy vinaigrette. Served with roll, satsuma, and cookie. Contains gluten.
Asian Noodle with Chicken Salad Boxed Meal $15.00
Vermicelli pasta tossed in soy sauce with snow peas, cilantro, green onion, marinated chicken breast and cashews, with Asian Vinaigrette dressing. Served with roll, satsuma, and cookie. Contains gluten, nuts.
Mediterranean Wrap Boxed Meal (Vegan or Vegetarian) $15.00
Hummus, mixed greens, eggplant, tomato, cucumber, olives, and feta cheese served on the side (cheese packed separately — leave off for the Vegan option). Served with chips, satsuma, and dessert. Contains gluten.
Mango Cucumber Multigrain Salad (Vegetarian/Gluten Free) $15.00
Served with rice, quinoa, sliced almonds, jalapeno, green onion, fresh-cut cilantro, cucumber, mango, and honey lime dressing. Comes a fresh fruit cup, Tim’s chips and a mix of almonds, chocolate chips & dried cranberries. Not only vegetarian but also gluten free*! NOTE: There is no cookie with this meal, the trail mix is the dessert.
* Ingallina’s gluten free lunches are made with gluten free ingredients, but all are also produced in a facility where there is a potential of cross contamination with wheat. Ingallina’s does their best to prepare all gluten free items separately, but cannot guarantee 100% gluten free.
Tax is additional. All sales final. Boxed meals must be ordered a minimum of 48 hours in advance by calling Argosy at (206) 623-1445. A limited number of boxed meals may be available for purchase on board the boat at a higher rate; however, only advance orders include a beverage ticket.
PRE-PURCHASE your boarding photos with Santa before your cruise! On select nights, photos are delivered to your vessel before returning to your departure location. Photos can also be viewed and purchased on-line after your cruise.
Thinking about hosting a truly unique and memorable holiday party? Argosy Cruises can accommodate up to 250 guests either on a boat cruise along the beautiful Seattle waterfront, on Lake Union or Lake Washington, and/or as a part of our Christmas Ship™ Festival following the Christmas Ship™.
1Book your reservations
2E-pass or print at home
3Board your vessel