Christmas Ship™ Festival

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, over 45 in total. Choirs onboard sing 20-minute performances to these communities, all broadcast via state-of-the-art speaker system. On shore, thousands of people gather around roaring bonfires anticipating the arrival of the Christmas Ship.Xmas_photo_for_front_page.jpg

Join us in 2014 aboard the Christmas Ship™ or one of the Parade ships that follow, or join with friends and neighbors to gather together for your own caroling tradition. If you own your own boat, feel welcome to add lights to your vessel and join in the festival and help form the largest holiday floating parade in the world! (We also have an option aboard our dinner boat the Royal Argosy, for those looking for a full meal and a private dining table. Or join our daytime Santa Brunches.)

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.

Photo Credit Greg Shaw

Photo Credit Greg Shaw

Christmas Ship and Holiday Event Schedule

Subject to change
*bonfire or special lighting

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28
DEPARTS: Lake Union Park, 7:00pm-9:45pm
PERFORMANCES: 8:00-8:20 Seattle Tennis Club (Private)*; 8:30-8:50 Park Shore Retirement Home (Private)*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship
     Book Now for the Royal Argosy Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 7-10pm

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29
DEPARTS: Lake Union Park, 7:00pm-9:20pm
CHOIR PERFORMANCES: 7:15-7:35 MOHAI (S Lake Union)*; 8:05-8:25 Seattle Yacht Club; 8:40-9:00pm Westward & Little Gull
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship
     Book Now for the Royal Argosy Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 7-10pm

     Book Now for the daytime Santa Brunch event, 11am-1pm

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30
DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 5:00pm-7:40pm
PERFORMANCES: 5:10-5:30 Kirkland Marina Park*; 6:25-6:45 Gas Works Park*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship
     Book Now for the Royal Argosy Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 5:30-8pm.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3
DEPARTS: Leschi Marina, 7:00pm-9:30pm
PERFORMANCES: 7:50-8:10 Pritchard Beach Park*; 8:25-8:45 Seward Park*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4
DEPARTS: Leschi Marina, 7:00pm-9:50pm
PERFORMANCES: 8:00-8:20 Mercer Island Beach Club (Private); 8:50-9:10 Newcastle Beach Park*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5
DEPARTS: Leschi Marina, 7:00pm-9:45pm
PERFORMANCES: 8:00-8:20 Gene Coulon*; 8:50-9:10 Newport Yacht Club (Private) *
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6
FIRST SAILING

DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 3:30pm-6:00pm
PERFORMANCES: 4:20-4:40 Medina Beach Park*; 5:30-5:50 Houghton Beach*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

DEPARTS: Carillon Point
     Book Now for the daytime Santa Brunch event, 11am-1pm
     Book Now for the Royal Argosy Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 3:30-6:00pm

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6
SECOND SAILING

DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 8:00pm-10:30pm
PERFORMANCES: 8:55-9:15 Sheridan Beach Club*; 9:45-10:05 Matthews Beach Park*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

DEPARTS: Carillon Point
     Book Now for the daytime Santa Brunch event, 11am-1pm
     Book Now for the Royal Argosy Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 8-10:30pm

SUNDAY , DECEMBER 7
DEPART: Leschi, 5:00pm-7:20pm
PERFORMANCES: 5:40-6:00 Ferdinand Street Park*; 6:15-6:35 Stan Sayres Memorial Park*; 6:45-7:05 Mt. Baker Beach Park*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

DEPARTS: South Lake Union Park
     Book Now for the daytime Santa Brunch event, 11am-1pm

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9
DEPARTS: Edmonds, 7:00pm-9:10pm
PERFORMANCES: 7:10-7:30 Edmonds Fishing Pier; 8:20-8:40 Richmond Beach*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10
DEPARTS: Poulsbo, 7:00pm-9:05pm
PERFORMANCES; 7:00-7:20 Poulsbo; 7:45-8:05 Keyport*; 8:20-8:40 Lemolo
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11
DEPARTS: Des Moines Marina, 7:00pm-9:45pm
PERFORMANCES; 8:00-8:20 Brown’s Point*; 9:00-9:20 Redondo Beach*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12
DEPARTS: Shilshole Marina, 7:00pm-9:15pm
PERFORMANCES: 8:00-8:20 Blue Ridge*; 8:35-8:55 Carkeek Park*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13
FIRST SAILING

DEPARTS: Elliott Bay Marina, 3:30pm-5:50pm
PERFORMANCES: 4:20-4:40 Lowman Beach Park*; 5:10-5:30 Alki Beach Park*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

DEPARTS: South Lake Union Park
     Book Now for the daytime Santa Brunch event, 11am-1pm

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13
SECOND SAILING

DEPARTS: Elliott Bay Marina, 8:00pm-10:45pm
PERFORMANCES: 8:15-8:35 Seattle Aquarium/Great Wheel*; 9:35-9:55 Winslow Waterfront Beach
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

DEPARTS: South Lake Union Park
     Book Now for the daytime Santa Brunch event, 11am-1pm

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14
DEPARTS: Tacoma, 5:00pm-7:55pm
PERFORMANCES: 5:00-5:20 Museum of Glass; 6:35-6:55 Gig Harbor
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15
DEPARTS: Elliott Bay Marina, 7:00pm-9:45pm
PERFORMANCES: 8:05-8:25 Manchester City Park*; 9:15-9:35 Salty’s on Alki*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16
DEPARTS: Shilshole Marina, 7:00pm-9:45pm
PERFORMANCES: 8:10-8:30 Ballard Locks; 9:05-9:25 Golden Gardens Park*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17
DEPARTS: Des Moines Marina, 7:00pm-9:30pm
PERFORMANCES: 7:20-7:40 Des Moines Marina Park*; 8:20-8:40 Dash Point*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18
DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 7:00pm-10:00pm
PERFORMANCES: 8:10-8:30 Shore Club on Mercer Island; 8:40-9:00 Beaux Arts
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

DEPARTS: Carillon Point Marina
     Book Now for the Royal Argosy Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 7:15-10:15pm

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19
DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 7:00pm-9:30pm
PERFORMANCES: 7:55-8:15 Lake Forest Civic Club (Private)*; 8:50-9:10 Magnuson Beach Park*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

DEPARTS: Carillon Point Marina
     Book Now for the Royal Argosy Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 7:00-9:30pm

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20
FIRST SAILING

DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 3:30pm-5:40pm
PERFORMANCES: 3:40-4:00 Kirkland Marina Park*; 4:40-5:10 Madison Park*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

DEPARTS: Carillon Point Marina
     Book Now for the Royal Argosy Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 3:30-6:00pm
    
Book Now for the daytime Santa Brunch Cruise, 11am-1pm

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20
SECOND SAILING

DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 8:00pm-10:55pm
PERFORMANCES: 9:00-9:20 Covenant Shores (private)*; 9:45-10:05 Madrona Beach Park*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

DEPARTS: Carillon Point
     Book Now for the Royal Argosy Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 8-11pm
     Book Now for the daytime Santa Brunch Cruise, 11am-1pm

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21
FIRST SAILING

DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 3:30pm-5:45pm
PERFORMANCES: 4:00-4:20 O.O.Denny Park*; 5:00-5:20 Laurelhurst Beach Club (Private)*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

DEPARTS: Carillon Point
     Book Now for the Royal Argosy Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 3:30-5:45pm
     Book Now for the daytime Santa Brunch Cruise, 11am-1pm

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21
SECOND SAILING

DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 8:00pm-10:40pm
PERFORMANCES: 8:25-8:45 Juanita Beach Park*; 9:25-9:45 Log Boom Park, Kenmore
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

DEPARTS: Carillon Point
     Book Now for the daytime Santa Brunch Cruise, 11am-1pm
  
   Book Now for the Royal Argosy Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 8:00-10:45pm

MONDAY, DECEMBER 22
DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 7:00pm-9:40pm
PERFORMANCES: 7:15-7:35 Carillon Point; 8:25-8:45 Meydenbauer Bay*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

DEPARTS: Carillon Point
     Book Now for the Royal Argosy Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 7:30-10pm

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23
FIRST SAILING

DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 3:30pm-5:25pm
PERFORMANCES: 3:50-4:10 Waverly Beach Park*; 4:30-4:50 Yarrow Point Park*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

DEPARTS: Carillon Point
     Book Now for the Royal Argosy Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 3:30-6:00pm

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23
PARADE FINALE

CHOIR: Seattle Girl’s Choir – Prime Voci
DEPARTS: Kirkland City Dock, 8:00pm-11:05pm
PERFORMANCES: 8:45-9:05 Portage Bay; 9:45-10:05 Gas Works Park Grand Finale*
     Book Now for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
     Book Now for the Parade Boat A following the Christmas Ship

DEPARTS: Carillon Point
     Book Now for the Royal Argosy Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 8:00-11:00pm

 

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