2017 Christmas Ship™ – Follow Boat Experience

Take in spectacular views of the Christmas Ship™ on board a Follow Boat!

Cruise on a fully decorated Christmas Ship™ Follow Boat and enjoy views of the official Christmas Ship™ and other boats as you follow the LEAD boat to each performance site. You’ll enjoy the nightly choir performances as broadcast from the Lead Boat. Santa Claus* will be at the dock to pose for boarding photos and on board reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas”.

Follow Boats are opened based on demand and availability. 

Please check back for dates and departure locations of opened Follow Boats.


The Follow Boat Experience includes:

  • 2-3 hour cruise following the official Christmas Ship™
  • Live choir performance as broadcast from the lead boat
  • Boarding photos with Santa* onboard
  • Ho, Ho, Ho Contest and other holiday activities
  • Holiday Gift Shop on board
  • Kids holiday craft bags
  • Full-service bar and snacks available for purchase

*Santa will be present on the dock for boarding photo. However, while every effort will be made to have Santa Claus accompany guests on board the boat, we cannot guarantee he will be aboard every FOLLOW Boat during the cruise.

2017 Rates Schedule

2017 Christmas Ship™ Schedule-at-a-Glance 

Click the small grey box below to filter by Boat Type (Lead vs. Follow) Departure Locations, or Neighborhood.

Please Note: A Follow Boat is now available for Grand Finale Night. Additional Follow Boats will be added to the schedule based on boat availability and demand. 

Teal Dates = LEAD BOATS
Green Dates = FOLLOW BOATS
Grey Dates = SOLD OUT

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View a detailed schedule by night, including departure location, onboard choir, and performance stops.


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2017 Christmas Ship™ Ticket Rates:

Follow Boat Tickets will be added to the schedule based on boat availability and demand.

A portion of all Christmas Ship™ Festival proceeds are donated to the Seattle Time’s Fund for the Needy.

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2017 Christmas Ship Rates*
Follow Boat
Select Nights: Nov. 25 - Dec. 23
Adult (13+)$34.00*
Senior (65+)$30.00*
Youth (4-12)$20.00*
Kids (3 and under)FREE
2017 Christmas Ship Rates*
Follow Boats
Parade of Boats Night: Fri, Dec. 15
Single Rate (4+)$52.00*
Kids (3 and under)FREE
2017 Christmas Ship Rates*
Follow Boat
Grand Finale Night: Sat, Dec 23
7PM Sailing
Single Rate (4+)$52.00*
Kids (3 and under)FREE
*Taxes and Fees are also added to the total ticket price at checkout which includes a 6% Web Transaction Fee and 10.1% State Tax (King County). For a detailed breakdown, visit our Fees Overview page for additional information.

Get the most out of the Christmas Ship™ experience!

Pre-purchase a boxed meal, commemorative scarf, and a photo with Santa Clause when you buy your Christmas Ship tickets!

Pre-purchase a boxed meal on your Christmas Ship™ cruise.
Boxed Meals are prepared fresh daily by Ingallina’s and pre-orders can be added during the booking process.



Available for both Christmas Ship™ LEAD and MOST FOLLOW boat sailings, pre-purchase a boarding photo with Santa Clause during the boarding of your Christmas Ship™ vessel.



Before you depart:

1Book your reservations

2E-pass or print at home
(not valid for Christmas Ship™ Festival)

3Board your vessel

Share YOUR photos with us by using the tag #YourFriendWithABoat!