2017 Christmas Ship™ – Lead Boat

Get in the Christmas Spirit on the water with us on the Lead Boat, the Spirit of Seattle!

When you cruise on board the Lead Boat and official Christmas Ship™ you will visit various waterfront locations throughout Puget Sound, accompanied by a live choir on board the 2nd deck. At each location, the choir put on a 20-minute performance of popular holiday songs, broadcast throughout the boat and to those gathered on shore via a state-of-the-art audio system. Adding to the magic, Santa Claus himself is also on board to pose for photos and give a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Choose from a variety of dates and departure locations and get in the holiday spirit with Your Friend With a Boat!

The Lead Boat Experience on the official Christmas Ship™ includes:

  • 2-3 hour cruise on the Lead Boat to various waterfront locations
  • Onboard Choir performance from the 2nd deck of the vessel
  • Boarding photos with Santa and an onboard reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’
  • Ho, Ho, Ho Contest and other holiday activities
  • Holiday Gift Shop on board
  • Kids holiday gift bags
  • Full-service bar and snacks available for purchase

Buy Tickets 2017 Rates Schedule

Special Event: Christmas Ship™ presents Caspar Babypants!

Casper Babypants (Photo Credit: Brian Kasnyik)

Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 1:00 to 3:00 PM | Tacoma, WA

Bring your little ones and join us in Tacoma for a special children’s musical event aboard the official Christmas Ship™!  Dance, sing, and be silly as we sail with former rocker and Seattle’s favorite children’s performer, Caspar Babypants! After the show, enjoy cookies and milk and circle up for a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Santa Claus himself. This is an onboard event only. The performance will NOT be broadcast to other boaters or to shore. 

Tickets: Adults (13+): $34  |  Youth (4-12): $20  | Kids (3 & under): FREE

Caspar Babypants – SOLD OUTCaspar Babypants Waitlist

In the unlikely event of artist injury or illness leading to the cancellation of artist appearance, Argosy will make every effort to find alternative onboard entertainment. In the case of event cancellation, tickets will be refundable via the original method of purchase. Guest cancellation policy.

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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.

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

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*
Lead Boat
Select Nights: Nov. 25 - Dec. 23
Adult (13+)$44.00*
Senior (65+)$39.00*
Youth (4-12)$29.00*
Kids (3 and under)FREE
2017 Christmas ship Rates*
Lead Boat
Caspar Babypants: Sun, Dec. 10
1PM Sailing
Adult (13+)$34.00*
Youth (4-12)$20.00*
Kids (3 and under)FREE
2017 Christmas Ship Rates*
Lead Boat
Parade of Boats Night: Fri, Dec. 15
Single Rate (4+)$62.00*
Kids (3 and under)FREE
2017 Christmas Ship Rates*
Lead Boat
Grand Finale Night: Sat, Dec. 23
7PM Sailing
Single Rate (4+)$62.00*
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 Claus 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 Claus during the boarding of your Christmas Ship™ vessel.



Before you depart:

1Book your reservations

2E-pass or print at home

3Board your vessel

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