Christmas Ship™ Festival

The Christmas Ship™ Festival

A Northwest Tradition since 1949

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The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship™ Festival is a ship-to-shore holiday celebration that has been a Northwest tradition since 1949. The Spirit of Seattle, the Official Christmas Ship™, is decorated with hundreds of shimmery white lights and sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities – around 65 in all. Choirs on board the Christmas Ship™ perform to guests aboard as well as to our Follow Boats and to those communities gathered on shore. Select your preferred way to experience the Christmas Ship and prepare for the holiday event of the season!

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Three unique ways to experience Christmas Ship™


#1  Lead Boat Experience

Join us aboard the official Christmas Ship™, the Spirit of Seattle, as she cruises to various Puget Sound waterfront communities. Guests are accompanied by Santa Claus and a choir on board this 2-3 hour cruise.

  • Boarding photos with Santa
  • Live choir performances to waterfront communities
  • Reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’
  • Kids’ holiday crafts & activities
  • Full bar and Box Meals available for pre-purchase

#2  Follow Boat Experience

On a fully decorated Follow Boat, enjoy views of the Christmas Ship™ and follow her to each performance site to hear the live choir broadcast from the Lead Boat on this 2-3 hour cruise.

  • Boarding photos and Santa* on board
  • Broadcast choir performance from Lead Boat
  • Kids’ holiday craft bags
  • Full bar and Box Meals available for pre-purchase

*Santa will be present on the dock for boarding photos, however we cannot guarantee he will be aboard every Follow Boat during the cruise.

#3   Shore Experience

Welcome the Christmas Ship™ and Follow Boats from a community event on shore and enjoy a 20-minute choir performance, broadcast from the Christmas Ship. This is the ultimate Christmas light viewing experience!

Up close views of the Christmas Ship™ and Follow Boats

Live choir performance broadcast from aboard the Christmas Ship™

Onshore community bonfire, lighting or special event*

*Official onshore event not guaranteed, and subject to change. See schedule for details.

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Christmas Ship™ Special Events


A portion of all Christmas Ship™ Festival proceeds are donated to The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy.

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Before you depart:

1Book your reservations

2E-pass or print at home

3Board your vessel

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