Christmas Ship™ Festival

The 2018 Christmas Ship™ Festival 

Schedule Available July Tickets Available August Pre-Sale

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!

There are three unique ways to experience Christmas Ship™


#1  Lead Boat Experience

Join us aboard the official Christmas Ship™, the Spirit of Seattle, as she sails to various Puget Sound waterfront communities. Guests are accompanied by Santa Claus and a live on board choir.

  • 2-3hr cruise aboard the Christmas Ship™
  • Choir on board the 2nd deck
  • Boarding photos with Santa and an on board reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’
  • Kids holiday craft area & activities

#2  Follow Boat Experience

On a fully decorated Follow Boat, you’ll enjoy views of the Christmas Ship™ and follow her to each performance site to hear the choir performances broadcast from the Lead Boat.

  • 2-3hr cruise following the Christmas Ship™
  • Broadcast choir performance from Lead Boat
  • Boarding photos and Santa* on board
  • Kids holiday craft bags

*Santa will be present on the dock for boarding photos. 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.

#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 unique way to experience the Christmas Ship™ Festival is not to be missed!

Up close views of the Christmas Ship™ boats and Follow Boats

Live choir performance broadcast from aboard the Christmas Ship™

Private Charters

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Annual Christmas Ship™ Season Events


2018 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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2018 Christmas Ship Rates*
Adult (13+)TBATBA
Senior (65+)TBATBA
Youth (4-12)TBATBA
Kids (3 and under)FREEFREE
*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. Please note each onsite check-in ticket pick up tent is cashless, accepting credit cards only.

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!