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A Northwest Tradition for 70 years

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, to follow boats and to communities gathered on shore. Select your preferred way to experience the Christmas Ship and prepare for the holiday event of the season!

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

Schedule Special Events 

Three ways to experience the Christmas Ship™ Festival

For groups of 20 or more, please call 206.623.1445

Take in the holiday magic on a 2-3 hour cruise to Puget Sound waterfront communities. Each trip begins with boarding photos with Santa, and don’t forget to pre-purchase box meals by FareStart to savor on board.

Christmas Ship™
Hop aboard the official Christmas Ship™, the Spirit of Seattle™, as she sails to various Puget Sound waterfront communities

This experience includes: 

 21+ Follow Boat
Take the Christmas party to the water and enjoy ugly sweater contests, Christmas games, carols and more!

This experience includes:

Learn more

Onshore Event
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™. Join us for the 5th Annual Parade of Boats Viewing Party Dec. 13th! View the complete schedule for onshore events.


Special Events

2019 Christmas Ship™ Schedule-at-a-Glance

Click the small grey box below to filter by Boat Type, Departure Locations, or Neighborhood.
Red Dates = Christmas Ship™
Green Dates = 21+ Follow Boat
Gold Dates = Special Event
Blue Dates = All Ages Follow Boat
Grey Dates = Sold Out

july, 2020

Departure Location

Performance Neighborhood

Boat Type

Before you depart:

1Book your reservations

2E-pass or print at home

3Board your vessel

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