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Due to the evolving uncertainty around COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to do a seasonal closure of public tours and private charters. This year’s annual Christmas Ship™ Festival will not run during the period of our seasonal closure.


A Northwest Tradition for over 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.

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 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: 

  • On board community choir
  • Kids Crew craft corner
  • Reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’

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

This experience includes:

  • Broadcast choir performance
  • Rotating party themes each week
  • Full service bar with specialty cocktails

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™.

Before you depart:

1Book your reservations

2E-pass or print at home

3Board your vessel

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