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A Northwest Tradition since 1949

*Schedule to be Announced July 24*

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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, 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!

Three ways to experience the Christmas Ship™ Festival


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

This experience includes: 

  • 2-3 hour cruise
  • Boarding photos with Santa
  • On board community choir
  • Kids’ area with crafts & activities
  • 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:

  • 2-3 hour cruise
  • Boarding photos with Santa
  • Broadcast choir performance from the Christmas Ship™
  • Rotating party themes each week

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™. View the complete schedule for onshore events.


Special Events


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

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!

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