Christmas Ship™ Grand Finale

The ultimate holiday spectacle

Be a part of the most dazzling nautical holiday spectacle in the Pacific Northwest. In the tradition of the Grand Finale, decorated boats from all over the region convene for the final performances of the Christmas Ship™ Festival.

Enjoy the festivities & music from shore at the Ballard Locks, Ivar’s Salmon House, or Gas Works Park. Seattle Parks & Rec is hosting the traditional Grand Finale bonfire at Gas Works Park at 9:10. 

Saturday, December 23 | 2:00 – 3:45 pm 

Kick off the final day of the festival aboard the Christmas Ship™ as she makes her way into the Ballard Locks for the first of the final four choir performances of the year. This 2 pm sailing will include cookies with Santa – perfect for the kiddos!

Departure: Lake Union Park
Choir: The Dickens Carolers
Performance: Ballard (Hiram M. Chittenden) Locks @ 2:35 pm | Cruise Route

Saturday, December 23 | 5:00 – 6:30 pm 

Sail to the second to last performance location for over 70 years of the Christmas Ship™ Festival. Lights from decorated boats will begin to light up Seattle’s skies and set the stage for the final sailing. Join us aboard the Christmas Ship™ for a sailing you won’t forget!

Departure: Lake Union Park
Choir:The Dickens Carolers
Performance: Ivar’s Salmon House @ 5:35 pm | Cruise Route

Saturday, December 23 | 8:00 – 9:45 pm 

Join us for the biggest event of the festival – the final Christmas Ship™ sailing. We will cruise to Portage Bay Park, then make her way back to Lake Union for the final performance to community boaters and to hundreds of people gathered on shore. Seattle Parks & Recreation is hosting a bonfire event at Gas Works Park.

Departure: Lake Union Park
Choir:The Dickens Carolers
1st Performance: Portage Bay Park @ 8:30 pm
2nd Performance: Gas Works Park @ 9:10 pm | Cruise Route


Before you depart:

1Book your reservations

2E-pass or print at home

3Board your vessel