3rd Annual Parade of Boats Night | Vessel Registration

2nd Annual Parade of Boats Night | Vessel Registration

Date: Friday, December 15, 2017

Time: Approximately 7:00 to 9:30 PM

Location: Lake Union, Fremont Cut

Fee: $25 Donation**

NEW THIS YEAR: The 1st Performance from the Choir on board the Spirit of Seattle, the Official Christmas Ship™, is to YOU the boaters in the middle of Lake Union @ 7:20 PM!

The 3rd Annual Christmas Ship™ Festival Parade of Boats Night will add a special twinkle to Lake Union on the evening of Friday, December 15 between 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM*. Brightly decorated boats from all over the region will convene and promenade around Lake Union, then travel westward through the Fremont Cut, past Fisherman's Terminal, then back to Lake Union.

Participating vessels will be judged by an onshore panel of local media personalities and the public, and awards will be given to the most creative and festive boats.

Official Terms & Conditions | PDF Download (264 KB)

*All times are approximate and subject to change due to marine traffic, weather, and numbers of participating vessels.

**2017 Boater Registration Donation!

The $25 Registration Fee for participating boaters is a suggested minimum charitable donation to The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy, an annual program that raises money for 12 local charitable organizations in the Puget Sound area. While this donation is not mandatory, we strongly urge participants to demonstrate their commitment to the Parade of Boats by supporting the official Christmas Ship Festival beneficiary.  For more information, visit: www.SeattleTimes.com/ffn


Important Dates Parade Route   Awards  Registration Form

 Important Dates

  • Friday, December 1st: Register Deadline for all boaters (See Terms & Conditions)
  • Week of December 4th: One week prior to the parade, an email will be sent with all the details for the night. Be sure to keep your eye open for it!
  • Friday, December 15th: Parade of Boats Night!
    • Join Argosy Cruises and your fellow boaters on Lake Union, December 15th at 7:00, with your boat decorated.
    • Check in with the Parade Marshal via VHF channel 68.

Parade Route

Parade of Boats - Boater Route Map (Large)

Award Categories:

  • Best In Show
  • Most Holiday Spirit
  • Best Holiday Decorated Powerboat
  • Best Holiday Decorated Sailboat
  • Best Seattle Sports Team Themed Boat
  • People’s Choice Award

Vessel Registration Form

All vessels must register with Argosy Cruises by Friday, December 1st to participate in Parade of Boats Night. Vessels not successfully registered will be required to follow behind the official Parade and will NOT be eligible for an award.

Receiving a Parade invitation does not constitute registration. You must register with Argosy Cruises even if you have received a verbal or written invitation from Argosy. 

Parade of Boats Vessel Registration

  • Parade of Boats Participant Boat Profile


    1. I have read, understand & agree to the Terms & Conditions.
    2. I fully understand and agree that my participation in the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival Parade of Boats Night is voluntary and at my own risk.
    3. I hereby certify that there exists full liability and property damage, and personal injury insurance on the vessel being entered in the parade.
    4. I hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless Argosy Cruises, the City of Seattle, Seattle Parks & Recreation, and any other entities along the parade route.
    5. I hereby grant full consent to the Argosy Cruises for the free use of my picture or name in any broadcast, telecast, or other accounts of the events of the parade.
    6. I fully understand and agree to allow Argosy Cruises to distribute my vessel name and assigned Parade Number to other registered vessels as part of the Parade Roster.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.



Argosy Cruises
1101 Alaskan Way
Pier 55, Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: (206) 623-1445

Email: [email protected]

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