Choose from Five Options
$28.50 for admission to the Christmas Ship Festival for one adult on Friday, November 28, at 7 p.m. at Lake Union Park ($35.50 value)
$35.50 for admission to the Christmas Ship Festival for one adult ($35.50 value). Choose from the following dates:
- Wednesday, December 3, at 7 p.m. at Leschi Marina
- Thursday, December 4, at 7 p.m. at Leschi Marina
- Friday, December 12, at 7 p.m. at Shilshole Marina
- Wednesday, December 17, at 7 p.m. at Des Moines Marina
Cruise get to board the Christmas Ship, which is decorated with holiday lights and ferries Santa Claus to various waterfront communities. It also leads the parade of other Argosy Cruises ships and privately owned boats. Once the Christmas Ship reaches its destination, the choir onboard performs a 20-minute concert that is broadcast to the other boats and the people watching on the shore. See a list of performing choirs here.
A cruise director leads passengers in contests that award prizes, while kids are entertained in a craft area. Snacks, chowder, and beverages are available for purchase, and boxed meals can be ordered in advance. A portion of all ticket proceeds benefit the Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.
Originally founded as a water-taxi service, Argosy Cruises has set sail around the Puget Sound for more than 60 years. Docked at the historic downtown waterfront, Argosy operates a fleet of ships that can seat up to 600 for a multitude of special events, along with live narrated tours. On the St. Patrick's murder-mystery cruise, just one of many special events, patrons solve the mystery of an untimely death just like an Irish detective does—over a traditional meal of corned beef, colcannon mashed potatoes, and irish stew. For a taste of Native American culture, the Tillicum Village cruise—replete with a full buffet and live performances showcasing the beliefs of the Coast Salish—shepherds audiences on a narrated trip to the historically rich Blake Island.