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Best of Christmas Ships for the Holidays

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credit:  David McNew/Getty Images

credit: David McNew/Getty Images

Now in its 62nd year, the Christmas Ship tradition on Lake Union, Lake Washington and Puget Sound continues! From just after Thanksgiving until December 23, you can float along with carolers and other lighted boats and ships for an amazing Seattle area holiday adventure!

Argosy Christmas Ships
Saturday, November 26 through Friday, Decmeber 23
Ships depart from: Lake Union Park, Kirkland City Dock, Tacoma Glass Museum,
Shilshole Bay Marina, Des Moines Marina, Edmonds Marina and Pier 55, Seattle.
206.623.1445
http://www.argosycruises.com

The Christmas Ships’ tradition is to bring Northwest communities together to celebrate the holiday season. From the flotilla of ships to the crowds of people who gather onshore, this celebration is one of the gems of the holiday season. Each night, the Argosy Christmas Ship sails to different Puget Sound waterfront community. Choirs onboard sing 20-minute performances to these communities, all broadcast via state-of-the-art speaker system. On shore, thousands of people gather around roaring bonfires anticipating the arrival of the Christmas Ship. You can either join us on board the Christmas Ship or one of the Parade ships that follow, or join with friends and neighbors to gather together for your own caroling tradition. If you own your own boat, feel welcome to add lights to you vessel and join in the festival and help form the largest holiday floating parade in the world!

In addition to good cheer, family, and friends, a portion of all ticket sales benefits The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy, an annual program that raises money for several charitable organizations in the Puget Sound area. Check http://www.argosycruises.com for dates, times and places of departure and tickets.

Holiday Parade of Lights
Saturday, November 26 through Friday, December 23
Ships depart from Lake Union or Southport Pier in Renton.
206.223.2060
http://www.waterwayscruises.com

Celebrate the holiday season aboard a beautifully decorated Waterways yacht, as they join with dozens of other boats for the annual Holiday Parade of Lights Cruises, a unique Seattle tradition. Sip on hot apple cider or a handcrafted winter cocktail and take in the magnificent views of Seattle after dark. Your evening includes a luxurious cruise, a champagne toast upon boarding and a gourmet buffet of holiday favorites. Live music will add to your enjoyment as you dine, while the joyful singing of the carolers and the spectacular holiday lights bring holiday cheer to your cruising experience. You can enjoy the festive dining or premium dining experience.

Wine, beer, specialty cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase during the cruise. Celebration packages with flowers, champagne, and personalized cakes are available to complement your dining experience with an advance purchase. Request a window table upgrade for the finest views! Check http://www.waterwayscruises.com for dates, times, places of departure and ticket information.

La Conner Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday, December 10
6:30pm
http://www.laconnerchamber.com

Lighting up the Swinomish Channel will be one of the largest Lighted Boat Parades to date in La Conner! “Christmas Island” is this year’s theme. Come early to shop and dine. Boats will float from the La Conner Marina to the city waterfront.

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