Part of Christmas in the Northwest is the beauty of lighted ships and boats on the local lakes and in Puget Sound. Join in the fun and merriment of the holidays and take a ride on one of these evening cruises!

Christmas Ship Festival
December 6 – December 23
Argosy Cruises
1101 Alaskan Way, Pier 55
Seattle, WA 98101

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The Argosy Christmas Ship Festival is a holiday celebration that has been a Northwest tradition since 1949. Its main purpose is to bring 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. Through December 23, 2012 the Argosy Christmas Ship sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities, over 45 in total. 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 ride on board the Christmas Ship, 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 your vessel and join in the festival and help form the largest holiday floating parade in the world! Check the schedule and make reservations online.

Holiday Parade of Lights
December 7 – December 22
Waterways Cruises
2441 N. Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103

Join the celebration aboard a beautifully decorated Waterways yacht, and join dozens of festive boats for the annual Holiday Parade of Lights Cruises, a unique Seattle tradition. Your evening afloat includes a champagne toast upon boarding and a buffet of holiday favorites. Sip on hot apple cider or a handcrafted winter cocktail and take in the spectacular views of dazzling displays of holiday lights. Live music will add to your enjoyment as you dine, while the joyful singing of the carolers bring holiday cheer to your cruising experience. Specialty cocktails, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase during the cruise. There are premium dining cruises on December 7, 8, 15, 21, and 23. Festive dining on December 8, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, and 22. Cruises depart from both Seattle and the Kirkland Marina. Check website for details.

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Christmas Lights on the Lakes
December 7, 8, 21 and 22
Queen of Seattle Paddlewheel Cruises
South Lake Union Park
860 Terry Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

Steam along the shores of Lake Union and Lake Washington, and let the lights bring holiday cheer to your cruising experience on the The Queen of Seattle paddle steam boat. The DJ will entertain you with music of season and songs for those who want to kick up their heels on the dance floor. Sip on one of the holiday libations and enjoy the fabulous dessert buffet throughout your cruise. Prize drawings emceed by Santa! The Queen of Seattle’s happy crew look forward to entertaining you. Details online. Call for reservations.

Holiday Lights Cruises
Through January 1, 2013
4:30pm – 5:30pm
Destiny Harbor Tours
8829 N. Harborview Dr.
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

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Boat Tours along the historic Gig Harbor waterfront enjoying the crisp air and the spectacular lighted homes and yachts! Cruises nightly through January 1. See details online. Call for reservations.