Posted by: instanthausfrau | December 5, 2009

Holiday Advent Calendar Day 4 | Christmas Ships

Day 4 | Christmas Ships.

I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day, On Christmas Day
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day in the morning.

A 60-year Seattle tradition, the Christmas Ships make their way around Puget Sound during the month of December. Decorated in lights, the parade of Argosy ships and local boat owners stops at various beaches and parks around Seattle. On board the Christmas Ship is one of many local choirs (different choirs on different nights), and a 20 minute performance occurs at each stop. You can buy tickets to travel on board the Christmas Ship or one of Argosy’s Parade Ships that follows, or gather on shore to greet the ships as they arrive.

The Argosy Christmas Ship We caught the Christmas Ships on their stop at MOHAI, where the museum hosted a lovely party complete with Santa, cocoa, the Dickens Carolers, decorate your own sugar cookies, and flashlights for the kids as we made our way to the waterfront. And did I mention it was all free? I don’t know if MOHAI will be hosting the Christmas Ships after 520s expansion forces their move to South Lake Union, but their wonderful holiday gathering should be on your list if they do.

You can still catch the Christmas Ships at any number of gatherings this year. A full schedule and list of participating choirs (as well as ticket sales for those wanting a voyage) can be found at the Argosy site here.


Argosy Christmas Ships | $25 – $99 / adult, $10 – $39 / kid, free to enjoy from shore.

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