Christmas will be here before you know it and Seattle is already deep in the season. Between light displays and holiday markets, there’s a ton to look forward to. That being said, the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival is one of Seattle’s classic holiday celebrations and it’s on now.

The ship-to-shore holiday celebration is in its 74th year, originally starting in 1949. Onlookers can see The Spirit of Seattle decorated with hundreds of shimmery white lights as it sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities. In total, about 40 are visited.

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While it’s spectacular to watch the ships from around the sound, you can actually go on board both the main ship and follow boat. On board, you’ll get to be up close and personal with the choirs that fill Puget Sound with holiday cheer.

If you choose to purchase tickets for the Christmas ship, you’ll get to enjoy the following:

  • 1.5-hour cruise to a waterfront community
  • On board community choir
  • Reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
  • A Full-service bar

If you choose to purchase tickets for the 21+ Follow Boat, which includes the festive, adults-only ugly sweater party, you’ll get to enjoy these fun offerings:

  • 1.5-hour cruise to a waterfront community
  • Broadcast choir performance
  • Photo booth and ugly sweater contest
  • A Full-service bar

But if you’d rather save on tickets and enjoy the boats from the shore, that’s perfectly fine too. You’ll be able to see the boats beginning on opening night Friday, November 24th and December weekends with the final sail happening on Saturday, December 23rd.

Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival

When: Friday, November 24th-Saturday, December 23rd
Where: Multiple departure locations
Cost: $74+