Christmastime in Seattle – second outing

December 26, 2012 at 10:25 am Leave a comment

One event that I’ve always wanted to attend is the Christmas Ship Festival in Seattle.  Well, this year I finally made it.  Each night, from the end of November through December 23rd 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 a speaker system.


You can buy a ticket and ride the Christmas Ship…three decks, full bar, music…or one of the many parade ships and get the chance to cruise around for a few hours partying and watching the people on shore enjoy the show.  The other option is to go to one of the many designated waterfronts, enjoy the festivities on shore, stand by the bonfire and enjoy the sights of the parade of boats lit up with Christmas lights and listen to the carolers.  I opted to go to Madison Park and watch the ships from shore.

Hundreds of people were gathered when I arrived.  Had I known that there was a band playing and refreshments available and I would have arrived earlier.  But it was so much fun just the same.  I walked to the shore where there were babies to grandparents gathered.  The bonfire was blazing and the kids were wearing glow necklaces.


And then, here they came!  A parade of many, many boats coming towards us led by the Argosy Cruise ship.


They all gathered close to shore and the Dickens carolers began singing.


What a beautiful sight at the end of the performance when the Christmas ship turned, wishing us Peace, and the parade of ships followed as it sailed away to the next destination.



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