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2015 Seattle Christmas Ship Festival Pictures & Info: Schedule, Bonfires, Where to Watch, & More!

Argosy Christmas Ship at the Locks
[Seattle Christmas Ships Photo by Trish Hasz (patricia_rae) on Flickr]

The 2015 Argosy Seattle Christmas Ship Festival kicks off November 27 at the Kirkland Opening Ceremony and runs through December 22. Each night, the Christmas Ship sails to a different location with over 45 in total. Thousands of people gather around bonfires, sing carols, and watch the ships. Many people also decorate their ships with lights to take place in the “largest holiday floating parade in the world”. Below is the schedule, video, and more pictures!



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seattle-royal-argosy-christmas-ship-bonfireArgosy Christmas Ship Festival
November 27-December 23, 2015
Various Locations | argosycruises.com

The Argosy Christmas Ship festival is a holiday celebration that has been a Northwest tradition for over 60 years. 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.

Each night, from the end of November through December 22 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 get 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 your vessel and join in the festival and help form the largest holiday floating parade in the world!

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Seattle 2015 Christmas Ship Festival Schedule

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27
CHOIR: KIRKLAND CHORAL SOCIETY

Depart/Return: Lake Union Park, 7:00-9:15pm
First performance: Seattle Tennis Club (private)*, 8:00-8:20pm
Second performance: Park Shore Retirement Home (private), 8:30-8:50pm

BOOK NOW for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
BOOK NOW for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 – OPENING NIGHT
CHOIR: DICKENS CAROLERS

Depart/Return: Lake Union Park, 7:00-9:20pm
Opening Ceremonies Timing TBD
First performance: MOHAI*, 7:15-7:35pm
Second performance: Seattle Yacht Club (West Montlake Park), 8:05-8:25pm
Third performance: Ivar’s Salmon House, 8:40-9:00pm

Official Christmas Ship with choir on board
BOOK NOW for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29
CHOIR: MASTER CHORUS EASTSIDE

Depart/Return: Kirkland City Dock, 5:00-7:55pm
First performance: Kirkland Tree Lighting*, 5:00-5:20pm
Second performance: Windermere Beach Club (private)*, 5:45-6:05pm
Third performance: Gas Works Park*, 6:45-7:05pm

BOOK NOW for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
BOOK NOW for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2
CHOIR: DICKENS CAROLERS

Depart/Return: Leschi Marina, 7:00-9:30pm
First performance: Pritchard Beach Park*, 7:50-8:10pm
Second performance: Seward Park*, 8:25-8:45pm

BOOK NOW for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3
CHOIR: DICKENS CAROLERS

Depart/Return: Leschi Marina, 7:00-9:50pm
First performance: Mercer Island Beach Club (private), 8:05-8:25pm
Second performance: Newcastle Beach Park*, 8:55-9:15pm

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4
CHOIR: DICKENS CAROLERS

Depart/Return: Leschi Marina, 7:00-9:45pm
First performance: Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park (Clam Lights)*, 8:00-8:20pm
Second performance: Newport Yacht Club (private)*, 8:50-9:10pm

BOOK NOW for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 (FIRST SAILING)
CHOIR: DICKENS CAROLERS

Depart/Return: Kirkland City Dock, 3:30-5:50pm
First performance: Medina Beach Park, 4:10-4:30pm
Second performance: Houghton Beach Park*, 5:20-5:40pm

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 (SECOND SAILING)
CHOIR: DICKENS CAROLERS

Depart/Return: Kirkland City Dock, 8:00-10:30pm
First performance: Sheridan Beach Club (private, but guests are welcome)*, 8:55-9:15pm
Second performance: Matthews Beach Park*, 9:45-10:05pm

BOOK NOW for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6
CHOIR: DICKENS CAROLERS

Depart/Return: Leschi Marina, 5:00-7:20pm
First performance: Ferdinand Street Park*, 5:40-6:00pm
Second performance: Stan Sayres Memorial Park, 6:15-6:35pm
Third performance: Mt. Baker Beach Park*, 6:45-7:05pm

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8
CHOIR: DICKENS CAROLERS

Depart/Return: Edmonds Marina, 7:00-9:20pm
First performance: Edmonds Fishing Pier, 7:10-7:30pm
Second performance: Richmond Beach*, 8:20-8:40pm

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9
CHOIR: CHOIR OF THE SOUND

Depart/Return: Pier 55, 7:00-9:45pm
First performance: Manchester City Park, 8:05-8:25pm
Second performance: Salty’s on Alki*, 9:15-9:35pm

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10
CHOIR: PACIFIC SOUND CHORUS

Depart/Return: Des Moines Marina, 7:00-9:30pm
First performance: Des Moines Beach Park*, 7:20-7:40pm
Second performance: Dash Point State Park*, 8:20-8:40pm

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11
CHOIR: HOLY NAMES ACADEMY VOCAL ENSEMBLE

Depart/Return: Shilshole Bay Marina, 7:00-9:15pm
First performance: Shilshole Bay, 7:15-7:35pm
Second performance: Blue Ridge Club (private)*, 8:00-8:20pm
Third performance: Carkeek Park*, 8:35-8:55pm

BOOK NOW for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 (FIRST SAILING)
CHOIR: DICKENS CAROLERS

Depart/Return: Pier 55, 3:30-5:50pm
First performance: Lowman Beach Park*, 4:20-4:40pm
Second performance: Alki Beach Park*, 5:10-5:30pm

Official Christmas Ship with choir on board
BOOK NOW for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 (SECOND SAILING)
CHOIR: DICKENS CAROLERS

Depart/Return: Pier 55, 8:00-10:45pm
First performance: Seattle Aquarium/Great Wheel, 8:15-8:35pm
Second performance: Winslow Waterfront Beach*, 9:35-9:55pm

Official Christmas Ship with choir on board
BOOK NOW for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13
CHOIR: OLYMPIA YOUTH CHOIR – CANTABILE

Depart/Return: Tacoma, Museum of Glass, 5:00-8:00pm
First performance: Museum of Glass, 5:00-5:20pm
Second performance: Gig Harbor, 6:35-6:55pm

Official Christmas Ship with choir on board
BOOK NOW for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15
CHOIR: NORTH KITSAP NORTHERN LIGHTS

Depart/Return: Poulsbo Marina, 7:00-9:05pm
First performance: Poulsbo, 7:00-7:20pm
Second performance: Keyport, 7:45-8:05pm
Third performance: Lemolo, 8:20-8:40pm

BOOK NOW for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16
CHOIR: THE SWEDISH WOMEN’S CHORUS

Depart/Return: Shilshole Bay Marina, 7:00-9:45pm
First performance: Chittenden Locks, 8:10-8:30pm
Second performance: Golden Gardens Park*, 9:05-9:25pm

BOOK NOW for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
BOOK NOW for the WARM 106.9 Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17
CHOIR: RAINIER YOUTH CHOIRS

Depart/Return: Des Moines Marina, 7:00-9:45pm
First performance: Brown’s Point*, 8:00-8:20pm
Second performance: Redondo Beach*, 9:00-9:20pm

BOOK NOW for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
BOOK NOW for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18 – PARADE OF BOATS NIGHT
CHOIR: EMERALD CITY VOICES

Depart/Return: Lake Union Park, 7:00-9:30pm
First performance: Fishermen’s Terminal, 7:30-7:45pm
Second performance: Fremont Cut (start of the parade), 8:05-8:25pm
Third performance: Westward & Little Gull, 8:40-9:00pm

Official Christmas Ship with choir on board
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship 

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19 (FIRST SAILING)
CHOIR: DICKENS CAROLERS

Depart/Return: Kirkland City Dock, 3:30-5:45pm
First performance: OO Denny Park*, 4:00-4:20pm
Second performance: Laurelhurst Beach Club (private)*, 5:00-5:20pm

Official Christmas Ship with choir on board
BOOK NOW for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19 (SECOND SAILING)
CHOIR: DICKENS CAROLERS

Depart/Return: Kirkland City Dock, 8:00-10:40pm
First performance: Juanita Beach Park*, 8:25-8:45pm
Second performance: Tracy Owen Station at Log Boom Park, 9:25-9:45pm

Official Christmas Ship with choir on board
BOOK NOW for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20 (FIRST SAILING)
CHOIR: DICKENS CAROLERS

Kirkland City Dock, 3:30-5:40pm
First performance: Kirkland Marina Park*, 3:40-4:00pm
Second performance: Madison Park*, 4:40-5:00pm

Official Christmas Ship with choir on board
BOOK NOW for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20 (SECOND SAILING)
CHOIR: DICKENS CAROLERS

Depart/Return: Kirkland City Dock, 8:00-10:45pm
First performance: Covenant Shores (private)*, 8:50-9:10pm
Second performance: Madrona Beach Park*, 9:35-9:55pm

BOOK NOW for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
BOOK NOW for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 21
CHOIR: DICKENS CAROLERS

Depart/Return: Kirkland City Dock, 7:00-9:40pm
First performance: Lake Forest Civic Club (private)*, 7:55-8:15pm
Second performance: Warren G. Magnuson Park*, 8:55-9:15pm

BOOK NOW for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board
BOOK NOW for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22 (FIRST SAILING)
CHOIR: DICKENS CAROLERS

Depart/Return: Kirkland City Dock, 2:30-5:15pm
First performance: Mercerwood Shore Club (private)*, 3:30-3:50pm
Second performance: Beaux Arts (private), 4:05-4:25pm

BOOK NOW for the official Christmas Ship with choir on board

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22 (SECOND SAILING)
CHOIR: DICKENS CAROLERS

Depart/Return: Kirkland City Dock, 7:30-10:20pm
First performance: Carillon Point, 7:45-8:05pm
Second performance: Meydenbauer Beach Park*, 9:05-9:25pm

Official Christmas Ship with choir on board
BOOK NOW for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23 (FIRST SAILING)
CHOIR: DICKENS CAROLERS

Depart/Return: Kirkland City Dock, 3:30-5:25pm
First performance: Waverly Beach Park*, 3:50-4:10pm
Second performance: Yarrow Point Park*, 4:30-4:50pm

Official Christmas Ship with choir on board
BOOK NOW for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23 (SECOND SAILING) – GRAND FINALE
CHOIR: SEATTLE GIRLS CHOIR – PRIME VOCI

Depart/Return: Kirkland City Dock, 8:00-11:05pm
First performance: Portage Bay Park, 8:45-9:05pm
Second performance: Gas Works Park*, 9:45-10:05pm

Official Christmas Ship with choir on board
BOOK NOW for the Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship (GRAND FINALE PRICING)

* = confirmed bonfire/special lighting sites
(private) = bonfire site closed to visitors on land, but still visible from boats

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More Seattle Christmas Ship Festival Photos

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Video: Seattle Christmas Ships Festival 2012

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photos thanks to Argosy Cruises and Paul Dudley

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