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2013 Seattle Christmas Ships Festival Info: Pictures, Video, Schedule, Bonfires, Caroling, Largest Holiday Floating Parade In The World

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

The 2013 Argosy Seattle Christmas Ship Festival kicks November 29th at the Kirkland Opening Ceremony and runs through December 23rd. 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 29-December 23, 2013
Various Locations |

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 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 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!


Seattle Christmas Ship Festival Schedule

Friday, November 29: Kirkland Opening Ceremony
Choir: Master Chorus Eastside
7:10–7:30 p.m. Kirkland Marina Park (bonfire/special lighting location)
8:25–8:45 p.m. Gas Works Park(bonfire/special lighting location)

Saturday, November 30: Seattle Opening Night Ceremony
Choir: Dickens Carolers
7:15–7:35 p.m. MOHAI – SLU (bonfire/special lighting location)
8:15–8:35 p.m. Seattle Yacht Club / West Montlake Park

Sunday, December 1: Stan Sayres Park & Mt. Baker Beach Park
Choir: NW Girlchoir Amore Ensemble
5:40-6:00 p.m. Ferdinand Street Park (bonfire/special lighting location)
6:15-6:35 p.m.Stan Sayres Memorial Park (bonfire/special lighting location)
6:45-7:05 p.m. Mount Baker Beach Park (bonfire/special lighting location)

Tuesday, December 3: Seattle Tennis & Park Shore
Choir: The Everett Chorale
8:00-8:20 p.m. Seattle Tennis Club (private)
8:30-8:50 p.m. Park Shore Retirement Home (private)

Wednesday, December 4: Pritchard Beach Park & Seward Park
Choir: Snoqualmie Valley Girls Choir
7:50-8:10 p.m. Pritchard Beach Park (bonfire/special lighting location)
8:25-8:45 p.m. Seward Park (bonfire/special lighting location)

Thursday, December 5: Mercer Island & Newcastle
Choir: Seattle Ladies Choir
8:00-8:20 p.m. Mercer Island Beach Club (private)
8:50-9:10 p.m. Newcastle Beach Park (bonfire/special lighting location)

Friday, December 6: Gene Coulon & Newport Yacht Club
Choir: Dickens Carolers
8:00-8:20 p.m. Gene Coulon (Ivar’s Clam Lights opening)
8:50-9:10 p.m. Newport Yacht Club (private)

Saturday, December 7: Lowman Beach & Alki Beach (First Sailing)
Choir: Dickens Carolers
4:20-4:40 p.m. Lowman Beach Park (bonfire/special lighting location)
5:10-5:30 p.m. Alki Beach Park (bonfire/special lighting location)

Saturday, December 7: Seattle Aquarium & Winslow (Second Sailing)
Choir: Dickens Carolers
8:15-8:35 p.m. Seattle Aquarium/Seattle Great Wheel (bonfire/special lighting location)
9:35-9:55 p.m. Winslow Waterfront Beach

Sunday, December 8: Tacoma & Gig Harbor
Choir: Jet Cities Chorus
5:00-5:20 p.m. Tacoma Museum of Glass
6:20-6:40 p.m. Gig Harbor

Tuesday, December 10: Edmonds & Richmond Beach
Choir: Choir of the Sound
7:10-7:30 p.m. Edmonds Fishing Pier
8:20-8:40 p.m. Richmond Beach (bonfire/special lighting location)

Wednesday, December 11: Poulsbo, Keyport & Lemolo
Choir: North Kitsap Northern Lights Choir
7:00-7:20 p.m. Poulsbo
7:45-8:05 p.m. Keyport (bonfire/special lighting location)
8:20-8:40 p.m. Lemolo

Thursday, December 12: Brown’s Point & Redondo Beach
Choir: Emerald City Voices
8:00-8:20 p.m. Brown’s Point (bonfire/special lighting location)
9:00-9:20 p.m. Redondo Beach (bonfire/special lighting location)

Friday, December 13: Shilshole Bay, Blue Ridge & Carkeek Park
Choir: Dickens Carolers
7:15-7:35 p.m. Shilshole Bay
8:00-8:20 p.m. Blue Ridge (bonfire/special lighting location)
8:35-8:55 p.m. Carkeek Park (bonfire/special lighting location)

Saturday, December 14: Medina & Houghton Beach (First Sailing)
Choir: Dickens Carolers
4:20-4:40 p.m. Medina (bonfire/special lighting location)
5:30-5:50 p.m. Houghton Beach (bonfire/special lighting location)

Saturday, December 14: Sheridan Beach & Matthews Beach (Second Sailing)
Choir: Dickens Carolers
8:55-9:15 p.m. Sheridan Beach Club (bonfire/special lighting location)
9:45-10:05 p.m. Matthews Beach Park (bonfire/special lighting location)

Sunday, December 15: Carillon Point & Meydenbauer Bay
Choir: Kirkland Choral Society
5:15-5:35 p.m. Carillon Point
6:25-6:45 p.m. Meydenbauer Bay (bonfire/special lighting location)

Monday, December 16: Manchester & Alki
Choir: Pacific Sound Chorus
8:05-8:25 p.m. Manchester City Park (bonfire/special lighting location)
9:15-9:35 p.m. Salty’s on Alki (bonfire/special lighting location)

Tuesday, December 17: Ballard Locks & Golden Gardens
Choir: Dickens Carolers
8:10-8:30 p.m. Hiram M Chittenden Locks
9:05-9:25 p.m. Golden Gardens Park (bonfire/special lighting location)

Wednesday, December 18: Des Moines & Dash Point
Choir: Rainier Youth Choir
7:20-7:40 p.m. Des Moines Marina Park (bonfire/special lighting location)
8:20-8:40 p.m. Dash Point (bonfire/special lighting location)

Thursday, December 19: Beaux Arts & Luther Burbank
Choir: Dickens Carolers
8:00-8:20 p.m. Beaux Arts (bonfire/special lighting location)
8:35-8:55 p.m. Luther Burbank Park

Friday, December 20: Lake Forest & Magnuson Beach
Choir: Dickens Carolers
7:55-8:15 p.m. Lake Forest Civic Club (Private)
8:50-9:10 p.m. Magnuson Beach Park (bonfire/special lighting location)

Saturday, December 21: Kirkland Marina & Madison Park (First Sailing)
Choir: Dickens Carolers
3:40-4:00 p.m. Kirkland Marina Park (bonfire/special lighting location)
4:40-5:00 p.m. Madison Park (bonfire/special lighting location)

Saturday, December 21: Covenant Shore & Madrona Beach (Second Sailing)
Choir: Dickens Carolers
9:00-9:20 p.m. Covenant Shores (private)
9:45-10:05 p.m. Madrona Beach Park (bonfire/special lighting location)

Sunday, December 22: O.O. Denny Park & Laurelhurst Beach (First Sailing)
Choir: Dickens Carolers
4:00-4:20 p.m. O.O.Denny Park (bonfire/special lighting location)
5:00-5:20 p.m. Laurelhurst Beach Club (Private)

Sunday, December 22: Log Boom Park & Juanita Beach (Second Sailing)
Choir: Dickens Carolers
9:00-9:20 p.m. Log Boom Park, Kenmore
10:00-10:20 p.m. Juanita Beach Park (bonfire/special lighting location)

Monday, December 23: Yarrow Point & Waverly Beach (First Sailing)
Choir: Dickens Carolers
3:50-4:10 p.m. Yarrow Point Park (bonfire/special lighting location)
4:30-4:50 p.m. Waverly Beach Park (bonfire/special lighting location)

Monday, December 23: Portage Bay & Gas Works (Second Sailing – Grand Finale)
Choir: Seattle Girls Choir – Prime Voci
8:45-9:05 p.m. Portage Bay (W. Montlake Park)
9:45-10:05 pm. Gas Works Park Grand Finale (bonfire/special lighting location)


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More Seattle Christmas Ship Festival Photos

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Video: Seattle Christmas Ships Festival 2012


photos thanks to Argosy Cruises and Paul Dudley