Argosy Christmas Ship Festival Returns to Kirkland

The Argosy Christmas Ship festival is a holiday celebration that has been a Northwest tradition for 61 years. Its main purpose is to bring communities together to celebrate the holiday season.

Opening night is December 1st with the Christmas Ship departing from Marina Park. The parade of ships comes to Kirkland again on December 4, and December 17-23. Since Juanita Beach Park is closed this year, the Christmas Ships will instead be stopping at Waverly Beach Park on December 19. Dates and times are posted on our Calendar.

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 through December 23rd, 2010 the Argosy Christmas Ship sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities. 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 join 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 you vessel andjoin in the festival and help form the largest holiday floating parade in the world! In addition to good cheer, family, and friends, a portion of all ticket sales benefits The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy, an annual program that raises money for several charitable organizations in the Puget Sound area.

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Here is a short video from 2008 when the Christmas Ships came to town: