Christmas Ships Coming to Ballard Friday Dec 13th and 17th

This wonderful holiday marina tradition is coming! The Argosy Christmas ships festival has been anchoring at harbors around the Puget Sound since 1949, and every year we look forward to seeing the beautifully lit up ship cruise by singing holiday music – quite a treat for the eyes and ears! If you’re around Ballard, don’t miss the festivities in the Shilshole Bay Marina from 7:15-7:35pm, stopping in Blue Ridge from 8:00-8:20pm, and ending over at Carkeek Park from 8:35-8:55pm. Argosy Christmas Ship

If you’re closer to Golden Gardens or Old Ballard, the Christmas ship will be making a stop at Golden Gardens & the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks on Tuesday the 17th.The Choir singing aboard this ship will be the Dickens Carolers, and a parade boat will of course follow the Christmas ship en route. This is always a treat for those hanging out in the marina, but if you’d like to climb aboard the Christmas ship, or the Parade ship that follows, book your seat before they fill up today!

The Annual 2011 Christmas Ships Are Coming to Ballard!

2011 Christmas Ship Festival in SeattleSeattle’s annual Christmas Ship Festival officially kicks off this Thursday, December 1st, and you don’t want to miss it when it floats by Ballard.  The 62 year Seattle tradition is a sure way to get you and your family into the holiday spirit.

On December 7th, head over to either the Ballard Locks or Golden Gardens Park in the evening to see the largest holiday floating parade in the world. The brightly decorated Christmas ships will stop in front of the Ballard Locks for 20 minutes, starting at 8:10pm. It’ll continue on to Golden Gardens Park and be there from 9:05-9:25pm. Pack a thermos of hot chocolate, warm your hands by the bonfire and listen to the Dickens Carolers.

If you’re busy on Wednesday, you can catch the ships up near Carkeek Park on Sunday, December 11th. The Christmas Ships arrive in Carkeek Park a bit earlier, around 6:00pm. For more information, check out the full schedule here. Happy Holidays!