Experiencing an old Seattle holiday tradition


December 28, 2022

Steve Edwards Photo This photo was taken from O.O. Denny Park on the shoreline of Lake Washington near Kirkland, Washington. The large boat to the left is the Spirit of Seattle carrying about 200 passengers and a choral group. The smaller, lighted boat to the right is the 21+ Follow Boat, an adults only boat. The boats were part of Seattle's month long Christmas Ships Festival. Note the four kayakers in the lower middle of the photo listening to the music.

A man at the church we've been attending while dog/house sitting in Woodinville, Washington, was offering to take folks on his 50-foot boat to cruise in Seattle's annual Christmas Ship Festival. The festival involves lighted boats cruising on Lake Washington and the Puget Sound. The parade visits various lakeside communities and presents short musical programs for folks gathered on the shoreline. The month long festival has been operating for nearly 80 years. Despite having lived a couple of Christmases in the Seattle area, we'd never heard of the event. It looked like it might be fun.


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