The Seattle Christmas Ships will be viewable in the Denny Blaine area several times over the next couple weeks. The next chance to see the Christmas Ships will be Saturday night down the hill from Denny Blaine at Madrona Park. The ships will actually be the grand finale of the Very Merry in Madrona this Friday and Saturday. The Christmas Ships, a Seattle tradition for 62 years, will stop in front of Madrona Beach between 9:25 and 9:45 PM on Saturday night (December 3rd). Come and enjoy brightly decorated ships and the holiday songs by the Dickens Carolers while standing by a warm bonfire on Madrona Beach on the south side of the Spectrum Theatre.
Flashlights and warm clothes are recommended. The Seattle forecast looks to be clear but cold.
If you have little ones at home, the Madrona Christmas Ship schedule may be late for your family. You may want to consider going to Mount Baker neighborhood on Sunday night where they will have three shows: Ferdinand Street Park (the boats will be in the bay between Seward Park and Lake Washington Boulevard) from 5:40 to 6:00 PM; Stan Sayres Memorial Park (aka The Pitts) from 6:15 to 6:35 PM; and Mt. Baker Beach Park from 6:45 to 7:05 PM. Monday the Christmas Ships will be at Seward Park starting at 8:25 PM or you can wait until Saturday, December 17th when the Christmas Ships will be at Madison Park Beach from 4:55 to 5:15 PM. You can also check the full schedule of stops to find a date and place that is convenient to you.
Every year, the Christmas Ship festival, featuring a holiday cruise that sails to over 45 waterfront communities in the Puget Sound Area. The long running tradition (over 61 years) features holiday music from an on-board choir, full decor and a meal option. Aboard the ship, passengers enjoy the sites of the season from the water. On shore, many community members gather in anticipation of the Christmas Ships’ arrival to see the beautiful sights. This past Sunday, the ships stopped by the Seattle Tennis Club in the Washington Park neighborhood, but do not fear, you have plenty more chances to see the Seattle Christmas Ships. They are visiting nearby neighborhoods several more times this Holiday Season. Saturday, December 18th, the Seattle Christmas Ships will be up in Madison Park. The Christmas Ships will be there from 4:55- 5:15 pm. If it is anything like previous years, then you had better get there early. If you don’t, you will have to park several blocks away from the beach, which ‘I heard’ is no fun running to when you hear the music start and you have a two year old in tow. If you prefer a shorter commute, head down to see them at Madrona Park. The Christmas Ships will be there this weekend, Saturday Dec. 4th, from 9:25-9:45 pm. They will also be making their way down to the Mt. Baker/Seward Park area, if you want to venture further. On Sunday Dec 5th, they will start in Seward Park area, at Ferdinand Street in Andrews Bay (a.k.a. Seward Park Bay) at 5:40- 6:00 pm, then head to Stan Sayres Memorial Park (a.k.a. “The Pits”) from 6:15-6:35 pm, and finally to Mt. Baker Beach from 6:45-7:05 pm. Don’t miss out on this long-standing traditions and see the Christmas Ships this holiday season! Follow the link to see a full schedule of stops and tickets.