Now in its 62nd year, the Argosy Christmas Ships festival is a Pacific Northwest tradition. You can decorate your own boat and join in the parade, or gather with friends and neighbors at one of the many on shore locations that host viewing parties.

Each night through December 23rd, the Argosy Christmas Ship sails to a different waterfront community, visiting 45 communities total. Onboard, choirs sing 20-minute performances that can be heard on shore. On shore, thousands gather around bonfires to watch the parade of boats and sing their own carols.

The ships will depart from Seattle Southside’s Des Moines Marina on two nights listed below. In addition, a complete list of where the festival will be floating by and the best places for on-shore viewing is available here: http://www.argosycruises.com/themecruises/xmasSchedule.cfm. Don’t forget to bundle up – it will be chilly outside!

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8
CHOIR: Rainier Youth Choir – Conosare
Depart: Des Moines Marina, 7 p.m. - 9:35 p.m.
7:55-8:15 Brown’s Point
8:50-9:10 Redondo Beach

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15
CHOIR: The Dickens Carolers
Depart: Des Moines Marina, 7 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.
7:10-7:30 Des Moines Beach Park*
8:10-8:30 Dash Point