Christmas Ship to light up Shilshole Saturday

The Argosy Cruise Christmas Ship will parade in the waters off Ballard on Saturday as part of its annual festivities.

The first sailing runs from 2:30 to 5 p.m., and the on-board choir will perform at the Ballard Locks at 3:40 p.m. and Golden Gardens at 4:20 p.m. Here’s the route map.

The second sailing will run from 7 to 9:15 p.m. — this is the most popular event with holiday lights in full display — with choir performances at Carkeek Park at 7:30 p.m. and Shilshole Bay at 8:40 p.m. Here’s the route map.

The lead boat is sold out for both sailings, but as of this writing, there’s still room on the follow boat for the first sailing. Ray’s Boathouse is also taking reservations for dinner.

Argosy Cruises donates part of the Christmas Ship proceeds to The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy, an annual program that raises money for several local charitable organizations.

The Christmas Ship event has been a Northwest tradition since 1949.

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