It is still November, but the Argosy Christmas Ships kick off voyage leaves the Leschi Marina tonight at 7 PM. While the kick off voyage is tonight, the Christmas Ships will not be visiting Madrona until December 22nd at 9:45 PM. Mark your calendar for the event which will take place at Madrona Beach near Spectrum Theater.
If you have young children and the Madrona Beach Christmas Ship visit is too late, consider going to Madison Park Beach on the same night. The Argosy Christmas Ships will visit Madison Park at 4:55 PM on December 22nd.
The grand finale of the Very Merry in Madrona this weekend is the stroll down to Madrona Park to watch the Christmas Ships. 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.
To get there you can either head straight there or join the candle light walk which leaves from the middle of the Madrona business district (34th and Union) at 8:45 PM. The candle light route will wind down the hill taking Union to 38th to Grand Avenue to Spring and through Madrona Woods down to Madrona Beach. (See previous link for the route). Spectrum Dance will provide hot chocolate and cider and lead a dance circle on the beach.
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.
As I wrote a couple weeks ago, the Very Merry in Madrona is coming this weekend. I will be blogging more about it as the week goes on, but mark you calendars because it should be a fun weekend in Madrona. The weekend includes extended hours of the Madrona retail stores on both Friday and Saturday. On Saturday things kick off at 11 AM with the Madrona Bronze Ring Project Celebration and then throughout the day there will be hot cider and cocoa, free wine tastings, live music, special holiday sales, children activities, and recycle truck photos. The day will be capped off with a candlelight walk down to Madrona Beach where there will be a bonfire and the Seattle holiday (aka Christmas) ships. The Christmas Ships will be at Madrona Beach / Park from 9:25 to 9:45 PM.
The second annual “Be Merry in Madrona” is December 2nd (Friday) and 3rd (Saturday) this year. Events are still being planned but in general the shops and restaurants in the Madrona Business District will have sales and extended hours for the holiday shopping season. In addition, there will be a ribbon cutting that Saturday morning for the Madrona Rings and the Christmas Ships will be coming to Madrona Park / Madrona Beach that night. There is talk of several other events such as a hot chocolate stand by the Madrona Community Council and cooperative open houses by local Seattle real agents holding many of the Madrona home for sales open for viewing for the public. Stay tuned!
Every year, the Greater Seattle Christmas Ship festival features holiday cruises 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. The Christmas Ships will be at Madrona Park 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. If you miss either of these stops, the Seattle Christmas Ships will be up in Madison Park on Saturday, Dec. 18th. 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. . 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.