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Celebrate The Holidays In Seattle – 7 Ways To Cruise Through the Holidays with Waterways Cruises


Staying close to home here in Seattle for the holidays this year? Celebrate the holidays while cruising in style on a holiday-themed dining cruise with Waterways Cruises.

The holiday season is a time of wonder and joy, and there’s no better place to experience its magic than in the beautiful city of Seattle. Nestled in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle transforms into a winter wonderland during this time of year, offering a unique blend of festive traditions, stunning light displays, and a warm sense of community.

Seattle hosts a variety of holiday events and activities for the whole family. The annual Christmas Ship Festival and Parade Of Lights is a beloved tradition, where beautifully decorated boats sail on the sound and Seattle’s lakes, spreading holiday cheer with carolers and a stunning light show. Additionally, you can catch a performance of “The Nutcracker” at the Pacific Northwest Ballet or attend a holiday concert at one of Seattle’s many renowned music venues. Another great holiday offering in Seattle is The Pike Place Market. The market is a year-round attraction in Seattle, but it takes on a special charm during the holiday season. The market is adorned with festive decorations, including a giant Christmas tree, and vendors offer a delightful array of holiday treats, handcrafted gifts, and seasonal foods. From sipping on hot apple cider to picking out unique handmade ornaments, Pike Place Market provides the perfect backdrop for getting into the holiday spirit.

While exploring the city’s vibrant streets and charming neighborhoods is a delightful experience in itself, there’s an even more magical way to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit – from the water. Experience the holiday’s on a boat, gently gliding through the serene waters of Seattle, surrounded by the glittering lights of the city’s skyline and the warm glow of holiday decorations. The Seattle skyline is iconic, and it becomes even more mesmerizing during the holidays when skyscrapers and landmarks are adorned with colorful lights and festive decorations.

Here Are Some Of Our Very Best Holiday Season Offerings!



Thanksgiving Day Cruise – November 23– 3:00 pm & 5:30 pm

Join us for a Thanksgiving Day celebration with a gourmet buffet of favorite holiday selections!

Celebrate Thanksgiving aboard a beautiful Waterways yacht with a gourmet buffet of traditional holiday selections and magnificent views of Seattle. Enjoy a relaxing holiday cruise surrounded by family and friends and let us do all the work! Learn More


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Holiday Parade Of Lights Cruises – Multiple Dates and Times In December 

Join in on Seattle’s annual tradition of the Holiday Parade Of Lights! Celebrate the holidays aboard a beautiful Waterways yacht as we take our place among festively decorated boats in the annual Holiday Parade of Lights Cruises. Sip on hot apple cider or a handcrafted winter cocktail and take in the spectacular views of the dazzling displays of holiday lights as you cruise. Learn More



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Santa Supper 

Celebrate with Santa aboard this fun, family supper cruise! Bring your family aboard to celebrate the magic of the holidays and relax to a delicious lunch and fun activities! Your little ones will be delighted with a visit from Santa, and holiday-themed crafts during the cruise. ONLINE SOON




Holiday Brunch

Join us for a festive brunch on Seattle’s Lakes! Treat yourself and your loved ones to a three-course brunch of the best foods and unwind from all of the stressful Christmas activities aboard a beautifully decorated Waterways yacht. ONLINE SOON





Christmas Eve Dinner – December 24 – 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Join us for an unforgettable Christmas Eve celebration! Dine aboard a beautifully decorated Waterways yacht as you take in the dazzling displays of holiday lights and the Seattle skyline. Relax with your family and friends and enjoy this special festive holiday cruise! Learn More



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New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise – December 31 – 9:30 pm to 12:30 am

Ring in the New Year in style aboard a beautiful Waterways yacht with a champagne toast in hand and the best views of the dazzling fireworks show on Lake Union! Indulge in an exquisite four-course dinner created by our Executive Chef for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration! ONLINE SOON




New Year’s Eve Party Cruise – December 31 – 9:30 pm to 12:30 am

Join us for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve experience as we cruise on the shimmering waters of Seattle’s lakes for a night of celebration. Treat yourself to your favorite drinks and snacks before your new years resolutions start! Dance the night away to our live DJ and count down to the new year with your best friends. ONLINE SOON