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Greet The Season at Lake Union Park!

November 22, 2013


Seattle, WA — Bring the whole family, hop the streetcar, come to Seattle’s Lake Union waterfront on Saturday, November 30th for Greet the Season at Lake Union Park. Greet the Season at Lake Union Park features activities for all ages, including toy boat building, cookie decorating, card and ornament making, knot tying, other crafts, music and dance performances! It’s a one-of-a-kind family-oriented holiday event that is becoming one of Seattle’s favorite new holiday traditions.

Greet the Season at Lake Union Park is your opportunity to board historic vessels such as the tugboat Arthur Foss, steamship Virginia V and the Edwardian houseboat Lotus. The boats and boathouse at The Center for Wooden Boats, along with The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) will be jammed with activities for kids and with spots where tasty cider and cocoa can be found, cookies can be decorated, hand-crafted cards and ornaments can be made, and where festive tunes will be sung right up to the first appearance of the Christmas Ships.

The event opens at 10am and there are activities throughout the day and into the evening – activities and performances are staggered, so please check the schedule online if there is something you don’t want to miss. For more information:

MOHAI has regular admission 10am-5pm, with the Atrium open for free from 5pm-8pm. Inside MOHAI you’ll find Evergreen City Ballet doing excerpts from The Nutcracker, Village Caroler singing in the season and a fun photo booth. Other venues (Virginia V, Arthur Foss, Lightship “Swiftsure,” M/V Lotus, and The Center for Wooden Boats) are free to enter; donations are gratefully accepted and some activities (such as Toy Boat Building) have a suggested donation.


New this year; kids will decorate a Sailor’s Ditty Bag. Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society has partnered with the Catholic Seafarer’s Center of Seattle and United Port Ministries of Seattle to have kids decorate ditty bags for crew on boats who are away from home at the holidays. The ditty bags will be filled with donations from partner organizations and delivered to crew members during the month of December.

The Christmas Ships depart from the wharf at Lake Union Park at 7pm, stopping in the waterway for a performance by the Dickens Carolers from 7:15-7:35pm; the carolers can be clearly heard from the Park and from the deck of the Virginia V. Hot beverages will be available.

The event is sponsored by The At Lake Union Park Working Group (including The Center for Wooden Boats, The Virginia V Foundation, Northwest Seaport, Maritime Folknet, and m/v Lotus Foundation), The Museum of History & Industry, Buca de Beppo, Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society, Argosy Cruises and World Sports Grille on Westlake.


About Lake Union Park

Lake Union Park, located on the south end of Seattle’s central lake, is a new 12-acre park that provides much needed green space and access to the water in a growing neighborhood and city, and celebrates the region’s rich maritime, natural, and cultural heritage. Completed in 2010, Lake Union Park includes a model boat pond, restored shoreline habitat, a tree grove and picnic area, landscaped mounds, a 300-foot long interactive fountain along with Seattle’s maritime and heritage organizations including The Center for Wooden Boats, Northwest Seaport, Virginia V Foundation, The Museum of History & Industry, Discovery Modelers Education Center, Sailing Heritage Society, Seattle Flying Dragons, and United Indians of All Tribes Foundation. To learn more about Lake Union Park visit

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