Greet the Season

Join the partners of Lake Union Park for a one-of-a-kind family-oriented holiday event! 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!

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 if there is something you don't want to miss.

MOHAI has regular admission 10am-5pm, with the Atrium open for free from 5pm-8pm. 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.

The Christmas Ships depart from the wharf at Lake Union Park at 7pm, stopping in the waterway for a choral performance 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.


  • Open Ships & Dockside Tours
  • Card & Ornament Making
  • Knot Tying
  • Coloring
  • Toy Boat Building
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Signal Flag Necklaces
  • Pond Boat Sailing

Schedule of Events:


  • 10 am – 5 pm: Regular admission to the museum
  • 5 pm – 8 pm: Free admission to the Grand Atrium (galleries closed); photobooth, crafts, hot cider & cookies
  • 10 am – 6 pm: Decorate holiday cards for sailors who are away from home, presented by Puget Sound Maritime in partnership with Catholic Seafarers’ Center
  • 11 am – 7 pm: Gingerbread House Making, $15 per house kit, supplies limited
  • 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm: Evergreen City Ballet, The Nutcracker
  • 6 pm: Holiday concert with Miss Rose and Her Rhythm Percolators
  • All day: 10-20% off all merchandise in the MOHAI Store!
  • 11 am–1 pm: Nautical Holiday Cards
  • 1–4 pm: Build a toy boat to take home!
  • 10 am–8 pm: Open ship (free hot drinks, snacks, and ship tours)
  • 10 am–5 pm: Maritime Folknet presents ornament & card making; Discovery Modelers Education Center presents signal flag necklaces
  • 10 am–6 pm: Maritime Folknet presents live holiday music
  • 7:15 pm: From the deck, watch The Dickens Carolers perform on board the Argosy Christmas Ship Festival
  • 12 pm–5 pm: Open ship, hot cider and tugboat crafts
  • 12 pm–4 pm: Cookie Decorating
  • 12 pm–5 pm: Open ship
  • 10 am–3 pm: Open ship and music
  • 11 am–2pm: Pond boat sailing with CWB at the Boat Pond
  • Dusk (4:30 pm): Lighting of the Arthur Foss and Lightship 83 Swiftsure
  • 7:15 pm: From the wharf, watch The Dickens Carolers perform on board the Argosy Christmas Ship Festival

This event is brought to you by Amazon, 4Culture, Little Rae's Bakery, the Museum of History & Industry, The Center for Wooden Boats, The Steamer Virginia V Foundation, Northwest Seaport, Maritime Folknet, Discovery Modelers, Bellevue Youth Choirs, and Argosy Cruises.

Greet the Season Sponsors