I wanted to highlight a few of the events in my holiday guide this week.
Tonight and tomorrow, if you’re willing to let the kids stay up late, you can watch the Argosy Christmas ship come in, enjoy a bonfire and refreshments, and maybe even check out some sea critters!
The ship is brightly decorated and stops at area parks during its nightly cruises for a concert of about 20 minutes of carols and holiday favorites. The crowds on the beach are invited to join in. Best of all-it’s all free!
The ship departs from Redondo tonight, and then stops at Browns Point, where there will be a community tree lighting and beach bonfire at 7, followed by the ship’s arrival around 7:45. This event has been open to the public in the past, though I haven’t had a chance to check yet this year. The Browns Point Lighthouse Park is always open to the public, though parking is tight, but the community center and its large lot right next door is usually reserved for members. It is worth joining if you’re a resident-the dues are low, and they do a variety of fun things.
Or, head to Redondo where you can check out sea critters at the HCC Mast Aquarium while you wait for the ship’s return. The aquarium touch tanks will be open from 7:30-9:30, with their bonfire and free refreshments around 8. Expect the ship to arrive closer to the end of the festivities. More information about the event at this location here.
You can also see the Christmas ship tomorrow in Tacoma and Gig Harbor. It’s scheduled to be in front of the Glass Museum from 7-7:20, before sailing on to Gig Harbor, where you can enjoy it from Skansie Brothers park at 8:30, or come early for community caroling they’re calling Hark the Harbor.
You can see the full Argosy Christmas Ship Schedule here. Besides the dates above, there is also a South Sound stop in Des Moines and Dash Point coming up on the 19th. The rest of the ports of call (ports of carols?) are all in the Seattle area. You will want to make sure everyone is bundled up, and as with all community fun, consider going early if you want a parking spot.
For more holiday fun, be sure to check out the Sounds Fun Mom South Sound Holiday Fun and Events Guide. It’s organized by area and then by date, and you’ll find plenty to do, from total bargains to special splurges.