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Holiday Cruise

Celebrate the Season of Giving

This heartwarming event takes to the water as independent boaters and charter operators volunteer their boats, crew and time to host more than 2,000 developmentally disabled guests on a special holiday cruise on Lake Union and Lake Washington. Nearly 400 boaters will decorate their boats in a festive display of lights and welcome guests aboard at various docks and yacht clubs around the area. Once on board, guests are treated to snacks and beverages provided by participating boat owners and skippers, as well as entertainment and visits from Santa Claus as they cruise for two-hours through the Montlake Cut and near the 520 bridge. Simultaneous cruises take place in Bremerton, Tacoma and Olympia.

The 76 Seafair Foundation Holiday Cruise is scheduled from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, 2014. Passengers will begin loading at various dock locations at approximately 2:30 p.m. Departure times vary by dock location.

For more information about this event, please contact us at:
Phone: (206) 728-0123 x102

Volunteer Your Boat
The Holiday Cruise is a meaningful event for all who attend and as participation increases we need your help to accommodate each guest. If you would like to volunteer your boat for this holiday event, please fill out the below and submit to the Seafair office. All participating boats must be power boats at least 26 feet in length. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate sailboats in the Holiday Cruise.

Volunteer Boat Registration

If you are affiliated with a yacht club, please contact your club for additional information. If you are not currently affiliated or your club does not participate, please:
-Contact the Seafair office at (206) 728-0123 ext. 102 
-Email to register your boat

Dock & Yacht Club Sites* 
Chandler's Cove
Puget Sound Yacht Club
Queen City Yacht Club
Seattle Yacht Club
Tyee Yacht Club
Lake Union Ivar's
Naval Reserve
North Star Marina
Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club (in partnership with Rainer Yacht Club)
*Subject to change 

In addition to our boating guests, the Holiday Cruise attracts thousands of landside spectators and receives local media coverage. We encourage everyone to decorate their boats with bright lights and holiday decorations. Be creative so your boat will stand out in the parade!

Volunteer Your Time
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer for this event, please e-mail or call the Seafair office at (206) 728-0123 x102. 


Registration deadline: November 14, 2014

Seafair & 76 encourage the participation of developmentally disabled guests in the Holiday Cruise. Please take into consideration the factors of open water boating, weather and crowd excitement when signing up to participate in this event. 

Please register for the Special People's Holiday Cruise through one of the organizations listed below. Each agency has rules specific to their organization that must be followed regarding ratio of chaperones to guests. Guests must be at least 12 years of age. Each guest must submit a registration form and hold harmless waiver in order to participate. Guests with wheelchairs will need to secure their own transportation to and from the cruise.

It is recommended that you dress warm and wear a waterproof jacket and rubber-soled shoes. Lifejackets are required and will be supplied by boat operators at the event. Light snacks will be served.

Snohomish Community
Washington Vocational Services
Janet Bruckshen
(425) 405-3401
(425) 774-3338 ext. 239
22316-70th Ave W, Suite D
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
Please register directly through Janet Bruckshen with Washington Vocational Services. To do so, visit the website to obtain a registration and hold harmless form or contact Janet directly using the information above.

Seattle Area 
Friendship Adventures, Maureen Browning
Phone:  (425) 444-3132

Bellevue & Eastside
City of Bellevue Parks & Community Services
Highland Community Center
Phone: (425) 452-6105
Please note that this service leaves form Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club and bus shuttles will not be provided.

Seattle & Seattle Parks Specialized Programs
Seattle Parks Department Specialized Programs participants please call 
(206) 684-4950 and they will assist you with registration. 

Special Thanks: The Holiday Cruise exists because of generous individual donors and our corporate partners: 76 Gasoline Stations, First Student, PromoShop, Radio Disney, Wells Fargo, The Boeing Company, Charlie's Produce, Bartell Drugs, Argosy Cruises, Virginia IV Foundation, Albert Lee Appliance, KIRO 7 Eyewitness News, Seattle Mariners and Uber. 

About the Seafair Foundation
The Seafair Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established to create programs to celebrate and reward cultural diversity, education and community engagement in Greater Seattle.

Presenting Sponsor
76 Avant Garden Florist Banner Bank Ben Bridge Jewelers BMW Northwest Enterprise Foundation First Student, Inc. Grand Event Rentals Hacker & Willig John F. Kennedy Catholic High School Northwest Cellars Princess Cruises SK Food Group Smashbox Cosmetics Space Needle The Museum of Flight Tutta Bella Wake Forest Schools of Business Woodland Park Zoo Boeing KIRO TV