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 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.
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 email@example.com to register your boat
Dock & Yacht Club Sites*
Puget Sound Yacht Club
Queen City Yacht Club
Seattle Yacht Club
Tyee Yacht Club
Lake Union Ivar's
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Seafair office at (206) 728-0123 x102.
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.
Washington Vocational Services
(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 www.wvs.org to obtain a registration and hold harmless form or contact Janet directly using the information above.
Seattle Area & Eastside
Friendship Adventures, Maureen Browning
Phone: (425) 444-3132
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 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.