Celebrate the Season of Giving
This heartwarming event takes to the water as independent boaters and charter operators volunteer their boats, crews and time to host approximately 2,000 intellectually disabled guests on a special holiday cruise on Lakes Union & Washington. Nearly 400 boats will be decked out in lights and holiday cheer at various docks and yacht clubs. Once on board, guests are treated to a snack and beverages provided by participating boat owners and skippers. Guest also enjoy entertainment, gifts and visits from Santa Claus as they cruise for two hours through the Montlake Cut to Lake Washington. 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 ext. 102
The Holiday Cruise is a meaningful event for all who attend and as participation increases, we need your help to accommodate each guest.
CLICK HERE to fill out the Volunteer Registration form.
If you would like to volunteer your boat, please fill out the online registration form accessible via the web link below. All vessels must be power boats and at least 26 feet in length. We are unable to accommodate sailboats. If you are affiliated with a yacht club, please register through your club directly.
Volunteer Boat Registration
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!
Dock & Yacht Club Sites*
South Lake Union Park
Tyee Yacht Club
Queen City Yacht Club
Seattle Yacht Club
Ivar's Salmon House
Puget Sound Yacht Club
Morrison's North Star Marine
Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club (Partnership w/Rainier Yacht Cub)??
Volunteer Your Time
If you are interested in serving as a volunteer for this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Seafair office at 206.728.0123 ext. 102.
Registration Deadline: November 10, 2014
Seafair & 76 encourage the participation of intellectually 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 76 Seafair 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.
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.
Guest with wheelchairs or mobility issues must register through Friendship Adventures.
Contact: Sarah Bernhardt
Guests who are in need of shuttle transportation must register through Washington Vocational Services or Seattle Parks.
Washington Vocational Services?
Contact: Janet Bruckshen?
Seattle Parks Department Specialized Programs
Contact: Tori Fernau
Bellevue & Eastside
City of Bellevue Parks & Community Services?
Highland Community Center
Contact: Kim Indukar
Please note that this service leaves from Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club and bus shuttles will not be provided.
Special Thanks: The Holiday Cruise exists because of generous individual donors and our corporate partners: 76 Gasoline Stations, First Student, Argosy Cruises, and Virginia IV Foundation.
About the Seafair Foundation: The Seafair Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable partner of the Seafair Festival, empowers future leaders and connects our communities through educational and cultural experiences.