One of my favorite traditions during the stormy, dark and wet winters in Seattle are the fleets of Christmas ships that bring light to lake front beaches all around the city. On the nights when they don’t come to a beach near you, you’ll oftentimes see them travelling to their scheduled destinations.
Once the schedule is published everyone marks their calendars for the evening when the ships come to a nearby beach. Traditionally, a bon fire is built on the beach and hot cocoa is served. Gradually, the beaches fill with kids and adults, and then the boats arrive.
From beaches and docks, people enjoy the music from local choral groups singing on board the boats, their bright, clear voices match the crisp winter air. Last night was the first night of the boat tours. As the season develops, an entourage of private boats, fully decorated, start to follow along and add color to this spectacular, melodic and reflective light show on the water.
I’m not quite ready to go “full throttle” into the holidays.
Next week, what do you think about going back to the ranch? I hoping you’ll enjoy an insider’s perspective; and maybe you’ll take away some things to help you to navigate the holidays feeling healthier and happier.
I Dream Of says
Emily, I think I need to go back to the Ranch right now! I'm still stuffed!
I love seeing the Christmas ships bobbing along on Lake Washington — there are always a few ship viewing parties on our schedule…starting with Mount Baker this Sunday. Can't wait!
Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!
What a lovely beautiful tradition!! We got our lights up already so it's a step in the right direction!!
Splendid Market says
On the house or on the lake, bright lights this time of year always look so pretty! Jeanne, can't wait to hear a little about Espana! Welcome home.
red ticking says
so excited to see the boats… running to leschi friday night! would love to see you… i am in and out of town all month… will be at the store all week… xoxo
Hey Seattle Girls – we moved from Tacoma a few years ago and loved the boat parade there. Now in "The OC" we have Dana Point Harbor and Newport – even festive when the cold night air is above 60.
Gawd I miss weather!
Thank you Emily for your recipes – I go to you now, even before my cookbook collection. Cheers!
What a great Christmas tradition. Those ships are stunning. Hope you enjoy every bit of the holidays.
xo E + J