76 Seafair Holiday Cruise
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This heartwarming event takes to the water as independent boaters and charter operators volunteer their boats, crews and time to host approximately 1,500 intellectually disabled guests on a special holiday cruise on Lakes Union & Washington. Over 200 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 Safeway - Albertsons and 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 Holiday Cruise is a meaningful event for all who attend and as participation increases, we need your help to accommodate each guest. Join us as we spread holiday cheer throughout the community and make memories to last a lifetime!

Volunteer Your Time

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, December 7th, 9:00 am – noon for goody bag stuffing and for Sunday, December 8th for event set-up, guest assistance, hosting, and event tear-down. Shifts are 2:00 – 4:00 pm, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, and 1:00 – 6:00 pm.

If you are interested in volunteering, please click HERE

Volunteer Your Boat and Crew

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. Non-yacht club docks include:Lake Union Park, Ivar’s Salmon House, and Morrison’s North Star Marina.

CLICK HERE to complete the Volunteer Boater Registrations.

Guest Registration

Seafair & 76 encourage the participation of intellectually disabled guests in the 76 Seafair 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 to participate.

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

Guests using a wheelchair or seeking limited mobility accommodations please register through Friendship Adventures

Friendship Adventures

Contact: Maureen Browning
Email: maureen@friendshipadventures.org
Phone: 425.444.3132

Guests who are in need of shuttle transportation must register through Washington Vocational Services or Seattle Parks.

Washington Vocational Services

Contact: Janet Bruckshen
Email: jbruckshen@wvs.org
Phone: 425.405.3401/425.948.5225
Fax: 425.361.2065

Seattle Parks Department Specialized Programs

Contact: Tori Fernau
Email: tori.fernau@seattle.gov
Phone: 206.684.4950

Bellevue & Eastside

City of Bellevue Parks & Community Services
Highland Community Center
Contact: Mary Boyle
Email: MBoyle@bellevuewa.gov
Phone: 425.452.4118

*Please note that this service leaves from Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club and bus shuttles will not be provided.

About the Event

In addition to our boating guests, the 76 Seafair Holiday Cruise attracts thousands of land side 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

  • 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 and Rainier Yacht Club

Special Thanks: The Holiday Cruise exists because of generous individual donors and our corporate and community partners: 76 Gas, First Student, Virginia V Foundation, Safeway - Albertsons, The Boeing Company, Swedish, Honeybuckets, Seafair Boat Club

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.

Special thank you to our sponsors

76 Gasoline
Virginia V
Safeway / Albertsons
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