The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival has been a Northwest tradition since 1949. And for the past three years, the Parade of Boats has become a part of that legacy.

More than 50 decorated boats joined Argosy's fleet in the glittering procession this year. Each one decked out in twinkling lights creating a magical experience on the water and the shore.

While the boats made their way across Lake Union, dozens of people gathered at Evanston Plaza for the official viewing party. They watched as the vessels made their way through the Fremont Cut and were treated to a performance by the Dickens Carolers who were aboard the Spirit of Seattle, the official Argosy Christmas Ship.

The parade didn't just light up the water this year. Argosy Cruises asked each participating boat to donate to the Seattle Times Fund for the Needy raising nearly $1,500. The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy is an annual program that raises money for 12 charitable organizations in the Puget Sound area.

Don't forget to pick for your favorite boat this year. You can vote for the People's Choice award on Argosy's Facebook page.

The 2017 Christmas Ship Festival runs through December 23. For more information, click here.

This story is sponsored by Argosy Cruises.

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