Kick off the holiday season at Lake Union Park with MOHAI, the Center for Wooden Boats, and the Historic Ships Wharf. Share in family-friendly crafts and activities, then listen to festive music throughout the day. In the evening, watch the launch of the Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship Festival from the best spot on Lake Union.

Back by popular demand—Make and decorate a gingerbread house with the entire family during Greet the Season! All supplies, including a buffet of candy decorations, will be provided, and MOHAI staff and volunteers will be on-hand to assist.

Gingerbread workshops will take place from 10:30 am–12:30 pm & 1:30 pm–3:30 pm; Please register in advance; space is limited.
$20 members / $25 general public (per group) / Includes up to four participants and one house, $15 each for additional houses

Register to build a gingerbread house

The MOHAI Store is having a sale!
During Greet the Season weekend (Friday-Sunday), members receive 20% off, and the general public receive 15% off. Shop local at MOHAI!

Greet the Season Cost:
Free for Members
10 am–5 pm: Regular admission to museum
5 pm–8 pm Free admission to Grand Atrium (galleries closed)
Park activities free


  • All Day: Make snowflakes and luminaries in the Grand Atrium
  • 10:30 am & 1:30 pm: Gingerbread House decorating—Reservation recommended
  • 11 am & 3 pm: Living Voices performance of Klondike: The Last Adventure
  • 12 pm & 2 pm: Evergreen City Ballet performs The Nutcracker
  • 6 pm: Holiday concert with Miss Rose and Her Rhythm Percolators


Generous support provided by

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  • 12 pm–5 pm: Open ship


  • 12 pm–5 pm: Open ship, hot cider and holiday crafts


  • 11 am–2pm: Pond boat sailing with CWB at the Boat Pond
  • 7:15 pm: From the wharf, watch The Dickens Carolers perform on board the Argosy Christmas Ship Festival

This event is brought to you by Amazon, the Museum of History & Industry, The Center for Wooden Boats, The Steamer Virginia V Foundation, Northwest Seaport,Maritime Folknet, Discovery Modelers, and Argosy Cruises.