Whether you are aboard or watching from shore, the Argosy Christmas Ships will spice up the season.

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Northwesterners love boating. And holiday traditions. Put the two together and what do you get? The Argosy Christmas Ships, which ply Puget Sound, Lake Washington and Lake Union. This year, they set sail at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, from South Lake Union, and sail nearly every every night of the week through Dec. 23.

Reserve a spot on a light-bedecked Argosy ship and settle in to hear live music on board during the cruises, which last nearly three hours. Or join the floating parade with your own decorated boat.

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You don’t have to be on the water to join in. You can greet the ships at one of the many beaches they visit along the way — some locales offer bonfires. You can hear the music piped from the ships on shore.

From Shilshole to Dash Point, Kirkland to Pier 55, the ships visit many waterfront communities, with more than two dozen sailings in all; tickets are $13.50-$59, and vary by boat and date. Info: 888-623-1445 or argosycruises.com.