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Originally published November 24, 2011 at 12:06 AM | Page modified November 24, 2011 at 12:16 AM

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Whether the holidays find you humming 'It's the most wonderful time of the year' or muttering 'You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch,' we bet our 2011 Holiday Entertainment Guide has a thing or two that hits just the right note.

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Argosy Christmas Ship Schedule

Sat Special preview with the Northwest Boychoir begins at South Lake Union Park at 7 p.m., goes to the Museum of History & Industry/Montlake Cut (7:40-8 p.m.), returns to South Lake Union at 8:30 p.m.

Sun Special preview with the Northwest Girlchoir "Amore" begins at South Lake Union at 5 p.m., goes to the Seattle Tennis Club (5:50-6:10 p.m.), Seattle Yacht Club (6:55-7:15 p.m.), returns to South Lake Union at 7:45 p.m.

Dec. 1 Opening Ceremony at 6:30-7 p.m. at Kirkland Marina. Lead ship with the Con Brio Women's Choir begins at Kirkland Marina Park (7:05-7:25 p.m.), goes to Gas Works Park (8:20-8:40 p.m.), returns to Kirkland Marina at 9:30 p.m.

Dec. 2 Lead ship with the Dickens Carolers leaves Leschi at 7 p.m., goes to Gene Coulon Park (8-8:20 p.m.), Newcastle (8:50-9:10 p.m.), returns to Leschi at 9:40 p.m.

Dec. 3 (First Sailing) Lead ship with the Dickens Carolers leaves the Kirkland City Dock at 3:30 p.m., goes to Medina (4:10-4:30 p.m.), Houghton Beach (5:10-5:30 p.m.), returns to Kirkland City Dock at 5:40 p.m.

Dec. 3 (Second Sailing) Lead ship with the Dickens Carolers leaves Kirkland City Dock at 8 p.m., goes to Beaux Arts (8:45-9:05 p.m.), Madrona Beach Park (9:25-9:45 p.m.), returns to Kirkland dock at 10:30 p.m.

Dec. 4 Lead ship with the Dickens Carolers leaves the Leschi Marina at 5 p.m., goes to Ferdinand Street (5:40-6 p.m.), Stan Sayres Park (6:15-6:35 p.m.), Mount Baker Beach (6:45-7:05), returns to Leschi Marina at 7:20 p.m.

Dec. 5 Lead ship with the Choir of the Sound leaves Leschi Marina at 7 p.m., goes to Pritchard Beach (7:50-8:10 p.m.), Seward Park (8:25-8:45 p.m.), returns to Leschi Marina at 9:30 p.m.

Dec. 6 Lead ship with the St. Martin's University Chorale begins at the Tacoma Glass Museum (7-7:20 p.m.), goes to Gig Harbor (8:30-8:50 p.m.), returns to Tacoma Glass Museum at 9:45 p.m.

Dec. 7 Lead ship with the Dickens Carolers leaves Shilshole Bay Marina at 7 p.m., goes to the Ballard Locks (8:10-8:30 p.m.), Golden Gardens Park (9:05-9:25 p.m.), returns to Shilshole Bay Marina at 9:45 p.m.

Dec. 8 Lead ship with the Rainier Youth Choir leaves the Des Moines Marina at 7 p.m., goes to Brown's Point (7:55-8:15 p.m.), Redondo Beach (8:50-9:10 p.m.), returns to Des Moines Marina at 9:35 p.m.

Dec. 9 Lead ship with the Dickens Carolers leaves Pier 55 at 7 p.m., goes to Manchester City Park (8:05-8:25 p.m.), Olympic Sculpture Park (9:15-9:35 p.m.), returns to Pier 55 at 9:45 p.m.

Dec. 10 (First Sailing) Lead ship with the Dickens Carolers leaves Pier 55 at 4 p.m., goes to Pier 66 (4:10-4:30 p.m.), Seacrest Park (5:15-5:35 p.m.), returns to Pier 55 at 6 p.m.

Dec. 10 (Second Sailing) Lead ship with the Dickens Carolers leaves Pier 55 at 8 p.m., goes to Lowman Beach (8:50-9:10 p.m.), Alki Beach (9:40-10 p.m.), returns to Pier 55 at 10:20 p.m.

Dec. 11 Lead ship with the Dickens Carolers leaves Pier 55 at 5 p.m., goes to Carkeek Park (6-6:20 p.m.), goes to Blue Ridge (6:30-6:50 p.m.), returns to Pier 55 at 7:50 p.m.

Dec. 12 Lead ship with Soundwave leaves Pier 55 at 6:30 p.m., goes to Winslow Waterfront Beach (7:30-7:50 p.m.), Don Armeni Boat Ramp (8:40-9 p.m.), returns to Pier 55 at 9:20 p.m.

Dec. 13 Lead ship with the Everett Chorale begins at the Edmonds Marina (7-7:30 p.m.), goes to Richmond Beach/Saltwater Park (8:20-8:40 p.m.), returns to the Edmonds Marina at 9:10 p.m.

Dec. 14 Lead ship with the North Kitsap Northern Lights begins in the Poulsbo Marina (7-7:20 p.m.), goes to the Keyport, Kitsap County (7:45-8:05 p.m.), Lemolo (8:20-8:35 p.m.), returns to the Poulsbo Marina at 9 p.m.

Dec. 15 Lead ship with the Dickens Carolers begins at the Des Moines waterfront (7-7:30 p.m.), goes to Dash Point (8:10-8:30 p.m.), returns to Des Moines waterfront at 9:15 p.m.

Dec. 16 Lead ship with the Dickens Carolers leaves the Leschi Marina at 7 p.m., goes to Mercer Island Beach Club (7:55-8:15 p.m.), Newport Yacht Club (8:45-9:05 p.m.), returns to the Leschi Marina at 9:35 p.m.

Dec. 17 (First Sailing) Lead ship with the Dickens Carolers begins at Kirkland's Marina Park (3:45-4:15 p.m.), goes to Madison Park (4:55-5:15 p.m.), returns to the Kirkland Marina Park at 5:55 p.m.

Dec. 17 (Second Sailing) Lead ship with the Dickens Carolers leaves Kirkland City Dock at 8 p.m., goes to Sheridan Beach Club (8:55-9:15 p.m.), Matthews Beach (9:45-10:05 p.m.), returns to Kirkland City Dock at 10:30 p.m.

Dec. 18 Lead ship with the Dickens Carolers leaves the Kirkland City Dock at 5 p.m., goes to Tracy Owen Station (6-6:20 p.m.), Juanita Beach Park (7-7:20 p.m.), returns to the Kirkland City Dock at 7:40 p.m.

Dec. 19 Lead ship with the Dickens Carolers leaves the Kirkland City Dock at 6:30 p.m., goes to O.O. Denny Park (7-7:20 p.m.), Laurelhurst Beach Club (8-8:20 p.m.), returns to Kirkland City Dock at 8:45 p.m.

Dec. 20 Lead ship with the Dickens Carolers leaves the Kirkland City Dock at 6:30 p.m., goes to Carillon Point (6:45-7:05 p.m.), Meydenbauer Bay (7:45-8:05 p.m.), returns to Kirkland City Dock at 8:55 p.m.

Dec. 21 Lead ship with the Dickens Carolers leaves the Kirkland City Dock at 6:30 p.m., goes to Lake Forest Civic Club (7:25-7:45 p.m.), Magnuson Beach (8:20-8:40 p.m.), returns to Kirkland City Dock at 9 p.m.

Dec. 22 Lead ship with the Dickens Carolers leaves the Kirkland City Dock at 7 p.m., goes to Luther Burbank Park (7:50-8:10 p.m.), Yarrow Point Beach (8:50-9:10 p.m.), returns to Kirkland City Dock at 9:30 p.m.

Dec. 23 (First Sailing) Lead ship with the Dickens Carolers leaves the Kirkland City Dock at 3:30 p.m., goes to Matthews Beach (4-4:20 p.m.), Waverly Beach (5-5:20 p.m.), returns to Kirkland City Dock at 5:40 p.m.

Dec. 23 (Second Sailing) Lead ship with Seattle Girls' Choir "Prime Voci" leaves the Kirkland City Dock at 8 p.m., goes to Portage Bay-West Montlake Park (8:45-9:05 p.m.), Gas Works (9:45-10:05 p.m.), returns to Kirkland City Dock at 11:05 p.m.

Other cruises

Seafair Special People's

Holiday Cruise

Dec. 4 Boat owners and charter operators volunteer their boats to host 2,000 developmentally disabled adults for a lighted holiday cruise on Lake Union and Lake Washington (and Bremerton, Tacoma and Olympia), 3:30 p.m., South Lake Union, 901 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle (206-728-0123 or www.seafair.com).

Chet Gibson Memorial Cruise

Dec. 9 A parade of lighted boats starts in Lake Union at 6 p.m., goes to Webster Point (7 p.m.), Leschi Park (7:25 p.m.), Meydenbauer Bay (8:20 p.m.), returns to Webster Point at 9 p.m. (206-709-2000 or www.queencity.org).

Dec. 10 A parade of lighted boats starts in Lake Union at 6 p.m., goes to Webster Point (7 p.m.), Cozy Cove (7:40 p.m.), Kirkland (8:10 p.m.), Mathews Beach (8:40 p.m.), Sand Point (9 p.m.), returns to Webster Point at 9:30 p.m. (206-709-2000 or www.queencity.org).

Poulsbo Yacht Club

Lighted Boat Parade

Dec. 16 Begins at the Poulsbo Yacht Club at 7:15 p.m., goes to the City Marina, the southwest side of Liberty Bay, to Keyport, returning via Lemolo Shores and the northeast side of Liberty Bay and ending at approximately 9 p.m. (360-779-3116 or www.membermanager.net/poulsboyc).

Dec. 17 Begins off Manzanita at 6 p.m., goes up the west side of Bainbridge through Agate pass, then to Port Madison and into the bay at 7:30 p.m., returning to the Suquamish dock and down the west side of Agate pass around Point Bolin at approximately 9:15 p.m. (360-779-3116 or www.membermanager.net/poulsboyc).

Gig Harbor Yacht Club

Lighted Boat Parade

Dec. 10 Holiday-decorated boat parade around Gig Harbor Bay, 5 p.m., Gig Harbor Town Dock, Gig Harbor (253-851-1807 or www.gigharborguide.com).

Compiled by Doug Knoop

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