Come to the waterfront for the Christmas Ships

We have volunteer staff to man the stations, but always welcome anyone that would like to help
By Pat Ratliff | Nov 29, 2012
Photo by: Tom Dockins Tom Dockins, James Burow, Thayer Cueter (Frog Lady), Carolyn Hart-Mylie and Bob Gutcheck are readying the Just Frogs Toads Too Amphibian Center for the Christmas Ships celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Argosy Cruise Christmas Ships have been docking at Edmond's Pier for 63 years in celebration of the Christmas holiday.

This parade of big, lighted ships with choral groups aboard and a flotilla of decorated boats visit different ports every night of the holiday season.

They will be doing so again this year, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, with the ship’s arrival in Edmonds expected at about 7-7:30 p.m.

For those participating in the celebration, either by riding the ships or coming to the waterfront to enjoy the caroling, Just Frogs Toads Too Amphibian Center is holding a “Frogs of Folly” open house at the amphibian center, at the Edmonds Fishing Pier, 300 Admiral Way Suite 104, Edmonds.

The open house runs from 5-8 p.m. “Hop in” and keep warm while waiting for your ship to arrive.

Hot beverages, cookies and candy canes will be available. The Waterfront Café is providing coffee for the night as well.

In 2011, because of budget cuts, the City of Edmonds and Parks and Recreation dropped their support in hosting the arrival of the ships.

Just Frogs Toads Too Amphibian Center, located adjacent to the pier, has stepped up over the last three years with the help of donations of cookies, candy canes, cider and coffee.

“This event is the only winter waterfront event Edmonds has to offer our local families,” Just Frogs founder and President Thayer Cueter said.

“We are looking to seek other participants in making this a bigger and better event as we attempt to build our waterfront activities here in Edmonds.”

Cueter notes that, depending on the weather, they’ve had some 300-500 people show up for previous Christmas Ship events.

She has also requested the presence of a certain Santa Frog to greet the children. Photos of children with Santa Frog will be available.

But the financial toll in sponsoring this event is heavy. Cueter thanks the other local businesses that have helped, and welcomes others to step up, either by sponsorship or donations, including in-kind (product); all are appreciated.

The following list of supplies are what the amphibian center  usually provides:

  • Costs for product and rentals – $500-$800 in past years;
  • All tables and linens  (6-8, 6-foot tables);
  • Holiday decorations, lights and electrical;
  • Hot coffee, cider (creamer and sugar, and rental service equipment;
  • Cookies – on platters;
  • Candy canes – in baskets;
  • Cups and napkins.


The Christmas Ship schedule is:


Tuesday, Dec. 4.

CHOIR: Shorewood High School Choir - After Hours

Depart/Return: Edmonds, 7-9:10 p.m.

7:10-7:30 Edmonds Fishing Pier

8:20-8:40 Richmond Beach


“We have volunteer staff to man the stations, but always welcome anyone that would like to help,” Cueter said.

Please contact Thayer Cueter at 206-618-7232 or email to for further information on how you can support this event.

The complete schedule and the various viewing points for the concerts are on the website,, or call 206-623-1445 to make a reservation.



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