I did it!!! We went on December 3, 2012 on the waterways Holiday Parade of Lights and Festive Dinner Cruise on Lake Washington. My husband, my daughter and myself all dolled up in dressy attire, with my husband's tie even matching my daughter's dress. It was held on a beautiful yacht and all of the yacht was donned in Christmas decor both inside and out. Tastefully decorated in red and white with evergreen garland strung along the windows on each side of the ship. We sailed out at 5:00 p.m, where we shared a champagne toast and our daughter sipped hot chocolate topped with whipped cream. I was incredibly pleased because she is only 4 and she behaved herself beautifully during the 3 hours we were attending, even making herself a small celebrity among a large table of elderly ladies out for the evening celebration. She even hugged one woman and pulled up a chair and chatted with them as if they were old friends for a good half an hour!
Our dinner was very nice, the menu was as follows:
Served with rustic breads and whipped thyme butter
Chef’s Saladseasonal selection of greens tossed with a vinaigrette, spiced candied nuts, and Parmesan cheese
Roasted Corn Chowder
Oven-roasted Turkey Breastsmothered in fresh thyme, rosemary, and whole roasted garlic cloves, served with pan gravy and cranberry compote
Au Gratin Scalloped Red Potatoeswith smoked Tillamook cheddar and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Classic Holiday Stuffingmirepoix, fresh thyme, and sage
Green Beans Almandinefresh green beans with butter and slivered almonds
Classic Yam Casseroletopped with caramelized marshmallows and brown sugar
Apple Cobbler and Pumpkin Pieserved with whipped cream
The parade itself is a group of commercially and privately owned ships that are decorated with Christmas lights gliding across the water together where each ship gathered together for a show for all to see. We were serenaded by a live performance of Christmas carols from the Charles Dickens' choir, which was enjoyable even in the wind and rain that we stepped out onto the decks to observe. Our daughter was especially fond of the songs and seeing the other ships decorated so beautifully. What a great memory!