SEATTLE (October 9, 2017) –  The quaint and artistic seaside town of Langley, WA (pop. 1,100) is gearing up for Christmas in a big way this holiday season with the launch of the inaugural Clipper Vacations’ Christmas By the Sea day trip excursion from Seattle.

Featured on Saturdays and Sundays throughout December, the excursion features a fun and festive cruise direct from Pier 69 aboard the San Juan Clipper high-speed catamaran to Langley on Whidbey Island. On the one hour and fifteen-minute cruise, guests will enjoy holiday lights, music and decorations along with a special onboard holiday menu of local pastries, coffee and mulled cider.

“Last spring, more than 2,000 Seattleites joined us on our gray whale watching excursion with a stopover in Langley,” said David Gudgel, CEO of Clipper. “We want to provide another unique opportunity for locals to have a quick and easy escape with family and friends to enjoy all that Langley has to offer, without having to worry about the drive.”

As passengers set foot in Langley, they’ll have four hours to explore the town and experience the Christmas by the Sea theme. From live music and caroling along Main Street to Christmas gift shopping at boutiques and art galleries to beer and wine tasting and even a themed photo booth, Langley will be alive with holiday spirit.

“The holidays are all about the opportunity to gather with friends, co-workers and family to embrace the spirit of the season,” said Langley Mayor Tim Callison. “We look forward to creating a fun and authentic holiday experience with Clipper that offers Seattle residents the opportunity to enjoy a quick and relaxing escape from the city while doing some local holiday shopping at the same time.”

Clipper’s Christmas by the Sea Day Trip to Langley is available December 2, 3, 9, 10, 17 and 23. Rates start from $64 per adult and $50 for children under age 12. The city of Langley will also feature a special Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 2. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 800-888-2535 or visit

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About Clipper

Clipper, operator of Clipper Vacations, is well known as the travel experts for the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. Since 1986, Clipper has provided transportation, tours and accommodation packages for more than eight million customers. Clipper offers opportunities to experience picturesque and popular destinations, such as: Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, San Juan Island, Whistler, Portland and Vancouver Island.

About Langley, WA

Langley Washington is commonly referred to as The Village by the Sea. Langley enjoys breathtaking views of Saratoga Passage and the Cascade Mountain Range. Langley has become a destination point for those looking to see Orca Whales in their natural habitat. Langley is also known as a premiere Bald Eagle viewing area. The City of Langley has been listed in multiple national publications and is a recommended destination point for travel aficionados the world over.

Christmas By the Sea Trip Itinerary:

  • 10:45 am – 11:15 am Boarding San Juan Clipper at Pier 69 downtown Seattle
  • 11:30 am Depart Seattle
  • 11:30 am – 12:45 pm Cruise to Langley
  • 12:45 pm Arrive Langley, Whidbey Island
  • 4:45 pm Depart Langley
  • 6:00 pm Arrive Seattle

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