Christmas Ship Parade

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When
Dec. 5–22, 2019
Days vary, Times vary
Where
Willamette & Columbia Rivers
Portland
Oregon

The following description was submitted by the event organizer.

The Christmas Ship Parade started in 1954 with one lone sailboat from Portland Yacht Club. Bows of green with some ribbon where tied along the rails and it paraded on the rivers. The next year the parade started to grow  Today, the Christmas Ship Fleet averages about 55 to 60 boats between the Columbia and Willamette River fleets. Things have changed from the first lone ship. Now the displays are brightly lit and can be seen from bank to bank on each river.

The Portland tradition packs restaurants along the two rivers. Many reservations are made a year in advance. Many hotel rooms are booked by mid-summer. Corporation Christmas parties are scheduled around the Christmas Ship Parade schedule. By the thousands every night regardless of the weather Portland-Vancouver residents line the banks of both rivers to watch the parade. To show their appreciation for the all volunteer effort and the performance they give, many homes and cars along the way flash their porch and headlights as the fleet passes.

Upcoming Dates & Times

Dec. 5
7pm
Dec. 6
7pm
Dec. 7
6pm
Dec. 10
7pm
Dec. 11
7pm
Dec. 12
7pm
Dec. 13
7pm
Dec. 14
6pm
Dec. 15
4:30pm
Dec. 17
7pm
Dec. 18
7pm
Dec. 19
7pm
Dec. 20
7pm
Dec. 21
4:30pm
Dec. 21
8pm
Dec. 22
2pm
Ongoing
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