Christmas Ships Prepare To Parade

Photo: Ford, Brad

Photo: Christmas Ships

The Christmas Ships Parade will launch Friday December 1 and will run for 13 different nights through the month of December. See the full schedule and parade route details at The Christmas Ships Parade is a 100%, volunteer run 501(c)3 nonprofit featuring boats beautifully decorated with illuminated displays parading at night on the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. The Parade brings joy, builds community, celebrates the season, creating cherished memories. The Parade is free and there are many great viewing opportunities along the route. As well, there are many restaurants, hotels and businesses with wonderful views. Check the detail for each route on our webpage for suggestions. 

The Christmas Ships Parade started in 1954 and is the longest continuously operating illuminated boat parade in the US. During a typical year, the Parade travels approximately 345 nautical miles. Boats in the Parade range between 14 and 65 feet and include motor and sail boats. All Christmas Shippers are volunteer and receive no reimbursement, paying for all their own expenses

 Source: Christmas Ships

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