2017 Portland Christmas Ships Parade Schedule + Viewing Locations | Pictures, 60+ Boats, Columbia & Willamette Rivers

One of Portland’s favorite holiday events, the Christmas Ships Parade, starts its 63rd season December 1 and runs through December 21. The video above was shot a few years back and gives you an idea of how spectacular this event is.



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Portland Christmas Ships Parade Schedule & Info:

From Website:
Portland Christmas Ships Parade
December 1-21, 2017
No Ships on the 11-12, 18
More info at christmasships.org

Now that fall has officially arrived, it’s time to start thinking about the 2017 Christmas Ships 63rd season. We’ll be parading for 15 nights in December, starting on the 1st and ending on the 21st.

The boats, 14 to 65 feet long, are brightly decorated for the holiday season. The ships draw thousands of residents each night to the banks of the rivers for their performances. Up to 60 holiday boats are expected to make up the two fleets.

The privately owned vessels come from Portland, Vancouver, McMinnville, Salem and Hood River areas. Some of the ships owners have been part of Christmas tradition for more than 30 years with many being part of the Christmas Ship fleet for over 20 years. Each skipper is responsible for their own expenses, including fuel and insurance for their vessels over the two weeks. This can run into the hundreds of dollars, which in itself is a testament to the dedication and enthusiasm the Christmas Ship skippers bring to the organization, and the community. The organization accepts donations to help cover the cost of maintaining, managing and promoting the organization, but none of these donations go to the skippers, their crews, or their boats. Christmas Ships, Inc. is an all-volunteer organization, with no paid staff or officers, just a large group of friendly individual volunteers/skippers who give back to the community they love. And with this being the 60th Anniversary of the Christmas Ships Parade, there is no doubt the skippers will go all out to make this one very special year.

Click here for 2017 Columbia River Parade Schedule

Click here for 2017 Willamette River Parade Schedule

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