2015 Portland Christmas Ships Parade Schedule + Viewing Locations | Pictures, 60+ Boats, Columbia & Willamette Rivers



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One of Portland’s favorite holiday events, the Christmas Ships Parade, starts its 61st season December 5 and runs through December 20. The video above was shot a few years back and gives you an idea of how spectacular this event is.

Portland Christmas Ships Parade Schedule & Info:

From Website:
Portland Christmas Ships Parade
December 4-20, 2015
More info at christmasships.org

The Christmas Ship Parade will open their 61st season on Friday, December 4th, in a combined fleet cruise down the Columbia River’s North Portland Harbor, this being an up-close and personal cruise in close proximity to the floating homes and marinas that line the inside of Hayden Island.

Many restaurants and hotels along the Columbia and Willamette rivers are already taking reservations with nights already booked for some evenings.

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.

2015 Columbia River Parade Schedule

Friday, Dec. 4th – North Portland Harbor – 7:00PM – Combined Fleet

At 7:00PM, the combined fleet will assemble in the area of the James. M Gleason boat ramp, (NE 43rd/Marine Dr), and then head downriver to North Portland Harbor. North Portland Harbor is located on the Oregon side of Hayden Island.

Additional information, restaurants and outdoor viewing locations


Saturday, Dec. 5th – Camas/Washougal – 6:00PM – Combined Fleet

At 6:00PM, the combined fleet will assemble in front of the Port of Camas/Washougal and parade in the area of the docks for about an hour.  The fleet will then parade downriver on the Washington side of the river to the Portland area before dispersing.

Additional information, restaurants and outdoor viewing locations


 

Sunday, Dec. 6th – No Parade This Evening

 


Monday, Dec. 7th – I-5 Bridge area / Hayden Bay – 7:00PM

At 7:00PM, the Columbia Fleet assembles in front of James M. Gleason Boat Ramp, 43rd/NE Marine Drive and turns at the east end of the parking lot to head downriver to the I-5 Bridge Area including Grandma’s Cove, arriving at approximately 7:30 PM at Beaches, and Hayden Bay approximately 8:45 PM.

Additional information, restaurants and outdoor viewing locations


Tuesday, Dec. 8th – James Gleason Boat Ramp/WA Shores/Wintler Park/I-5 Bridge area – 7:00PM

At 7:00PM, the Columbia Fleet assembles in front of James M. Gleason Boat Ramp, 43rd/NE Marine Drive and remains for about the first half hour, then heads across the river to the Washington Shoreline until about 8pm.  Then heads downriver to the I-5 Bridge Area, arriving at approximately 8:15 PM.

Additional information, restaurants and outdoor viewing locations


Wnesday, Dec. 9th – North Portland Harbor – 7:00PM

At 7:00PM, the Columbia fleet will assemble in the area of the James. M Gleason boat ramp, (NE 43rd/Marine Dr), and then head downriver to North Portland Harbor. North Portland Harbor is located on the Oregon side of Hayden Island.

Additional information, restaurants and outdoor viewing locations


Thursday, Dec. 10th – I-5 Bridge area / Hayden Bay – 7:00PM

At 7:00PM, the Columbia Fleet assembles in front of James M. Gleason Boat Ramp, 43rd/NE Marine Drive and turns at the east end of the parking lot to head downriver to the I-5 Bridge Area including Grandma’s Cove, arriving at approximately 7:30 PM at Beaches, and Hayden Bay approximately 8:45 PM.

Additional information, restaurants and outdoor viewing locations


Friday, Dec. 11th – I-205 Bridge/Steamboat Landing/164th Street/WA side – 7:00PM

At 7:00PM the Columbia Fleet assembles in front of James M. Gleason Boat Ramp, 43rd/NE Marine Drive and departs upriver to the I-205 Bridge area by Steamboat Landing and up to about the 164th St. location before turning downriver.

Additional information, restaurants and outdoor viewing locations


Saturday, Dec. 12th – St Helens, Columbia City, Columbia Riverfront RV Park (WA side) – 6:00PM – Combined Fleet

At 6:00PM, both fleets will assemble at the St. Helens City Docks and head downriver to Columbia City, and weather/river conditions permitting crosses to the WA side and the Columbia Riverfront RV Park, then returns to St. Helens City Docks. The fleet is out about two hours. Ships remain overnight at St. Helens City Docks and leave Sunday for the trip up Multnomah Channel.

Additional information, restaurants and outdoor viewing locations


Sunday, Dec. 13th – Scappoose/Multnomah Channel – 4:30PM – Combined Fleet

The combined Willamette and Columbia fleets will depart from Coon Island at 4:30pm and arrive in the Scappoose area at approximately 5:00pm. They will travel up the Multnomah Channel to the Fred’s Marina area. This is a long run with the ships arriving at Fred’s Marina at approximately 8:30pm. From there, the fleet will disperse to their respective moorages.

Additional information and viewing locations


 

Monday, Dec 14th – No Parade this evening

 


Tuesday, Dec. 15th – I-5 Bridge area / Hayden Bay – 7:00PM

At 7:00PM, the Columbia Fleet assembles in front of James M. Gleason Boat Ramp, 43rd/NE Marine Drive and turns at the east end of the parking lot to head downriver to the I-5 Bridge Area including Grandma’s Cove, arriving at approximately 7:30 PM at Beaches, and Hayden Bay approximately 8:45 PM.

Additional information, restaurants and outdoor viewing locations


Wednesday, Dec. 16th – James Gleason Boat Ramp/WA Shores/Wintler Park/I-5 Bridge area – 7:00PM

At 7:00PM, the Columbia Fleet assembles in front of James M. Gleason Boat Ramp, 43rd/NE Marine Drive and remains for about the first half hour, then heads across the river to the Washington Shoreline until about 8pm.  Then heads downriver to the I-5 Bridge Area, arriving at approximately 8:15 PM.

Additional information, restaurants and outdoor viewing locations


Thursday, Dec. 17th – I-5 Bridge area / Hayden Bay – 7:00PM

At 7:00PM, the Columbia Fleet assembles in front of James M. Gleason Boat Ramp, 43rd/NE Marine Drive and turns at the east end of the parking lot to head downriver to the I-5 Bridge Area including Grandma’s Cove, arriving at approximately 7:30 PM at Beaches, and Hayden Bay approximately 8:45 PM.

Additional information, restaurants and outdoor viewing locations


Friday, Dec. 18th – North Portland Harbor – 7:00PM

At 7:00PM, the fleet will assemble in the area of the James. M Gleason boat ramp, (NE 43rd/Marine Dr), and then head downriver to North Portland Harbor. North Portland Harbor is located on the Oregon side of Hayden Island.

Additional information, restaurants and outdoor viewing locations


Saturday, Dec. 19th – Lake Oswego – 5:30PM – Combined Fleet

From 3 – 5:30pm, there will be a “Meet & Greet” with the Christmas Ships captains at Riverplace Marina (downtown Portland).  Come say hello, take a look at the boats up close, or  take some pictures with us.  Santa will be there!  At 5:30PM, both fleets will leave RiverPlace Marina headed to Lake Oswego, arriving about 6:45P – 7:00, subject to weather and river conditions. The ships will go as far as George Rogers Park and turn back to Portland.

Restaurant, hotel and outdoor viewing locations, maps and further details


Sunday, Dec. 20th – RiverPlace/John’s Landing/St. John’s Bridge – 5:00PM – Combined Fleet

At 5:00PM, the Willamette and Columbia Fleets assemble in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland). The parade will begin in the OMSI/Riverplace area and proceed upstream to the Spaghetti Factory before heading downriver to St. John’s arriving at approximately 6:30 PM and remain in the area for about 30 minutes. The parade will then continue on to the Columbia River and each boat owners home port. The arrival times are dependent upon bridge openings that are beyond the control of the Christmas Ships.  Please check our Twitter feed for updates to our time and location.

Restaurant, hotel and outdoor viewing locations, maps and further details

2015 Willamette River Parade Schedule

Friday, Dec. 4th – North Portland Harbor – 7:00PM – Combined Fleet

At 7:00PM, the combined fleet will assemble in the area of the James. M Gleason boat ramp, (NE 43rd/Marine Dr), and then head downriver to North Portland Harbor. North Portland Harbor is located on the Oregon side of Hayden Island.

Additional information, restaurants and outdoor viewing locations


Saturday, Dec. 5th – Camas/Washougal – 6:00PM – Combined Fleet

At 6:00PM, the combined fleet will assemble in front of the Port of Camas/Washougal and parade in the area of the docks for about an hour.  The fleet will then parade downriver on the Washington side of the river to the Portland area before dispersing.

Additional information, restaurants and outdoor viewing locations


Sunday, Dec. 6th – No Parade This Evening


Monday, Dec. 7th – Milwaukie – 7:00PM

The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland) at 7:00PM and travels upriver to the area of the Milwaukie Boat Ramp. The fleet will arrive about 7:45PM and about 8:15P the fleet turns downriver and returns to RiverPlace Marina. On the nights that Oregon Yacht Club is listed, the fleet will go in below Oaks Park and in front of the floating homes on the way back to RiverPlace.

Restaurants and hotel links, outdoor viewing locations and further details


Tuesday, Dec. 8th – OMSI to Fremont Bridge – 7:00PM

At 7:00PM, the Willamette Fleet assembles in front of Riverplace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland). The parade will begin in the OMSI/Riverplace area before heading upstream to the Spaghetti Factory then head downriver to the area of the Fremont Bridge  The fleet will go under the bridge and then return to Riverplace Marina. The fleet will be out for about two hours.

Restaurant and hotel links, outdoor viewing location and further details


Wnesday, Dec. 9th – Milwaukie – 7:00PM

The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland) at 7:00PM and travels upriver to the area of the Milwaukie Boat Ramp. The fleet will arrive about 7:45PM and about 8:15P the fleet turns downriver and returns to RiverPlace Marina. On the nights that Oregon Yacht Club is listed, the fleet will go in below Oaks Park and in front of the floating homes on the way back to RiverPlace.

Restaurants and hotel links, outdoor viewing locations and further details


Thursday, Dec. 10th – OMSI to Fremont Bridge – 7:00PM

At 7:00PM, the Willamette Fleet assembles in front of Riverplace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland). The parade will begin in the OMSI/Riverplace area before heading upstream to the Spaghetti Factory then head downriver to the area of the Fremont Bridge  The fleet will go under the bridge and then return to Riverplace Marina. The fleet will be out for about two hours.

Restaurant and hotel links, outdoor viewing location and further details


Friday, Dec. 11th – Milwaukie, Oregon Yacht Club – 7:00PM

The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland) at 7:00PM and travels upriver to the area of the Milwaukie Boat Ramp. The fleet will arrive about 7:45PM and about 8:15P the fleet turns downriver and returns to RiverPlace Marina. On the nights that Oregon Yacht Club is listed, the fleet will go in below Oaks Park and in front of the floating homes on the way back to RiverPlace.

Restaurants and hotel links, outdoor viewing locations and further details


Saturday, Dec. 12th – St Helens, Columbia City, Columbia Riverfront RV Park (WA side) – 6:00PM – Combined Fleet

At 6:000PM, both fleets will assemble at the St. Helens City Docks and head downriver to Columbia City, and weather/river conditions permitting crosses to the WA side and the Columbia Riverfront RV Park, then returns to St. Helens City Docks. The fleet is out about two hours. Ships remain overnight at St. Helens City Docks and leave Sunday for the trip up Multnomah Channel.

Restaurants, outdoor viewing locations and further details


Sunday, Dec. 13th – Scappoose/Multnomah Channel – 4:30PM – Combined Fleet

The combined Willamette and Columbia fleets will depart from Coon Island at 4:30pm and arrive in the Scappoose area at approximately 5:00pm. They will travel up the Multnomah Channel to the Fred’s Marina area. This is a long run with the ships arriving at Fred’s Marina at approximately 8:30pm. From there, the fleet will disperse to their respective moorages.

Additional information and viewing locations


Monday, Dec 14th – No Parade this evening


Tuesday, Dec. 15th – OMSI to Fremont Bridge – 7:00PM

At 7:00PM, the Willamette Fleet assembles in front of Riverplace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland). The parade will begin in the OMSI/Riverplace area before heading upstream to the Spaghetti Factory then head downriver to the area of the Fremont Bridge  The fleet will go under the bridge and then return to Riverplace Marina. The fleet will be out for about two hours.

Restaurant and hotel links, outdoor viewing location and further details


Wednesday, Dec. 16th – Milwaukie – 7:00PM

The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland) at 7:00PM and travels upriver to the area of the Milwaukie Boat Ramp. The fleet will arrive about 7:45PM and about 8:15P the fleet turns downriver and returns to RiverPlace Marina. On the nights that Oregon Yacht Club is listed, the fleet will go in below Oaks Park and in front of the floating homes on the way back to RiverPlace.

Restaurants and hotel links, outdoor viewing locations and further details


Thursday, Dec. 17th – OMSI to Fremont Bridge – 7:00PM

At 7:00PM, the Willamette Fleet assembles in front of Riverplace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland). The parade will begin in the OMSI/Riverplace area before heading upstream to the Spaghetti Factory then head downriver to the area of the Fremont Bridge  The fleet will go under the bridge and then return to Riverplace Marina. The fleet will be out for about two hours.

Restaurant and hotel links, outdoor viewing location and further details


Friday, Dec. 18th – Milwaukie, Oregon Yacht Club – 7:00PM

The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland) at 7:00PM and travels upriver to the area of the Milwaukie Boat Ramp. The fleet will arrive about 7:45PM and about 8:15P the fleet turns downriver and returns to RiverPlace Marina. On the nights that Oregon Yacht Club is listed, the fleet will go in below Oaks Park and in front of the floating homes on the way back to RiverPlace.

Restaurants and hotel links, outdoor viewing locations and further details


Saturday, Dec. 19th – Lake Oswego – 5:30PM – Combined Fleet

From 3 – 5:30pm, there will be a “Meet & Greet” with the Christmas Ships captains at Riverplace Marina (downtown Portland).  Come say hello, take a look at the boats up close, or  take some pictures with us.  Santa will be there!  At 5:30PM, both fleets will leave RiverPlace Marina headed to Lake Oswego, arriving about 6:45P – 7:00, subject to weather and river conditions. The ships will go as far as George Rogers Park and turn back to Portland.

Restaurant, hotel and outdoor viewing locations, maps and further details


Sunday, Dec. 20th – RiverPlace/John’s Landing/St. John’s Bridge – 5:00PM – Combined Fleet

At 5:00PM, the Willamette and Columbia Fleets assemble in front of RiverPlace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland). The parade will begin in the OMSI/Riverplace area and proceed upstream to the Spaghetti Factory before heading downriver to St. John’s arriving at approximately 6:30 PM and remain in the area for about 30 minutes. The parade will then continue on to the Columbia River and each boat owners home port. The arrival times are dependent upon bridge openings that are beyond the control of the Christmas Ships. Please check our Twitter feed for updates to our time and location.

Restaurant, hotel and outdoor viewing locations, maps and further details

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