Christmas Ships Parade
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Willamette and Columbia rivers
Christmas Ship owners set sail along the Columbia and Willamette rivers for their 64th year of entertaining observers with colorful flotillas during the parade's 2018 holiday season.
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. 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. 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.