Ships come sailing in for Christmas

December 12, 2012 by  

The Christmas Ship Parade is in its 58th year and provides families with a chance to see the Christmas Ship Fleet with approximately 60 boats travel along the Willamette and Columbia Rivers in the Portland area. Both fleets run nightly until December and present an extremely beautiful light display for people to view. This event may have been advertised by digital flyer printing and poster printing services, although it will come to a conclusion tomorrow, December 21.

For the Christmas Ship Parade each boat owner puts together their own design and builds a lighted Christmas display, while also covering the operating expenses for fuel. The performance appears nightly, unless bad weather prevents it.

Many of the boats are decorated with green bows, ribbons, and bright lights that reflect upon the water as they cruise along. No matter which evening the boats appear, hundreds of people line the waterways to see them pass by. For most boat owners, this has become an annual family tradition, offering people a chance to see the boats in their full glory. On the North Portland Harbor run, the boats leave the James. M. Gleason boat ramp and arrive in the North Portland Harbour at Hayden Island, Oregon Side.

This Christmas Ship Parade is organized and operated by volunteers so, although there is no admission, donations are gladly accepted. The Christmas Parade will be passing into North Portland Harbor on Friday, December 21, starting at 7:00 pm at NE 43rd, Marine Drive and arriving back at the North Portland Harbour at 1231 N. Anchor Way, in Portland, Oregon, just a short drive from Oregon City. To check the nightly schedule, please visit the Christmas Ship Parade website or call its office using the number on the website.