Looking Forward to Our 60th Anniversary

2014 will mark the 60th anniversary of Portland's Christmas Ships Parade. Last year we had 59 ships registered for the year's event, of which seven of those were new skippers, and at least eight were skippers that have been participating for more than 20 consecutive years. We had ships over 50' long, and ships that pushed 18' in length with all the enthusiasm of full size cruise ships. We did not lack for diversity in our fleet, nor for the true can-do spirit that makes this the most amazing Christmas Ships parade in all of the world. Our 60th Anniversary year should see a continued enthusiasm for providing one of the Portland area's most enduring events.


The weather during the Christmas Ships Parade, at times, provides quite a challenge to the fleet. It is only through the sheer dedication of the intrepid captains of all these wonderful ships that the fleet can overcome all but the most severe weather. The fleet is much like the post office, they'll be there through rain, snow, and of course, dark of night, all because these skippers love what they do and love being part of such a great tradition. Being the 60th Anniversary makes it even more so.


The increase contact we see through the web page here, as well as through our Facebook page and Twitter feed, further cement the incredible interest shown for this event. Christmas Ships Parade fans not only show up to visit us in all sorts of weather, but they're actively involved in communicating with the leadership, sharing pictures and videos, making donations, and offering suggestions on how we can better serve our fans. You support is invaluable, and we thank you for all you do for us.


The 2014, 60th Anniversay, Christmas Ships Parade season will soon be upon us. Already, Christmas Ship Skippers are planning their decorations for the year. You too can be a part of this wonderful tradition, taking part in something special to many men, women and children of the greater Portland/Vancouver area. Just click on the "Join Us > Benefits" menu to find out why you should become a Christmas Ship Skipper, then sign up! Fullfill that dream, check off that bucket-list item, be part of something great - Join the 2014, 60th Anniversary, Christmas Ships Parade!


We, at Christmas Ships, Inc. look forward, with great anticipation, to seeing you out there again this year as we parade our boats on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.


Merry Christmas!

Weather Alerts

December 18, 2014

The Willamette Fleet will be cruising from OMSI to the Fremont Bridge tonight, as the Columbia Fleet makes their last run of the year in front of the WA restaurants near I-5, both departing at 7:00pm. The forecast for tonight's parade is:

Thursday Night100% Precip. / 0.27 in

Rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers overnight. Low around 45F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.

You can follow us on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for up-to-the-date position and weather reports as the parade makes their nightly runs.

Please note, canceled nights are not made up in the schedule. Last Thursday's cancellation due to the high winds wll not be rescheduled.

@ChristmasShips Twitter


Mark your calendars!  Come meet the Christmas Ship Skippers & Crew on Saturday Dec. 20th, 3:00-4:30pm at the public dock in front of the Riverplace Hotel.  Santa will be there too!  Take pictures to create memories of a lifetime.  Since safety is always our primary concern, life jackets for 12 and under will be available before entering the breakwater dock.

This year we are going to make it easier for everyone to track us.  On parade nights, a crew member from each fleet will be sending out live tweets.  Those tweets will provide real time updates on where we are and the progress we are making.  Each tweet will contain either "#WillametteFleet" or "#ColumbiaFleet", so make sure you look for the appropriate one.  Those tweets can be seen on our home page or directly from our Twitter feed.

Metro Parks has decided to reopen the gates at James Gleason (42nd St) boat ramp for the Christmas Ships Parade season!  This prime viewing location is back.  Thanks Metro!  



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