The 2016 Christmas Ships Parade season is upon us.  We'll be parading on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers for 15 nights, beginning on Friday Dec. 2nd.  There are six nights where we have a combined fleet.  The other nine nights, each fleet parades its respective river.  Please see our schedules:

Columbia Fleet Schedule and Willamette Fleet Schedule

We have well over 60 boats signed up.  They are fairly evenly divided between fleets.  We have about 7 new boats in the parade this year which means 7 new light displays!

As much as we'd like to be able to control the weather and river conditions during the parade season, mother nature does not allow it.  Last year was a prime example of that.  The weather during the Christmas Ships Parade, at times, provides quite a challenge to the fleet. Please be sure to check our home page for any Weather Alerts that may impact our schedule.  We also post that same information on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

We'll be sending out position reports via Twitter on most parade nights.  Look for either #ColumbiaFleet or #WillametteFleet at

We, at Christmas Ships, Inc. look forward to seeing you out there again this year.

If you love our parade, please vote for us in USA Today's 10Best Holiday Parades in the country.  You can vote once per day:

USA Today 10Best - Vote for the Christmas Ships


Weather Alerts

Tonight is our opening night of the 2016 parade season!  It will be a combined fleet night where we'll parade North Portland Harbor starting at 7pm.  Check here for a detailed description of our route: Combined Fleet - North Portland Harbor.  Check back here or on Twitter or Facebook for updates to our route. 

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The Christmas Ships will be hosting two "Meet & Greet" events this year: Saturday December 17th and Sunday December 18th.  See the following for details: Dec 17th Meet & Greet -and- Dec 18th Meet & Greet

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