Please see if your question is answered below before contacting us! 

What night is the parade?

We parade on 15 nights during the Christmas season.  The full parade schedule is listed on either the Columbia or Willamette Rivers Schedule pages.  At the very bottom of each of those pages, is a downloadable schedule: Columbia Schedule -or- Willamette Schedule.

Where is the best place to view the ships?

If you go to our schedule pages for either the Columbia or Willamette Rivers, you'll see a link at the bottom of each night's description that states "Additional information, restaurants and outdoor viewing locations".  Clicking on that link will take you to a page that shows you the best locations / restaurants / parks / etc. to see our ships on that particular evening.

Are there tickets / Can I buy tickets?

There are no tickets required to view the parade.  The parade can be viewed from many locations listed on our website (See item #2 above).

Can I ride on one of the boats in the parade?

In general, we do not allow the general public to come aboard the boats.  However, some Christmas Ships captains auction off a ride on his/her boat for a charity event.  Since we are an all-volunteer organization and each Christmas Ships captain is responsible for all operating costs, it is at their sole discretion with respect to who they allow on board.  

Is the parade cancelled for tonight?

Unless you see a message in our Weather Alerts section (upper left), we haven't cancelled. As soon as we make a decision to cancel, we'll update our website, Facebook, and Twitter. We try to give the weather as much time to cooperate as possible.  

Mailing Address

Christmas Ships, Inc.
P.O. Box 55331
Portland, OR 97238-55331

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