Tonight is the final night of the 2014 Christmas Ships season. The combined fleet will depart Riverplace Marina at 5:00pm, headed for the St. John's area. After the parade at St. John's, the Columbia River fleet will split off and head toward the Columbia, while the Willamette fleet will return to Riverplace. The forecast for tonight's parade is:
Sunday Night60% Precip. / 0.15 in
Overcast with rain showers at times. Low 44F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%
You can follow us on our Facebook and Twitter feeds for up-to-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.
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!