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Our parade season ended on Dec 21st.  Now it's time for our dedicated crew to spend time with their friends and families.  We'll see you in December 2023 for our 69th season.

Christmas Ship owners are getting ready to set sail for their 68th year as residents make plans to watch the colorful flotillas during the parade's 2022 holiday season. 
 
The Christmas Ship Parade will open Friday, December 2rd on the Columbia River in the area of North Portland Harbor.  The Christmas Ships Parade will run for 15 nights through Wednesday December 21st.  There will be no parades on Dec 4th, 8th, 12th, and 13th.
 
Many restaurants and hotels along the Columbia and Willamette rivers are already taking reservations with nights already booked for some evenings.
 
The boats, 14 to 65 feet long, are brightly decorated for the holiday season.  The ships draw thousands of residents each night to the banks of the rivers for their performances.  Up to 60 holiday boats are expected to make up the two fleets.
 
The privately owned vessels come from the greater Portland / Vancouver areas and beyond!  Some of the ships owners have been part of this Christmas tradition for more than 40 years with many being part of the Christmas Ship fleet for over 20 years.  Each skipper is responsible for their own expenses, including fuel and insurance for their vessels over the two weeks. This can run into the hundreds of dollars, which in itself is a testament to the dedication and enthusiasm the Christmas Ship skippers bring to the organization, and the community. The organization accepts donations to help cover the cost of maintaining, managing and promoting the organization, but none of these donations go to the skippers, their crews, or their boats. Christmas Ships, Inc. is an all-volunteer organization, with no paid staff or officers, just a large group of friendly individual volunteers/skippers who give back to the community they love.

 
A full schedule for the Columbia and Willamette fleets, as well as a link for donations can be found at www.christmasships.org.  For Skipper interviews or other requests, send us a note through the Christmas Ship contact page.

 

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