Below is a link to the schedules:
Here are some photos from previous years:
Here’s a video about the Christmas ships parade from several years ago:
From The Christmas Ship Parade Organizers:
We are fully funded by the generous financial contributions of many waterfront businesses as well as individuals. If you enjoy seeing us out on the water, please consider supporting us by donating here: Make a donation.
The Christmas Ship Parade started in 1954 with one lone sailboat from Portland Yacht Club. Bows of green with some ribbon were tied along the rails and they paraded on the rivers
Many restaurants and hotels along the Columbia and Willamette rivers are already taking reservations with nights already booked for some evenings.
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.
Again, 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.