Above is a story on the 2014 Christmas Ships from GoLocalPDX.com.
The Christmas Ships have parades on both rivers. The Columbia Fleet parade begins at 7pm starting from the Salty’s / Gleason Boat ramp area down to the Vancouver waterfront.
Tweets by ChristmasShips
It might be worth the $5 parking fee at Gleason Boat Launch on Marine Drive, just to watch them prepare. Beats a $30-$40 carload at PIR for their Winter Wonderland drive-through.
The cheery ships brighten up the rivers each December, generally running through the third week in December.
About 20-30 Chistmas ships sail each night.
The Christmas Ship Parade is a 64 year tradition on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.
The privately owned vessels come from Portland, Vancouver, McMinnville, Salem and Hood River areas. Some of the ships owners have been part of Christmas tradition for more than 30 years with many being part of the fleets for over 20 years.
The Chistmas Ships are a holiday favorite. Here are some of the best times to see them on the Columbia near Hayden Island: