Above is a great story and video of the 2014 Christmas Ships from GoLocalPDX.com.
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: