Now in its 57th year, the Christmas Ship Parade begins its run on Thursday, December 8 2011, with regularly scheduled runs through December 20.
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 the performances. Up to 60 holiday boats are expected to make up the two fleets.
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.