News of Clark County - Christmas Ships Parade Launch Holiday Season

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Camas Christmas Ships Parade

Launch the holidays in Clark County at the Port of Camas-Washougal Christmas Ships Parade on Saturday, December 3rd. The parade starts at 6 PM - crowds assemble along the docks at the Port around 5 PM to witness this annual tradition. If the weather is bad, you can slip into the Port's office.

The Christmas Ships Parade has regaled the Portland/Vancouver region with holiday cheer since 1954. What started with a few volunteer enthusiasts has grown to a fleet of roughly 50 to 60 boats. Now two fleets sail along the Columbia and Willamette rivers - sometimes together - lighting up the water with Christmas decorations and customized lights and signs. This year the parades run from December 2nd through the 18th - the first night's parade can be viewed farther down river along Marine Drive in Portland.

You can check out the schedule and best viewing locations along each river at the Christmas Ships web site. It is a delightful show for both young and old with themes that run the gamut from traditional yuletide to whimsical nautical. It's a great way to set aside some time from your busy schedule to meet up with friends and get into the holiday mood.

This activity is a volunteer labor of love - Christmas Ship skippers donate their own fuel and time, and receive no compensation.  The cost of insurance is offset by generous donations from businesses and restaurants located along the waterfront. So support the cause by booking your reservations at the sponsoring restaurants and hotels, and make sure you tell them you're coming to view the Christmas Ships.

If you want to know more about our favorite spots for viewing the Christmas Ships, just call us.  We'll be glad to lighten up your holiday!

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Lottie Kendall
Pacific Union International - San Francisco, CA
Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley

Good morning, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD -the Christmas ships parade must be beautiful, indeed. I hope you'll post pictures after the event to share the beauty with us all. Enjoy!

Nov 19, 2016 12:02 AM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I bet that is a wonderful event to see and launch the holidays with.  We have one here at the Santa Barbara Harbor and it is a treat to view.  A

Nov 19, 2016 02:34 AM #2
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 It sounds as if Christmas has come early to the Columbia River area and it is rather exciting Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Nov 19, 2016 03:49 AM #3
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Debb & Bernie - I remember your previous posts about this ship parade - it's something that makes the holidays very special.

Nov 19, 2016 04:12 AM #4
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I bet this is quite the sight.  I remember soemthing similar in Newport Beach many years ago with the boats all lit up for the holidays.  Magical indeed.

Nov 19, 2016 04:25 AM #5
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Everyone loves a Parade and this one sounds spectacular! I hope you continue to enjoy the season and stay happy!

Nov 19, 2016 05:50 AM #6
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Hi Debb & Bernie - that is going to be a fun event! Who does't love ships and boats..... and add that to a Christmas Theme - fabulous!!

Nov 19, 2016 06:05 AM #7
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Debb & Bernie ... this sounds like an event I would like to see. People do need to support this by eating at the restaurants who support the event with donations. 

Nov 19, 2016 06:49 AM #8
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Debb, I would really like to see this Christmas ship parade and I am sure it is a wonderful event to attend which starts the season. 

Nov 19, 2016 07:39 AM #9
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


 I would love love to see this I love CHristmas Boat Parades but I will be working please take pictures and share if possible!

Nov 20, 2016 05:51 AM #10
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debb, I can only imagine how beautiful the Christmas ships parade is. I would love to be able to see it. Wonderful!

Nov 21, 2016 10:55 PM #11
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Debb and Bernie -- this is a nice heads-up for Clark County area residents to put on their holiday calendars.   A very good localism post.   

Nov 25, 2016 07:36 AM #12
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi there Debb-this sounds like such a spectacular event-I really would enjoy something like this particularly seeing these boats/ships on those beautiful rivers of yours! The masts must be stunning.

Nov 29, 2016 04:57 PM #13
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Oh, gosh, Debb and Bernie, this takes me back in time. It's really romantic being part of that, or simply sitting near the water and viewing it, comfortably with a hot drink in hand. I used to do all of this when I lived in Portland--seems a lifetime ago!

Nov 29, 2016 08:33 PM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

This is very good information to share with area residents and visitors.

Dec 02, 2016 09:41 AM #15
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