Christmas Ships Parade

Nov. 30-Dec. 20/PORTLAND – Along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. On the Willamette, you always have the opportunity to see us from a dinner cruise.  Make your reservations now, they book up fast! The Christmas Ship Parade started in 1954 with one lone sailboat from Portland Yacht Club.  Bows of green with some ribbon where tied along the rails and it paraded on the rivers.  The next year the parade started to grow.  Today,  The Christmas Ship Fleet averages about 55 to 60 boats between the Columbia and Willamette River fleets.   Now the displays are brightly lit and can be seen from bank to bank on each river.

Festival of Lights

Nov. 23-PORTLAND – 5-9:30 p.m. at the Grotto. The largest Christmas choral festival in the world.  The festival features more than 170 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest. Five indoor concerts are scheduled each evening in The Grotto’s 600-seat chapel, known for its cathedral quality acoustics.  Continuous family entertainment in The Grotto’s plaza area includes outdoor caroling, puppet shows and a live petting zoo.Holiday foods and beverages are also available, as is seasonal shopping in The Grotto Gift Shop.Tickets are $12 and sold at the gate. Agest 3-12 are $6. >MORE