Memorable Christmas Boat Parades Around the Pacific Northwest

Lake Union


The Christmas Shop Parade of Boats happens on beautiful Lake Union in the shadow of the Space Needle. See the brightly decorated ships that cruise around South Lake Union the second weekend in DecemberChristmas Ship Parade of Boats

Gig Harbor

Tacoma Holiday Boat Parade

At dusk, a one-day Lighted Boat Parade travels twice around the harbor. Gig Harbor Lighted Boat Parade



Festival of Lighted Boat Christmas on the Columbia River in Kalama WA

The newly refurbished Kalama waterfront is the perfect spot to watch the Kalama Festival of Lighted Boats the second weekend of December. It runs in conjunction with a Holiday Festival with Santa, food, and live music in the amphitheater.  Kalama Festival of Lighted Boats  **update*** cancelled for 2021


Portland Oregon Christmas Ship parade photo by Sam Churchill
photo: Sam Churchill

The Christmas Ships have been a Northwest tradition in Portland for over 50 years, sailing their decorated ships up and down the Columbia River and also the Willamette River.  Their schedules last 15 nights in December, so you can be sure to find a night to watch.  Portland Christmas Ships

Tri Cities

The TriCities parade usually happens the first weekend in December. For two nights it travels under the Cable Bridge at Clover Island up the Columbia River on the Kennewick side to the far end of Howard Amon Park in Richland and travel back down river on the same course ending at the Clover Island Marina.  Tri-Cities Lighted Boat Parade



Yaquina Bay Christmas Ships in Newport Oregon photo by Kerry Terrel

Newport’s scenic bay front is the setting for an annual lighted boat parade. Usually the second Saturday in December beginning at dusk. To up the experience you can even ride aboard one of the ships with a purchased ticket.  Facebook Page


Florence Oregon Christmas

The first Saturday following Thanksgiving every year held at the Port of Siuslaw Marina in Old Town Florence. This family event is part of the annual Florence Holiday Festival. Florence Christmas Ship Parade



Milwaukie winter solstice celebration Christmas ships parade

Milwaukie’s Winter Solstice event, an annual one-day celebration in mid-December at Milwaukie Bay Park to view the Christmas ships, warm by a bonfire, listen to carolers, enjoy a beer garden, food and beverages available for purchase  Milwaukie Winter Solstice Celebration  **update: cancelled for 2021 **


La Conner, WA

laconner wa holiday boat parade

Photo by Nancy Crowell Photography

Lights shimmer along the placid waters near LaConner, WA.  Love LaConner Event Calendar