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video: Christmas Ships 2014: Cruise Down For Final Week

Thursday, December 18, 2014

 

Photo Credit: Christmas Ships Twitter

Enjoy the last week of Portland’s favorite holiday tradition, Christmas Ships Parade, through Sunday December 21st. 

Christmas Ship has come a long way since it began in 1954 with one sailboat from the Portland Yacht Club. 

Portland's loved holiday event is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, and has about 55 to 60 flashing red and green lit boats float down the Columbia and Willamette River each year. 

Last year, 59 ships were registered for the two week long event, with eight boats having been participating for more than 20 consecutive years. 

Each owner is accountable of their own expenses including decorations and operating costs. Christmas Ship Inc. is a volunteer based organization with no paid staff and officers.

If you love this Portland holiday tradition and would like to donate, click HERE. Funds go to support the costs of administering, maintaining and promoting  the non- profit organization.   

Find a list of restaurants and viewing locations for the Columbia River parade here, and the Willamette River parade here

Homepage Photo Credit: Christmas Ships (image cropped) 

 

Related Slideshow: 2014 GoLocalPDX Guide to Holiday Events

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”Twist Your Dickens”

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” revamped as a highly entertaining sketch and improv comedy show performed at Portland Center Stage by the Chicago comedy troupe Second City. Recommended for ages 14+. 

Nov. 22 - Dec. 24; evenings - 7:30 p.m., matinees - 2 p.m.; Portland Center Stage, 128 NW Eleventh Ave.; $36-52. Click HERE to view schedule and purchase tickets.

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Turkey Trots

On Thanksgiving morning, participate in either 4 mile run or walk sponsored by the Oregon Road Runners Club, then leave feeling exhilarated and with room to eat even more Thanksgiving dinner than originally planned.

Nov. 27 at 8 a.m.; Oregon Zoo; $30 per runner. Click HERE to register.

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Winter Wonderland

Hop in your car and come experience the stunningly elaborate drive-through light show of over 250 set pieces, a visual spectacle hailed as the “largest holiday light show west of the Mississippi.”

Nov. 27 - Dec. 28; Sundays - Thursdays 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.; Portland International Raceway, Victory Blvd., Exit 306B off I-5; $18 per car, cash or check only. Click HERE for more information.

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Portland Macy's Parade

Taking place the day after Thanksgiving, the Portland Macy’s Holiday Parade will feature 26 floats, marching bands, 600 costumed characters, and the chance to take a picture with the one and only Santa Claus. 

Friday Nov. 28 at 9 a.m.; downtown Portland; free. Click HERE for more information.

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Annual Tree Lighting

Also taking place the day after Thanksgiving will be the 30th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Pioneer Courthouse Square, featuring a holiday sing-along with prominent Portland musicians, including Thomas Lauder

Friday Nov. 28; 5:30-6:30 pm; Pioneer Courthouse Square; free. Click HERE for more information.

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Festival of Lights

Northeast Portland’s internationally-renowned Catholic shrine and botanical garden The Grotto presents the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. The event will feature over 500,000 lights, 150 choral performances, and food and entertainment for the whole family. 

Nov. 28 - Dec. 30; 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.; The Grotto, 8840 NE Skidmore St.; $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 kids ages 3-12. Click HERE to purchase tickets. 

Photo Credit: The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, The Grotto (cropped)

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ZooLights

The Oregon Zoo presents its annual winter festival featuring animal-themed displays made up of more than one million LED lights, all of which can seen by taking the ZooLights train ride.

Nov. 28 - Jan. 4; Sundays - Thursdays 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., Fridays & Saturdays 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Oregon Zoo; free for members, $10 adults, $9 seniors, $7 children agree 3-7. Click HERE for more information.

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"Rudolph on Stage"

For the second year in a row, Bad Reputation Productions presents a loving, hilarious adaptation of the classic 1964 stop-motion film “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Perfect for attendees of all ages.

Nov. 28 - Dec. 20 at 8 p.m.; kid matinees Saturdays Dec. 6, 13, 20 at 2 p.m.; CoHo Productions, 2257 NW Raleigh St.; $21-24. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Photo Credit: Bad Reputation Productions (cropped)

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Ugly Sweater Run

Here’s an excuse to wear your favorite ugly sweater - run a 5k alongside thousands of others of ugly sweater-wearing individuals.

Nov. 30 at 9 a.m.; Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; $35 per person early registration, $40 per person day of the event. Click HERE to register.

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Holiday Ale Festival

Need to stay warm this December? The 19th annual Holiday Ale festival will have over 50 winter ales from over forty breweries to taste and sample. 

Wednesday Dec. 3 - Sunday Dec. 7; 11 a.m - 10 p.m.; Pioneer Courthouse Square; $35 for advance admission, includes festival mug, 14 beer tickets, and expedited entry all five days with wristband and mug. Click HERE to register.

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Festival of Trees

For the 32nd annual Providence Festival of Trees, come see over 25 unique, themed Christmas trees, all created by local designers. 

Dec. 5 - Dec. 6; Friday 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 9.a.m. - 5 p.m.; Oregon Convention Center, Hall A 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, $4 for children ages 3-12. Click HERE for more information.

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Gay Men's Chorus Concert

Portland’s Gay Men’s Chorus once again presents its annual concert “A Holiday Celebration,” a mix of melodies celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, and the Solstice with the same warmth and cheer we’ve come to know and love.

Dec. 5 - 7; Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.; Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway; $15-48. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Photo Credit: Portland Gay Men's Chorus (cropped)

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Christmas Ships Parade

One of Portland's most enduring Christmas traditions, a flee of over fifty bedecked and illuminated ships will parade nightly down the Columbia and Willamette rivers for the 60th year in a row.

Dec. 5 - 21; Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Click HERE for schedule. 

Photo Credit: Christmas Ships, Inc. (cropped)

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Jingle Bell Run/Walk

Wearing a costume automatically makes any activity more enjoyable. Come run a 5K wearing your favorite holiday costume to raise money for those with arthritis.

Sunday Dec. 7 at 8 a.m.; World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon St.; $35-$40 for adults, $20-$25 for children. Click HERE to register.

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Caroling Competition

The Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition is back. All caroling groups with 3 or more members should come prepared to carol their hearts out and compete for a grand prize of $1,000!

Friday December 12; 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.; Pioneer Courthouse Square; free. Click HERE to register.  

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Tuba Christmas

At the 24th Annual Tuba Christmas Concert, over 250 tubas will be playing songs fit for the Christmas season in Pioneer Square. Perfect for big brass fans, or anyone really.

Saturday Dec. 13; 1:30 p.m. 3 p.m.; Pioneer Courthouse Square. Click HERE for more information.

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"The Nutcracker"

The Oregon Ballet Theatre presents George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker,” a perennial holiday classic and the quintessential Christmas ballet.

Dec. 13 - 27; 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.; Oregon Ballet Theatre, 818 SE Sixth Ave.; $30-$115. Click HERE to view schedule and purchase tickets.

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The Holiday Half

Portland’s own running store Foot Traffic is holding a half marathon through the headquarters of Adidas.

Sunday Dec. 14 at 8 a.m; Adidas America, 5055 N. Greeley Ave.; $39 per person (5K) or $79 per person (half marathon). Click HERE to register.

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Peacock Lane

Since the 1920s, the southeast street Peacock Lane has been decorating its Tudor-style houses in beautifully arranged nativity scenes, light displays, and Christmas trees, and for just as long, crowds have ben gathering to get a glimpse of the wonderfully designed displays.

Dec. 15 - 30 from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m., Dec. 24 and 31 from 6 p.m. - midnight; between SE Stark St. and SE Belmont St. and one block east of SE 39th Ave.; free. Click HERE for more information.

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Menorah Lighting

Chabad of Oregon will be lighting the Menorah located in Southwest Portland for all eight nights of Hanukkah beginning on the evening of Tuesday December 16.

Dec. 16 - Dec. 23; 5:30 p.m.; Director Park, Southwest Park Ave.; free. Click HERE for more information.

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Celtic Yuletide Concert

Three generations of the family music ensemble Magical Strings will be bringing to Portland the 36th annual Celtic Yuletide, a medley of music, dance, storytelling, and much more. 

Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m.; Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St.; 764-4131; $20 for adults and $12 for children in advance, $22 for adults and $14 for children at the door. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

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The Christmas Revels

“A tower, a Wizard Earl, a prankster and some Revels magic…” Come experience the magic and wonder of 16th century England through period choral music and dancing in this year’s Christmas Revels show. 

Dec. 18 - Dec 23 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 20 and Dec. 21 at 1 p.m.; St. Mary’s Academy 1615 SW Fifth Ave.; $39. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

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"A Circus Carol"

Come one and come all! Come see the circus adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” put on by Portland’s very own Wanderlust Circus and featuring music by 3 Leg Torso. Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Dec. 19 - 21; 8 p.m.; Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St.; $15-40. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Photo Credit: Wanderlust Circus (cropped)

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The Oregon Symphony

The Oregon Symphony presents the holiday concert “Comfort and Joy” featuring classical Christmas and holiday favorites, not to mention family-friendly pricing. Not a bad way to spend a Friday evening!

Dec. 21 at 4 p.m.; Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Click HERE to buy tickets.

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The von Trapps

Four siblings, great-grandchildren of the universally beloved Maria and Captain von Trapp, have taken up the family trade, singing and performing in tours all over the world. As Christmas draws to a close, they’ll be at the Mississippi Studios holding two shows to celebrate the end of the holidays.

Friday Dec. 26; 6:30 and 9 p.m.; Mississippi Studios, 2929 N. Mississippi Ave.; $13-15. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Photo Credit: The von Trapps (cropped)

 
 

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