We love the Christmas ships. (Not so much the bridge lifts during busy traffic, but the ships, yes.)
The ships float down the Columbia and Willamette in all sorts of splendor, making for great viewing from various restaurants, watering holes and walkways along each river.
The ships launched on December 1 and are ready for downtown viewing now.
Tonight at 7:00PM, the Columbia Fleet assembles in front of James M. Gleason Boat Ramp, 43rd/NE Marine Drive and turns at the east end of the parking lot to head downriver to the I-5 Bridge Area, arriving at approximately 7:30 PM.
The Willamette Fleet assembles in front of Riverplace Marina, (1750 SW Harbor Way, Portland). The two-hour parade begins in front of OMSI and travels downriver (north) to the Fremont Bridge, then turns to return to Riverplace Marina.