This Pacific Northwest port has a passion for the water, and every December, the city's large boating community casts off to share its take on the season. With decorations such as angels,
Christmas trees, and skiing Santas picked out in lights on their bows, some 60 powerboats and sailboats cruise the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Thousands of people stroll Portland's riverfront and its waterfront park to enjoy the flotilla's offbeat displays, a 47-year-old tradition. "Portland has been a big part of our lives, and this is our Christmas present to the city," says volunteer skipper Neal Penland.
For information, visit www.christmasships.org.
Discover Other Winter Wonderlands Across The United States
Cooperstown, New York
The Clark Foundation is responsible for Cooperstown's elegant garlands and Christmas light adornments. During the town's cherished annual Candlelight Evening, the Farmer's Museum comes to life under the illumination of flickering candles.
A Scandinavian town with a rich historical background, Solvang boasts a Julefest fit for a king complete with a Nativity pageant and thoroughly decked streets.
Antebellum architecture and modern-day decor compete for attention during Natchez, Mississippi's annual holiday festival. Boughs of holly quite literally deck the halls, streets, and elegant homes in Natchez. The highlight of the season is the city's candlelit tours.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Countless farolitos line the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico during the holiday season each year, lending further merriment to the city's celebratory bonfires and ornamented trees.
Kansas City, Missouri
"Merry" and "bright" are the watchwords in Kansas City, Missouri during December, when Country Club Plaza is set ablaze in the glow of 280,000 lights.
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Watch Them Fill The Windows
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