Festival of Lighted Boats Sets Sail through Port of Kalama on Saturday after Waiting out Flooding and High Winds

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Kalama is open for business: while intense flooding and high winds took a toll on Kalama last week, the town has refreshed and is open for business; just in time for the holidays, come enjoy the natural beauty, unique dining, renowned antique shops and one-of-a-kind shopping.

holiday events; family entertainment; Christmas Festival; Port of Kalama

Holiday boat parade is first annual event in Kalama, Washington.

Kalama’s holiday magic is afoot inviting shoppers to come enjoy its quaint downtown and delicious dining options.

Kalama's first annual Festival of Lighted Boats sails through Kalama this Saturday, December 19, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Port of Kalama's Marine Park. The event was rescheduled due to flooding and high winds last week.

In addition to inviting visitors to the boat parade, the Kalama organizations invite shoppers to come enjoy its quaint downtown and delicious dining options. Last week’s area flooding has subsided and Kalama businesses are open to dazzle visitors with gifts to round out holiday shopping and celebration.

Restaurants and an impressive antique section with roots going back decades attract tourists from all over the region. For those who want to trade in the big city pace of the holidays for simple, small town appeal, Kalama will charm the bustle right out of visitors.

“Right off of I-5, 30 minutes from Portland, shoppers will find this darling small town has so much to offer,” says Kalama Chamber President, Taryn Nelson. “And once you’re here, you’ll be blown away not only by the natural beauty, but the of shops, specialty businesses and dining we have to offer. We want shoppers and diners to know we welcome them!”

Kalama’s appeal also lies in its natural surroundings and its ability to satisfy a get-away-from-it-all feel without being too far away from anything. Locally owned restaurants serve home-cooked meals and fresh brewed coffee. People still treat people like family.

First annual Festival of Lighted Boats sails through Kalama this Saturday, December 19

The first annual Festival of Lighted Boats was rescheduled for this Saturday, December 19, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. due to area flooding and weather conditions last week. The Kalama Chamber of Commerce this Saturday welcomes the stunning holiday boat parade produced by the Dolphin Yacht Club.

The event promises holiday fun for the entire family with music and caroling, festive food and drink and crafts. The Lighted Boat Parade will last about an hour to an hour and a half and is expected to start at 6:30 p.m.

“We believe Kalama’s first-ever holiday boat parade will showcase some of the best traits of our little town—the most beautiful waterfront park in the region and a community that comes together like family,” says event organizer, Taryn Nelson, president of the Kalama Chamber. “The Festival of Lighted Boats is sure to cheer families around the region.”

Families who join in the fun will find a cheery holiday celebration including:

  • Narrated Lighted Boat Parade
  • Live music (Kalama and Woodland High School Choirs & elementary school performances)
  • Santa Photo Booth
  • Warm beverages
  • Chili, nachos, caramel corn
  • Holiday crafts and more

Like all magic, the nearer one gets to its source the stronger its effects; step closer to Kalama, and let the city cast its spell. Visitors might just find some holiday magic of their own.

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