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Christmas Festival of Lights

Posted on 29 November 2013 by Jason

Running through December 30, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights presents the sights, sounds and sensations of the season. It is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world, featuring nearly 160 indoor holiday concerts. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme “Angels on High” reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to thousands of families from around the Pacific Northwest.
Five indoor concerts are scheduled each evening in The Grotto’s 600-seat chapel, known for its cathedral quality acoustics. Continuous family entertainment, each night in The Grotto’s plaza area, includes outdoor caroling, puppet shows and a live animal petting zoo. Holiday foods and beverages are also available, as is seasonal shopping in The Grotto’s Christian Gift and Book Store.
The Festival of Lights is a walk-through event, nightly from 5 to 9:30 p.m. with festival grounds closing at 10 p.m. Closed Christmas day. All entertainment areas are either indoors or fully tented. General admission is $9; Seniors 65 and over $8; children ages 3-12 $4; ages 2 and under admitted free. Adequate free parking is available. Visitors are asked to bring a donation of canned or dry food benefiting Snow-Cap, the east county’s affiliate of the Oregon Food Bank.

Location: The Grotto, NE 85th and Sandy Blvd., Portland. For Festival information and details, call 503-261-2400 or visit

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