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The Grotto Portland
8840 NE Skidmore (NE 85th and Sandy Blvd), Portland, Oregon 97220
Please join us for The Grotto's 30th Annual Christmas Festival of Lights.
Presenting the sights, sounds, and sensations of the season, The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. The festival features over 170 indoor concerts performed by many of the region’s finest school, church, and civic choirs. Offering a family-oriented blend of traditional celebration and serene reflection, the festival theme reflects the special season of hope that Christmas offers to many 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 in The Grotto’s plaza area includes outdoor caroling, puppet shows, and a live petting zoo, this year featuring a baby camel!
Holiday foods and beverages are also available, as is seasonal shopping in The Grotto Gift Shop.
#TheGrottoPDX to share and see Festival experiences
Children (3-12): $6.00
Children (2 & under): Free
The Grotto accepts all major credit cards: VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Discover.
Visitors are encouraged to bring a donation of canned or dry food benefiting Snow-Cap, an East-county food bank.
Parking is Free and volunteer parking attendants are present to direct visitors to the most convenient parking. New in 2017, there will be an overflow lot with a free shuttle. The lot is located at St. Rita’s Catholic Church at NE 102nd and Prescott.
Average festival visitation times are between 75 and 90 minutes. Visitors wishing to hear a specific concert in The Grotto’s chapel should arrive at least 30 to 45 minutes in advance of the scheduled concert time.
The Festival of Lights is a walk through event and visitors can expect to walk approximately one-quarter mile. All entertainment areas are either indoors or fully tented but visitors should dress for the weather. During festival hours temperatures typically are in the low to mid-40s. Rubber soled shoes, warm socks, gloves, and ear coverings are recommended, especially on colder nights. Outlined in lights, the entry path is somewhat uneven and darkened for effect. While accessible to those with disabilities, the festival is NOT recommended for the elderly or frail.
The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights presents five indoor concerts each evening. Featuring many of the region’s finest school, church and civic choirs performing in the Grotto’s 600-seat chapel known for its cathedral quality acoustics, nightly concerts begin at 5:15, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. Visitors wishing to hear a specific chapel concert should plan to arrive between 30 and 45 minutes in advance of the scheduled concert time.
Outdoor tented family entertainment runs continuously each night in the plaza. Our master puppeteer presents a Christmas themed show at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. The Grotto Carolers perform your favorite Christmas carols at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. nightly.
CHOIR SCHEDULE: thegrotto.org/choir-schedule/
MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT: Thursday, December 7, 2017
For Military Appreciation Night all active and former Military and their family get free entry with Military ID. We thank co-sponsors Sonitrol Pacific and Secure Pacific Corp for their sponsorship.
Main reception: 503-254-7371
Coming as a large group? Learn about group discounts: thegrotto.org/festival-of-light-groups/
Get a sneak peek of the lights before you attend:
Stay up to date on Festival each night: twitter.com/thegrottopdx