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Christmas Festival of Lights

We thank the volunteers, performers, sponsors, and visitors who made the 2017 Christmas Festival of Lights the most successful ever.

Please join us again for the 2018 Festival, which begins Friday Nov. 23.


The day after Thanksgiving thru December 30.

Nightly 5 – 9:30 p.m. (Festival grounds close at 10 p.m.)

Tickets sold at the gate.

You may also purchase Festival tickets at The Grotto Gift Shop during their regular hours.

Please note during the Festival of Lights, The Grotto Upper Level Gardens and grounds close at 3 p.m. (You may purchase admission to the Upper Level Gardens until 2 p.m.)


Tickets sold at the gate.

You may also purchase tickets in advance at The Grotto Gift Shop

2017 Prices

General:                             $11.00
Senior(65+)/Military:      $10.00
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.


Click here to see the choir schedule.


For more information about volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Manager, Vinci Paterson at or 503-261-2433.



OVERFLOW LOT WITH FREE SHUTTLE (on busy nights – check nightly for lot availability)

Located at St. Rita’s Catholic Church near NE 102nd and Prescott.

Parking is FREE at both locations and parking attendants will be present to direct visitors to the most convenient parking.


Main reception:  503-254-7371


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 more than 170 indoor holiday 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.

Holiday foods and beverages are also available, as is seasonal shopping in The Grotto Gift Shop.


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.


Thank you, Debbie Doolittle’s Indoor Petting Zoo, for providing the wonderful animals for our Festival Zoo.


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.


Click here to learn about bringing a group to the Festival of Lights.