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Christmas Festival of Lights

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FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

  • Friday after Thanksgiving thru December 30
  • Nightly 5 – 9:30 p.m. (Festival grounds close at 10 p.m.)
  • Closed Christmas Day

Please note during the Festival of Lights, The Grotto grounds close at 4 p.m.

TICKETS

General:                             $11.00
Senior(65+)/Military:      $10.00
Children (3-12):                 $6.00
Children (2 & under):         Free

Visitors are encouraged to bring a donation of canned or dry food benefitting Snow-Cap, the East county’s affiliate of the Oregon Food Bank.

CHOIR SCHEDULE

Click here to see the choir schedule.

VOLUNTEER AT THE FESTIVAL

Click here to fill out the Festival of Lights Volunteer Form.

Click here to fill out the Festival of Lights Volunteer Form for Groups.

PARKING

Parking is Free and volunteer parking attendants are present to direct visitors to the most convenient parking.

CONTACT

Festival of Lights Information Hotline:  503- 261-2400
Main reception:  503-254-7371

EVENT DESCRIPTION

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 nearly 160 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 animal petting zoo.

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

HELPFUL HINTS

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.

ENTERTAINMENT

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.  Rainbow Farms live animal petting zoo is open from 5:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

GROUPS

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

WHERE TO STAY

Click here to learn about where to stay during your visit.

THANK YOU TO OUR 2015 SPONSORS

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