In Northeast Portland, there’s a sanctuary nestled among a tranquil forest: The Grotto. During the holidays, The Grotto transforms into a Festival of Lights. From sky high trees to small bushes, everything is adorned in twinkling lights.
Take in all the sights, sounds and sensations of the season at one of Portland’s best holiday light displays.
2022 Christmas Festival of Lights at The Grotto
Two million lights set the stage to the largest Christmas choral festival in the world. The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights is a transcendent atmosphere. For me, it is the most peaceful light display of the season. I recommend slowing down and taking in the walk through the woods illuminated by beautiful lights.
The event has nightly indoor holiday concerts performed by some of the region’s best school, church and civic choirs.
While you’re there, light a rosary candle, admire the light displays, listen to the choir sing in the chapel and peruse the gift shop. The plaza area also hosts outdoor caroling, puppet shows and an assortment of musical guests.
Here’s the schedule for the 2022 Christmas Festival of Lights at The Grotto. The holiday light display is closed on Christmas day.
- November 25-December 16 from 5-9:30 p.m. Grounds close at 10 p.m.
- December 17–30 from 4:30-9:30 p.m. Grounds close at 10 p.m.
Tickets are available for purchase online and onsite.
Online ticket prices are $14 for adults, $6 for kids age 3-11, and free for kids 2 and under. You will be charged a $2+ processing fee per ticket.
Pricing at the event is $18 for adults, $8 for kids age 3-11, and free for kids 2 and under.
This event does not have timed entry. Get there when you can and stay as long as you’d like.
The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights will have eight value nights that save you $2 on admission:
- Monday, November 28-Thursday, December 1
- Monday, December 5-Thursday, December 8
Online advance ticket purchases are $12 for adults and $5 for kids age 3-11. Kids 2 and under are free. You will be charged a $2+ processing fee per ticket.
Value Night pricing at the gate is $16 for adults and $7 for kids age 3-11. Kids 2 and under are free.
Parking and Free Shuttle
Parking is free in the main parking lot and on adjacent streets. An overflow lot is at the Parkrose/Sumner Park and Ride, 9481 NE Sandy Blvd in Portland. A free shuttle bus runs every night from this lot. You can also access The Grotto via bus or by taking the MAX red line to the Parkrose/Sumner transit center and then hopping on the free shuttle.
The Grotto is located at 8840 NE Skidmore Street in Portland. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit The Grotto’s website.
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