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 this light display.
2023 Christmas Festival of Lights at The Grotto
Two million lights set the stage of 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, storytime and an assortment of musical guests under a tent.
It takes between 60 and 90 minutes to enjoy this light display. If you want to see a specific concert, arrive at least 30 to 45 minutes in advance of the scheduled concert time.
Here’s the schedule for the 2023 Christmas Festival of Lights at The Grotto. The festival is open every day on these dates, except on Christmas day.
- November 24-December 15 from 5-10 p.m. Entry gates close at 9:30 p.m.
- December 16–30 from 4:45-10 p.m. Entry gates close at 9:30 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. Also, the ticket booth does not accept cash.
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 adult admission and $1 on kids admission.
Here are the value night dates:
- Monday, November 27-Thursday, November 30
- Monday, December 4-Thursday, December 7
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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