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The Christmas Festival of Lights at The Grotto in Portland features two million lights in a quarter mile long display.

Festival of Lights at the GrottoThe Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights has been a Portland holiday tradition since 1988. Celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, the festival tells the story of the Nativity with song and joy. The festival opens Friday, Nov. 25, and runs night through Friday, Dec. 30. It is closed on Christmas day.

Featuring more than 150 choirs over the course of 35 nights, it's the world's largest Christmas choral festival. Hear the sounds of local schools, churches and civic groups as they perform in the Chapel of Mary, known for its cathedral-like acoustics.

Continuous entertainment for all ages is offered in The Grotto's tented plaza area. Enjoy puppet shows, story times and musical guests. Sing along to your favorite Christmas songs with the famous Grotto Carolers.

And don't forget the lights! Approximately two million of them will shine throughout the lower level of the 98-year-old sanctuary. Enjoy a warm cup of cocoa as you stroll the scenic

pathways. And this year there is something new, a 34-foot walk-through Christmas tree. It's sure to be a highlight of the festival, and a great spot for holiday photos.

The festival will open each night from 5-9:30 p.m. (The grounds close at 10 p.m.) Beginning Dec. 17, the grounds will open at 4:30 p.m. Parking is free on site and an overflow lot is located at the Parkrose/Sumner MAX station. Consider taking the MAX and picking up the free shuttle to the festival entrance.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to thegrotto.org.

8840 N.E. Skidmore St., Portland, OR 97220

503-254-7371

thegrotto.org

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