The Grotto’s Festival of the Lights features a slate of choirs and chorales. Here young violinists accompany the Ave Maria Chorus. (Courtesy The Grotto)
The Grotto’s Festival of the Lights features a slate of choirs and chorales. Here young violinists accompany the Ave Maria Chorus. (Courtesy The Grotto)
This year’s Festival of Lights at The Grotto in Northeast Portland will run Friday, Nov. 26, through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022.

Billing itself as the largest Christmas choral festival in the world, the event features more than 160 indoor holiday concerts performed by many of the region’s school, church and civic choirs.

Offering a family-oriented traditional Christmas celebration, visitors will enjoy outdoor caroling, puppet shows and an assortment of musical guests in the plaza as well as the choirs’ offerings in its 500-seat chapel. Holiday foods and beverages also are available, as is seasonal shopping in The Grotto’s 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.

While accessible to those with disabilities, the festival is not recommended for the frail.

Learn more

Especially for group visits, choir directors and volunteers, see go.sentinel.org/3Bhxj8f.