Things to do in Portland: (12/17/11) “The Festival of Lights at The Grotto and Oregon Rocks!”


“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 2011 festival features nearly 170 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 2011 festival theme “Joy to the World” 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.

Holidayfoods and beverages are also available, as is seasonal shopping in The Grotto’s Christian Gift and Book Store.  A magnificent display of nativity sets from around the world is on display for viewing and individual sets are available for purchase in the Grotto’s Visitor Complex.” (here)

Address:8840 NE Skidmore Street,Portland,Oregon97220

Hours: Nightly 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. with festival grounds closing at 10:00 p.m.

Phone: 503.261.2400


OREGONROCKS! A History of Popular Music in Oregon

“Three years in the making, the Oregon Rocks musical history exhibit launches the most far-reaching exploration of Oregon musical history ever.” (here)

Address:1200 SW Park Ave.

Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, November 20th.

Phone: 503.222.1741



3 thoughts on “Things to do in Portland: (12/17/11) “The Festival of Lights at The Grotto and Oregon Rocks!”

  1. One day I’ll get to Portland to experience this. I try to make a yearly trip because it’s such a marvelous town! This year, I’m going to Boise’s Winter Garden A Glow at the Botannical Center. Looking forward to it much!

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