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Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
Published on Wednesday October 21, 2020 - 8:50 AM
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2020 Christmas Celebration

The Grotto’s Christmas celebration will be different this year.

We will not host our usual evening lighting event (The Christmas Festival of Lights) due to Covid-19 and our concern for the health and safety of our guests, volunteers, staff and neighbors.

However, we invite everyone to join us for Christmas at The Grotto during our usual daytime hours, where we will share and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.

All activities on the lower level are free to everyone, our gift to the community.

Beginning the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through New Year’s Day, visitors can:

  • Visit the Nativity
  • Walk the path and listen to the story of the birth of Jesus
  • Write wishes and prayers on the Trees of Hope
  • Visit the Chapel of Mary
  • Light a candle
  • Take a holiday photo in one of the great photo op spots
  • Do some Christmas shopping in The Grotto Gift Shop

Additionally, those who purchase admission to our scenic Upper Gardens will enjoy some special seasonal decorations.

There will be extra outdoor activities on the weekends, which will be announced soon. Visit The Grotto's website in the upcoming days.

For more information, contact

Virtual Advent Celebration

The Grotto will also be hosting a daily Virtual Advent Celebration, which will include activities, reflections, music, memories and much more. This will be particularly enjoyable for those who love the Festival of Lights, which we hope will return next year.

Anyone interested in participating in the Virtual Advent Celebration can sign up at to receive the daily emails during Advent.

The Virtual Advent Celebration will begin on the first day of Advent.