Festival of Lights

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My favorite activity in Portland occurred on our last night in town. We attended the Festival of Lights at the Grotto. First of all, we got lost heading to the event so we ended up getting there an hour later than usual. We were still a little lost once we got on the bus, but the driver was super nice and dropped us off right in front of the Grotto.

The Festival of Lights has more than 500,000 lights, nightly choral performances, a petting zoo, carolers, wacky puppet shows and AH-MAZING hot chocolate (this helped since it was rainy and cold).

The Grotto is a Catholic shrine and botanical garden and the lights were woven around the entrance to give you a interesting view as you walked to the sanctuary and Our Lady’s Grotto, which has a life-size marble replica of Michelangelo’s Pieta at the center of a rock cave at the base of a 110-foot cliff.

Here’s some pictures of the event:

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The Beati Chorum Ambassador

The Beati Chorum Ambassador

Our Lady of Lavang Parish Choir

Our Lady of Lavang Parish Choir

Jesuit Father Pierre Jean De Smet used this Marian devotional shrine in his missionary work in Oregon during the early to mid 1800s. It was later passed through religious leaders and their family members until it was donated to the Grotto in 2000.

Jesuit Father Pierre Jean De Smet used this Marian devotional shrine in his missionary work in Oregon during the early to mid 1800s. It was later passed through religious leaders and their family members until it was donated to the Grotto in 2000.

Created in 1997, the statue of Mother with Christ Child was made from an old Catalpa tree.

Created in 1997, the statue of Mother with Christ Child was made from an old Catalpa tree.

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Haha, this puppet show was so sad, it was great! It had us rolling with laughter and repeating quotes the whole way back. The show was about a lion who had to learn to be a friend before he could gain friends.

Haha, this puppet show was so sad, it was great! It had us rolling with laughter and repeating quotes the whole way back. The show was about a lion who had to learn to be a friend before he could gain friends.

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