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'World's largest Christmas choral festival,' with more than 150 choirs, will perform over the course of 35 nights.

COURTESY PHOTO: THE GROTTO - The annual Christmas celebration at Portland's The Grotto begins Friday, Nov. 25, and runs through the end of the year. The Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights opens Friday, Nov. 25, at The Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights opens tonight at 8840 N.E. Skidmore St., Portland.

The annual event includes what is known as the world's largest Christmas choral festival. More than 150 choirs will perform over the course of 35 nights in the Chapel of Mary, with its cathedral-like acoustics, organizers said.

The festival includes nightly puppet shows, caroling in the pavilion tent and music throughout the grounds, plus a massive array of Christmas lights and — new this year — a giant, walk-through Christmas tree.

The festival will be open nightly through Dec. 30, except Christmas Day.

Tickets are available at Guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate for SnowCap, a local philanthropic organization providing food, clothing, advocacy and other services for people in need.

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