Friday, November 18, 2022 – Saturday, December 31, 2022

Wintertime sparkles at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows as the Annual Way of Lights Christmas display illuminates the grounds. Since 1970, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate have invited one and all to make the Way of Lights a part of their family tradition. This breathtaking display focuses on the birth of Christ, the one true light of the world.

Donations are accepted to help us continue bringing this family tradition to our community each year.

Check back periodically for updates.

Way of Lights Hours:

Outdoor Light Display 5-9 pm nightly

Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas & New Year’s Day. (Outdoor light display will remain open.)

Military Mondays

Show your military ID to get: $1 off a camel ride

Discount is for the immediate family members of military personnel.

Family Night Tuesdays

Tuesday is a fabulous night to visit the Way of Lights to avoid large crowds and enjoy discounts on activities such as camel rides!

Family Night Discounts:

  • Kettle Corn – $.50 off any size
  • Camel and Pony Rides – $1.00 off
  • Buy one, get one free on carrots to feed the animals

Special Events & Activities

Christmas Eve Mass
Saturday, December 24
5 pm – Livestreamed available at
8 pm

Christmas Day Mass
Sunday, December 25
9 am – Livestreamed available at

Way of Lights Run
More Information
Sunday, January 1, 2023


Visitor Center – Remember Face Masks Required Indoors in the State of Illinois

Shrine Gift Shop – open 10 am – 9 pm during Way of Lights

Quilt Raffle

Homemade Queen Size Quilt, created by Patricia Brandmeyer, Albers, IL
Raffle Tickets available at Shrine Gift Shop during Way of Lights
$5 a Chance
Call 618.394.6230 or come in person to purchase your raffle ticket

Christmas Trees 

12 professionally decorated trees to the Twelve Days of Christmas theme

Open 12 Noon – 9 pm Daily

Lego™ Brick Display

Gateway Lego Users Group is a group of adults who enjoy building with LEGO® brand building blocks.
This group has a huge display planned including their largest city ever. There is something for everyone to look, see and marvel at their creativity.
Admission is $5.

PLEASE NOTE – The Lego Brick Display will be set up in the Visitor’s Center

Community Performances

Come enjoy the live performances by area bands, choirs, vocalists, dancers, and puppeteers!
Click below to see the performance schedule or to register your group’s appearance.

Wreath Auction

Wreaths are available to view online and in person
Place your bid in person, or over the phone.
Bidding will end Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 8:59 pm
Wreaths available for pick-up beginning Monday, December 19, 2022
Wreaths may be picked up at the Shrine Gift Shop from 10 am – 9 pm
Shrine Gift Shop is closed Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25 and New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2023.

If you want your wreath shipped, you will also need to pay the shipping charge. Your wreath will be mailed out to you.
Thank you for participating in the Wreath Auction.
All proceeds help to bring the Way of Lights free to the community.

Prior to COVID, there were more than 368,000 people living in the Foodbank’s 26-county service territory (14 in Missouri and 12 in Illinois) in need of food assistance. Mounting job losses, furloughs, and kids being out of school for extended periods of time have caused the number of people going hungry in our community to rise. Many are seeking food assistance for the first time. The Foodbank has distributed 43% more food this year compared to the same time period last year. Since the middle of March, the organization has helped provide more than 26 million meals.

Join us in helping serve those in need this holiday season.

Drop off your canned goods in the collection barrels at the Shrine Visitors Center.

Church Parking Lot

Live Animals

Camel, Donkey & Pony rides, Petting Zoo
$8 for Camel Rides


Kettle Corn – Hot Chocolate

Carriage Rides

Sunday – Friday – (No Saturdays) 6 person carriage ride – $65
10 person carriage ride – $100
by St. Louis Carriage Company, call 314-621-3334 for reservations


Directions to the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
442 S. DeMazenod Dr., Belleville, IL 62223
(Located on IL State Highway 15 east)
Get Directions


Directions to the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
442 S. DeMazenod Dr., Belleville, IL 62223
(Located on IL State Highway 15 east)
Get Directions