Friday, November 20, 2020 – Thursday, December 31, 2020

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.

Due to COVID 19 Restrictions and Tier 3 Mitigation, the Visitor Center will be closed at 5 pm

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

DECEMBER 2, 2020
KTRS, The Talk of St. Louis with Art and Jennifer. Interview Fr. David Uribe, OMI, Director of the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

To listen to the interviews please click below:



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

Virtual Girls Day Out
Friday, November 20 – Sunday, December 20
More Information>>

Way of Lights Virtual Run
Friday, November 20 – Saturday, January 2, 2021
More Information>>

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

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

Marjorie Imming – 1940
Gateway East Artist Guild – 1920
Signature Suggs Enterprise – 1910
Walter Knoll Florist – 1900
Weingarten – 1980

Sawdust & Glitter – 1990


Visitor Center
Due to COVID 19 Restrictions and Tier 3 Mitigation,
the Visitor Center will be closed at 5 pm

Shrine Gift Shop – Open 10 am – 5 pm 

Quilt Raffle 

Take a Chance on this “Handmade Christmas Quilt”
Enter for a chance to win this beautiful Queen Size Quilt
Tickets only $5.00
Winner will be notified by phone, January 2, 2021
Place your chance at the Shrine Gift Shop or simply call:  618-394-6230
Quilt made by Pat Brandmeyer, Albers, IL

Christmas Trees Through the Decades

View online and in person 10 am – 5 pm
Walter Knoll Florist – 1900
Signature Suggs Enterprise – 1910
Gateway East Artist Guild – 1920
Marjorie Imming & Family – 1940
The Weingarten – 1980
Sawdust & Glitter – 1990

Quilt made by Pat Brandmeyer, Albers, IL

Wreath Auction

Wreaths are available to view online and in person 10 am – 5 pm
Place your bid online
Bidding will end Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm
Wreaths available for pick-up beginning Monday, December 21, 2020
If you want to pick up your wreath, please do not pay online, come to the Shrine Gift Shop and pay for your wreath.
Wreaths may be picked up at the Shrine Gift Shop from 10 am – 5 pm
Shrine Gift Shop is closed Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, Christmas Day Friday, December 25 and New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1, 2021.
If you want your wreath shipped, please pay online and 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.

Bid on a Beautiful Wreath Here

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 by the Food Tent on the Church Parking Lot.

Church Parking Lot 

Live Animals

Camel, Donkey & Pony rides, Petting Zoo – sponsored by Illinois American Water
$8 for Camel Rides


Kettle Corn
Grab N Go Carry-outs

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

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Be a Sponsor for the Way of Lights and You Will Have an Opportunity to…

  • Highlight your company as a proud supporter of a quality community event in the Midwest
  • Have your company name, logo and message seen by hundreds of thousands of people
  • Assist the Shrine in keeping the Way of Lights free to the community

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors…