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.

As always, enjoy the beauty of the Way of Lights, shop the Shrine Gift Shop, enjoy a snack and visit the Christmas Tree & Wreath Display.

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

Way of Lights Hours:

Indoor Activities 5 – 9 p.m. nightly
Outdoor Light Display 5-9 p.m. nightly

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

Way of Light 2020 Plush Animal

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 – Monday, November 30
More Information>>

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

Christmas Eve Mass
Thursday, December 24
5 & 8 p.m.

Christmas Day Mass
Friday, December 25
9 a.m.


Visitor Center

Christmas Tree Display – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

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

Wreath Auction – donate a wreath to be auctioned off, contact Liz at 618-397-6700 for more details.

Quilt made by Pat Brandmeyer, Albers, IL

Church Parking Lot 

Camel, Donkey & Pony rides, Petting Zoo, Kettle Corn & Refreshments
$6 for Camel Rides

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)
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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…