We wish you all a blessed Christmas Eve!
Christmas Eve

Almighty Father,

Praise be your name! You have shown to us the great joy of Christmas: the birth of your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, Our Savior. May the Savior’s Light illumine each day and each heart with the light of virtue. May our hearts be filled with gladness, and may you make each one of us herald of the Good News that many people can come to recognize you as their Savior and receive the gift of peace and love. We ask this through Jesus, Our Savior, who is born to save us, he who lives and reigns forever and ever.


Fr. Leo Hambur, OSM
Christmas Eve Hours

Upper Gardens: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The Grotto Gift Shop: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Christmas Festival of Lights: 4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (grounds close at 10 p.m.)

Christmas Day

Gardens and shops are closed
Grounds open only for the 10 a.m. Mass
Christmas Eve 4 p.m. Mass
You must be pre-registered for this Mass - MASS IS FULL

Midnight Mass
12 midnight in the Chapel of Mary
Registration is not required for this Mass

Christmas Day Mass
10 a.m. in the Chapel of Mary
Registration is no required for this Mass
What can I do at The Grotto on Christmas Eve?

Visit the Upper Gardens

The Upper Gardens offer a peaceful sanctuary in the middle of a busy city. They are open from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. today.

The Nativity Scene is on Display

All are invited to come and visit the beautiful Nativity Scene, which is located on the lower level at The Grotto.

Trees of Hope

Write a prayer or message on our Trees of Hope in the Visitor Center.

Light a Candle

Cradles for candles are located next to The Grotto on the lower level. Candles which burn for seven days can be purchased in The Grotto Gift Shop or Visitor Center.

Visit The Grotto Gift Shop

The gift shop has lots of wonderful items for Christmas and for all the year. Do some last minute shopping all the way up until 10 p.m.

Visit the Christmas Festival of Lights!
Light a Candle for Christmas
If you are unable to visit in person, you may purchase a candle to be lighted at The Grotto. Your candle will burn for seven days in the outdoor cradles by The Grotto.

Your support will help The Grotto continue its ministry.
Click on the video and take a moment to relax and enjoy the serenity of the sanctuary, including the Nativity and its misty surroundings.