The Christmas Festival of Lights Opens Friday

The Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights is just four days away. Opening this Friday, Nov. 25, the annual event celebrates the true meaning of Christmas with music, lights and joy.

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, known for its cathedral-like acoustics. 

There are nightly puppet shows and caroling in the pavilion tent, and music all around the grounds. And don't forget the millions of lights! New this year - a giant, walk-thru Christmas tree.

So get your tickets now and consider taking advantage of our value nights.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets

Volunteers Needed for Festival

The Festival would not take place without our wonderful volunteers. We have both indoor and outdoor positions available. Most shifts last approximately three hours.

To learn more about the positions and to sign-up to volunteer, please click here.

For additional questions , please contact

Today's Hours of Operation

Grounds and Chapel: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Gift Shop: 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Upper Gardens: Last admission sold at 4 p.m.

Daily Mass

12 noon

Chapel of Mary

Complete Mass Schedule

Daily Recitation of the Rosary

Daily recitation of the Rosary at The Grotto will take place everyday, one half hour before each Mass.

Priest Office Hours

10-11:45 a.m.

Office is located inside the Visitor Center.

Presentation of Mary in the Temple

Oh, creative God, you always prepare those who you select for the special work of salivation so that one is prepared for the mission you have for them. Mary too was chosen and prepared to be the mother of Jesus. But you also prepare all of us for the role we are to play in the history of salvation in our life, to bring about the Kingdom of God. Give me the grace to give me the tools I will need to fulfill the call you chose for me to play in the coming of Your Kingdom. Give me the ability to work for all I can be for the sake of the Kingdom, for myself and others. I ask this in the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.


Enjoy the tranquil sounds of the fountain which sits beneath the statue of the Assumption of Mary in the Upper Gardens.

Gift Shop Hours: 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The Grotto Gift Shop carries a vast array of jewelry, home accessories, books, Rosaries, statuary, art, greeting cards and more. We invite you to come in and explore.

Vintage Corner at The Grotto Gift Shop

Come check out the Vintage Corner at The Grotto Gift Shop, where you can find previously-owned treasures. Check back often to see what is "old".

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