The Christmas Festival of Lights Opens Friday

The Grotto's Christmas Festival of Lights is just three 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 [email protected].

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. and

3-5 p.m.

Office is located inside the Visitor Center.

Do Not Be Afraid 

All Powerful God, today we celebrate the Memorial of St. Cecilia, a martyr in the early Roman Church. Give me the grace today to not be afraid of what is to come. Our Gospel for today gives us a dire warning of things to come, but also assures me that by my perseverance I will secure my life. Give me the grace today, Lord, to trust that my life rests in your hands, and for the ability to offer you thanks in prayer and humility for the patient endurance needed to be constantly be aware of your care.

Keep me aware that my life is always in your hands, and you are always with me to meet all that comes to pass. I ask in the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.


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".

Online Shop

View just one of the magnificent evergreens which stand tall at The Grotto.