I say “spectacular,” because it’s the only way to describe this spot in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

I’ll be leading a weekend retreat at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette from December 2-4, 2022. The shrine is a lovely spot any time of the year, but during Advent and Christmas, it’s especially beautiful, as it becomes home to the annual Festival of Lights. 

As the shrine describes it:

Once again, the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette is looking forward to its 2022-23 Christmas Festival of Lights. Despite the pandemic, the war in Ukraine, natural disasters, climate change, and political turmoil, this year’s Festival will proclaim “JESUS CHRIST – THE LIVING LIGHT.” Generations of men and women have all declared that, even in times of darkness, His “LIVING LIGHT” is still shining ahead of us all.

In this spirit, all of us at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Attleboro, Massachusetts would like to welcome you to our 70th Annual Christmas Festival of Lights. Come visit us and allow more than 400,000 lights to brighten your spirits and join us in celebrating the One who is the “LIVING LIGHT” of the world. (See John 8:12)

You can learn more about the festival here. 

It runs from November 24 – January 1. Every evening, before the lights come on, there’s a brief prayer service.

If you’re interested in visiting just to see the lights, the shrine advises to get there early. As the sun sets and the lights come on, there can be quite a line of cars. And there’s plenty to do, besides marvel at the lights: the shrine has a creche museum, a gift shop, and food!

And, of course, for information on the retreat, visit this page.