Story and Photos by Will Shaw
On November 18, 2016 the 47th Annual Way of Lights opened at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois.
After a blessing by Oblate Fathers David Uribe and Juan Gaspar, children from the Heartlink Organization were given the opportunity to “throw the switch” that powered up the two million lights decorating the wooded landscape of the Shrine.
After the switch is thrown the Shrine becomes a Christmas Wonderland of twinkling lights and light sculptures.
In addition to what’s shown, there is a display of Christmas wreaths, puppet shows, performances by local choirs and much more. Entrance to the Way of Lights and many of the activities are free to all and the display runs nightly through December 31, 2016