Sanctuary Lantern Tours



“Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey.” – Pope Francis

Guided Spiritual Tours

Enjoy a very special evening touring The Grotto at dusk or in darkness.

Begin your tour outside the Visitor Center, where you will meet your guide and receive lantern (battery operated) to use to help guide your way,

On your tour you will experience the beauty of the Via Matris at night, the magnificent cultural shrines on the shrine path, St. Anne’s Chapel, and the spectacular nighttime view from the Meditation Chapel.

You will also have an opportunity to view The Grotto and the Christus Statue in the evening light, and have time to spend in the Chapel of Mary.

There will be time for prayer and reflection.

Your evening will conclude with hot cider in the plaza to warm you up.

The guided tours are limited to 8 guests per tour, so we can maintain safe social distancing. The tours will last between 60-75 minutes.

These tours will take place rain or shine, so dress for the weather.

We are offering some tours at dusk, and others in darkness. The paths are uneven, so we suggest good walking shoes.

This tour is wheelchair accessible, but there is some incline on the path leading to the elevator which takes guests up to the Upper Gardens.

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Tickets are $25 per person. Proceeds will help The Grotto stay open through the winter months. Without the Festival of Lights, we need your support more than ever.

To purchase tickets, click the date and time you choose. All tours are in darkness except where noted.

  • Saturday, Dec. 19, 4 p.m. (dusk and darkness) – FULL
  • Saturday, Dec. 19, 5 p.m. – FULL
  • Saturday, Dec. 19, 6 p.m. – FULL
  • Sunday, Dec. 20, 4 p.m. (dusk and darkness) – FULL
  • Sunday, Dec. 20, 5 p.m. – FULL
  • Sunday, Dec. 20, 6 p.m. – FULL
  • Wednesday, Dec. 23, 4 p.m. (dusk and darkness) – FULL
  • Wednesday, Dec. 23, 5 p.m. – FULL
  • Wednesday, Dec. 23, 6 p.m. – FULL