On Saturday night we went to La Salette Shrine in Attleboro, MA to take in its Christmas Festival of Lights.
This amazing display of more than 300,000 lights has been a tradition for over 50 years at La Salette.
It truly is spectacular... there are seemingly endless illuminated Christmas displays on over 10 acres of land.
Our little group consisted of me and my husband Steve, my parents, Audrey and her three boys, and my 13-year-old cousin (what a trooper - he pushed Alex's stroller the whole time, despite his fingertips being nearly frostbitten... but 13-year-olds are too cool for jackets, you know!).
We arrived at La Salette at 4:30 PM, just as daytime turned to dusk. It was perfect because we were able to see all the lights turn on at 5 PM, to the cheers and delight of the entire crowd.
In fact, if you take the trip to La Salette for the Christmas Festival of Lights, I would highly recommend you arrive before 5 because as we left at 5:30, the line of cars to get in was well over a mile long!
One of the reasons that the Christmas Festival of Lights is such a popular destination - aside from its tradition and beauty - is that parking and admission is... are you ready for this?
You really can't do better for an outdoor winter activity with the family that happens to celebrate the season.
There is also an area where you can light a candle for $3, which Steve and I did, in honor of our incredibly loved and missed dog, Bismarck. Here's Steve lighting the candle (see his reflection in the glass?):
I'm just glad I was appropriately dressed:
(Sorry, had to include the sign...)