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Step back in time at the Shrine’s Christmas Living History program…

Dec. 1-8 (evenings) Dec. 9 (day)

Revisit the past in a whole new way during this incredible living history experience!

The year is 1818. You’re 15 years old and away at boarding school over Christmas for the first time. But this isn’t just any school – it’s Mother Seton’s school. This Christmas is bound to be unforgettable!

In the spirit of Advent, discover and take part in the evening activities the students are wrapped up in, from preparing for their Nativity Play to sharing stories on how saints inspire saints, like St. Lucy and St. Nicholas!

Stroll down illuminated walkways to encounter and see the historic homes of Mother Seton, each tastefully decorated for the season.

Come to Candlelight Tours to find joy and comfort within the Academy which adds a measure of brightness to the long and dark wintertime.

Guided tours will take place every half hour from 4pm-6:30pm. The Visitor Center, Basilica and Gift Shop will be open until 7:30pm each night.

Tickets: Tickets are $8/adult, $6/youth ages 7-18 and free for children ages 6 and under. For questions, call us at 301-447-6606.

Dates: Dec. 1-8 (And Dec. 9 all day)
Times: 4:00-6:30pm, with a walk beginning every half hour
Tickets are $8, $6/youth ages 7-18, FREE for children 6 and under

Get Your Tickets Today!

Select the date and time that works for you, and you will be directed to a check out page.

Extended Gift Shop hours!