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Our Lady of La Salette Shrine Christmas Light Display

Imagine driving down the road in a small country town, say, Route 118 in Attleboro, Massachusetts. It's dark and the road is windy. As you are driving, you begin to see a strange phenomenon in the distance; multicolored lights, and a lot of them!

As you get closer you realize that this is no alien invasion. This is the Annual Lighting of the Trees at La Salette Shrine! Many families come each year to gaze in awe at the spectacle of lights. Some families come from very far away just to experience this beautiful place. There is tons to see and do.

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A Quick History of La Salette

This National Shrine is dedicated to the Apparition of Mary, the Blessed Mother of Jesus Christ which occurred in September of 1846, to two young shepherd children in a small corner of the French Alps.

On September 19 of that year, Mary the Blessed Mother of Jesus appeared to these two young children and gave them a message to share with the world.

The message was that of Reconciliation and in 1852 the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette was founded to keep the memory of the Apparition alive.

This Mission spread from Hartford, Connecticut all the way to Wisconsin, Texas, and California. Follow this article for a brief history of the Shrine and to see Video and Photos of this beautiful Christmas Light Display!


Sanatorium Facts

The Original Sanatorium Had:

  • 475,709 Bricks
  • 309 Windows
  • 3,254 Window Panes
  • 21 Fire Places
  • 200 Rooms
  • 27 Miles of Electrical Wire!
  • 1,800 Electric Lights!
  • Cost: $400,000

So Why Attleboro, MA?

Why did Attleboro, Massachusetts become the site for the Shrine?

A man named James Solomon from Attleboro was a "Doctor" of sorts. Although not a licensed Medical Doctor, Mr. Solomon was known as a "Healer" using Herbal Remedies. His purpose was to find a cure for cancer and he believed it was possible through the use of Herbs and Roots.

He owned the property where the Shrine is now located and he decided to build a place that people could come and pray for healing.

In 1901, the project was underway and was funded by local businesses. The Sanitarium was completed and dedicated on April 25, 1903 and was celebrated with music and parades.

The most noticeable thing about this place was all the lights, which was very rare in the early years of electric lighting.


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Unfortunately, Solomon ran out of money and couldn't maintain the place so the Methodist Church purchased it in 1919 and changed the name to "Attleboro Springs". There is a natural Spring Water spring there and they saw that name fit until they too couldn't maintain the grounds and closed it down in 1938.

The La Salette Missionaries bought the property in 1942 and used it as a Seminary. The Shrine was erected between 1952 and 1953 and the original statue is still on the site where people can view it in the New Theater lobby.

The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette was officially opened on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 1953. There was fireworks, a Nativity Scene and over 5,000 people showed up for the event.

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La Salette Shrine in Modern Times

La Salette Shrine has grown from one man's idea into a place that many people, over 500,000 per year in one month, come to visit to see the Spectacular Lights. The Shrine boasts over 300,00 lights and seems to grow each year. The Shrine is in the process of changing over to "Green" technology to be more environmentally friendly, as well as saving money. Although they won't say how much the electric bill is at the Shrine, we can imagine that it is a lot! The Shrine always welcomes donations.

Additional Information

  • The Shrine boasts a Large Gift Shop

  • During Christmas there are many activities including a Carousel, Hot Beverages, and many other Treats!

In November of 1999 a tragic fire ripped through the grounds at La Salette and took with it a Dear Priest and "Solomon's Sanatorium" was destroyed. The caretakers immediately took action and within a year, the "Church of Our Lady of La Salette" was dedicated on September 19, 2000.

There is an irony in the air regarding all the light that has shone on these sacred grounds for so many years to be destroyed in a single night by a greater light of fire. The faithful are strong however, and so time passes by and the number of visitors to the Shrine increases every Christmas Season. This is a great place to visit with your friends and family during the Holiday Season! Hope to see you there!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Wow, wish I were there to see all that beauty in person. Fortunately, we have similar lighting extravaganzas near where I live. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks alocsin! It really is beautiful to see! I am glad that you have a similar lighting experience where you live. It is so relaxing and enjoyable to see all the lights and for families to take time out of the real world and be together. I appreciate your votes and thank you for reading and commenting!

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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Ah, beautiful! And the story behind it is fascinating. Thank you, J.S.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thank you Paradise7! I appreciate you reading and commenting!

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E Padro 4 years ago from United States

This is a great jub. Very detailed and useful information. It looks like a great place to visit and enjoy. Thank you for sharing it with us. Excellent photos.


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livelonger 4 years ago from San Francisco

Wow, I had no idea that something like this even existed. Gorgeous, and a very nice job capturing it all. :)


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@E Padro: It really is an amazing place! It is even better when there is snow but it doesn't look like that will happen this year! I appreciate your comment!

JSMatthew~


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@livelonger: Thanks for your comment! It is so nice to spend time with the family there. Thanks for stopping by!

JSMatthew~


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Sounds similar to the light display at Our Lady of Snows Shrine in Belleville IL near where I live. They have a beautiful display each year that is very popular


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Absolutely beautiful and the story so interesting, thank you for sharing, best wishes for a Merry Christmas, MM


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Danette Watt: That's cool that you have something like this near you. It really is pretty and somewhat magical! Thanks for the comment!

JSMatthew~


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Movie Master: Thanks for the comment! I wish you a Merry Christmas as well!

JSMatthew~


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Agnes Penn 4 years ago from Nicholson, Pennsylvania, USA

Wonderful to see how people can rise out of misfortunes with their faith intact and lit up! Great hub and it's on my list of places to visit.

Merry Christmas!


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

I hope you get to see it some time Agnes Penn! It truly is a wonderful place. Thanks for the comment!

JSMatthew~


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi J.S.

I wished I lived closer so I could see this beautiful Christmas light display.

Voted up and away!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hello Sueswan! Unfortunately, Ontario is quite a ways from Attleboro, MA! It really is a beautiful site. Thanks for stopping by and for voting away! Merry Christmas to you and yours as well!

JSMatthew~

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