Way of Lights 2021

After a year’s hiatus due to COVID-19, GtwLUG is proud to announce that we will once again be displaying seven days per week this holiday season at The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows as part of the Way of Lights activities.  Along with our usual many tables of smaller displays, this year we are planning on our largest LEGO city ever.  You won’t want to miss it!

IMPORTANT VENUE CHANGE NOTE: Unlike years past, this year we will be displaying in the Visitor’s Center, which is on the right just past the camel rides and kettle corn.  We will be in the former location of the restaurant.

We will be following the guidance of the Shrine and the State of Illinois for COVID-19 pandemic precautions and will have further details as we get closer to the date of the event.  Currently the Shrine is requiring masks for all visitors to indoor spaces, which would include our display.  Additionally, we’re gearing this year’s setup to allow visitors to follow a single path through the various tables and will have individual seek and finds at each table rather than one display-wide list of items to search for in order to encourage guests to stay with their groups and follow appropriate social distancing guidelines.  Based on traffic patterns from previous years, we recommend visiting the display earlier in the season and/or on a Monday through Thursday night if you wish to limit your exposure to larger crowds.

Hours, directions, and pictures from previous years’ displays are below.

November 19th – December 31st, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
(closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day)

Tickets are $5 for Adults and children 4 and over (children 3 and under are free).  Tuesday night is family night, and tickets are only $4.  Monday night veterans and active service military members can also get tickets for $4.

Visitor’s Center
The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
442 S. DeMazenod Dr.
Belleville, IL 62223

We’ll start setting up our models in early November, but here are some highlights from previous years’ displays.