Christmas Ambience in Lourdes


Did you ever travel to Lourdes in advent season or even on Christmas Eve?

If not, you missed one of the most beautiful times to visit this exceptional place. Make sure to plan now for advent and Christmas 2022. Here are our recommendations for this special time of the year:

  • During winter and Christmas time, the Sanctuary of Lourdes become quiet and peacefull: discover it in a new light. At night, on fridays, saturdays and sundays, huge torchlight processions move on to rosary masses in front of the Grotto with candles, a true moment of contemplation. The Grotto and basilicas illuminated at night take new appearances. Special ceremonies and masses on the 24th and 25th of december permit to celebrate Christmas in a calm and warm ambiance.
  • In the Sanctuary but also in each church of Lourdes like the parish church du Sacré Cœur, nativity scenes are displayed. In the Sanctuary’s basilicas, you can discover three cribs from the artist Emilio Burri, showing three places connected to Bernadette Soubirous.
  • In the city center, lights illuminating the monuments in a very festive way and the big christmas tree on the market place permit to enjoy a festive moment with family and friends. Discover a true winter wonderland when mountains around Lourdes are dusted by snow, giving the landscape a piece of magic. The Christmas market gather local producers and creators during two days in mid december : traditional pastries, soups, meat, vegetables and dishes permit to have all the ingredients for a perfect local Christmas dinner. Release lanterns into the sky, christmas tales for children or Santa’s visit… a lot of beautiful moments will take place in Lourdes during this christmas time !