ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) – Thanksgiving dinner is over and that means the lights are on at La Salette in Attleboro.
The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette began its 65th annual Christmas Festival of Lights Thursday at 5 p.m., flipping the switch on 300,000 lights.
The even runs through January 6th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Attendees braved temperatures that dipped below 20 degrees.
“It’s been very warm from all the people,” Fr. Ted Brown, the Shrine Director, said. “They’re freezing, but they’re so happy to get out. For many families it’s the tradition – have your Thanksgiving dinner and then come to La Salette to see the lights.”
Things were a touch too cold for local celebrity Clopper the donkey, who lives on the grounds. He was brought inside Thursday for a respite from the biting cold but otherwise is in good health, Fr. Brown said.
Sadly, the shrine’s head electrician passed away suddenly about a month ago. His family, which includes a few other electricians, pitched in to make sure the display went ahead as planned.
They were on-hand to help light the display Thursday evening, which went off without a hitch.