Villa Maria “Festival of Lights”

November 28, 2014 all-day
Villa Maria Retreat
Old Frontenac
Florence, MN 55026
Sharon KurtzahnE-mail

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle”           St. Francis of Assisi
The Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center located just off the Great River Road in historic Old Frontenac, 8 miles South of Red Wing, MN,  will hold their annual “ Festival Of Lights” on November 29, 2014.
 The festival celebrates the coming holytide by lighting the driveway to Marian Hall with luminaries. Near the entrance doors, the fragrance of fresh evergreen boughs,  surround the outdoor nativity awaiting the arrival of the Christ Child.  Candles illuminate the windows of Marian Hall beckoning visitors to the beautiful musical performance inside the chapel.  Over 100 candle-lit nativities displayed beneath the stained glass windows, provide a breath taking visual. 
After the concert, visitors will follow the luminary- lit walkway to Ursuline Hall to socialize and enjoy hot apple cider, bread puddings and decadent desserts.
The nativities, collected from several countries, will stay on display throughout the holiday season until mid January 2015.
For information about the “Festival of Lights”, to view the nativities, and for other events offered throughout the year at the Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center, contact us at 651-345-4582 or visit, or  facebook.