As we prepare our hearts for the celebration of the birth of our Savior, we invite you to be a part of the special events here at the Basilica! Hear the festive melodies of the season in our Christmas Concert and Choral Meditations on the Nativity, volunteer to help those in need, or join us for Mass throughout Advent and Christmas. Learn more about what’s happening at the Basilica this December – virtually and in person!
Mass and Vespers – Each Sunday of Advent
As we anticipate the birth of the Messiah, join us in person or online for Mass, livestreamed each Sunday of Advent beginning November 27, at 12:00 p.m., and at 2:30 p.m. in Spanish.
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will provide meals for hundreds of poor, homeless, and elderly individuals living in the District of Columbia and surrounding areas on Christmas Day. Meals will be available for pick-up or delivery only. To request a Christmas Day dinner, please call 202-526-8300. All meal requests must be received by Friday, December 16th.
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception invites you to join us in celebrating our Patronal Feast Day, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Be part of the celebration in person or watch the Mass livestreamed at noon from nationalshrine.org/mass.
On Saturday, December 10, 2022, the Faithful of the Archdiocese of Washington will hold their annual Walk with Mary procession and Mass to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. All are welcome to join.
The Choir of the Basilica will offer a one-hour Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 17, at 7:00 p.m, in the Crypt Church of the National Shrine. The Christmas Concert is free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis with no ticketing, advanced registration, or reservations. All are welcome to attend!
Following in the Papal tradition in Saint Peter’s Square, the National Shrine will host its annual Blessing of the Bambinelli on Sunday, December 18, 2022, following the 4:30 p.m. Mass. The faithful are invited to bring the Baby Jesus from their Nativity scenes to be blessed at the National Shrine on this Fourth Sunday of Advent and the lighting of the Christmas Tree.
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception invites you to join us on December 24, as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception invites you to join us for the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord on December 25.