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Door to Bethlehem
  • December 7, 2019 - December 8, 2019
  • Recurring daily
  • The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
  • 339 S. Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727
  • 301-447-6606
  • 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
  • $6/person; free for children ages 6 and under

    On the first Christmas Eve, Joseph and Mary wandered through the streets of Bethlehem, looking for shelter. All doors were shut to them. No one would welcome them into their home. In our busy lives today, we too may shut the door to our hearts on Jesus and His family.

    Open your heart and walk with Mary and Joseph through the Door to Bethlehem at the Seton Shrine in Emmitsburg, MD, on December 6-8.

    The Door to Bethlehem experience is based on the tradition of Las Posadas. A guide will lead the Door to Bethlehem tour, and you’ll walk with Mary and Joseph to various locations on the grounds of the Seton Shrine. At each site, you’ll witness the ways and excuses people use to reject Christ.

    The end of the walk will bring you to our Basilica, where you will pass through the Door to Bethlehem and experience a welcome like never before. The evening will conclude with time for quiet prayer and light refreshments.

    We welcome everyone to join us and make the Door to Bethlehem part of your family’s holiday traditions.

    Dates: December 6-8
    Times: December 6th at 5-7:30pm and December 7th and 8th at 4-6:30pm. Each night, a new walk begins every 15 minutes

    Cost: $6 per person; free for children 6 and under. Get tickets by emailing us at