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Way of Lights

You wanna give the kids a thrill? Take 'em to a Christmas display on a Tuesday night. The Way of Lights at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows (442 South Demazenod Drive, Belleville, Illinois; 618-397-6700 or www.snows.org) offers discounts on Tuesdays, and you can avoid the heavy crowds that arrive on the weekend. There's a petting zoo, Christmas tree and wreath displays, a new display of secular scenes crafted out of Legos, and the ever-popular life-size Nativity scene crafted out of Lego blocks — it's a show-stopper. You can even eat dinner there thanks to the open-every-night buffet. The Way of Lights is open 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday through December 31, but closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is free, but some activities require a fee.

— Paul Friswold

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