ROYAL OAK — Christmas cheer was in the air Dec. 4 outside the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak as families gathered for the second annual “Light Up Shrine!” community Advent celebration.
Complete with horse-drawn carriage rides, Christmas carols, hot chocolate, and s’mores — not to mention lots of Christmas lights — clergy, parishioners and community members enjoyed one another’s company and rang in the season with the lighting of the basilica’s life-size Nativity.
“There were more than 1,000 people here,” said Fr. Mark Livingston, associate pastor of Shrine. “It’s been great letting people get comfortable being around the church and folks who go to church.”