This is the second year that the Ave Maria Grotto in Cullman, Alabama is open during the Christmas season. Take a short drive to see the magic of Ave Maria Grotto surrounded by lights and Christmas music!
Located at 1600 St. Bernard Drive, SE in Cullman, The Ave Maria Grotto is a landscaped park that was once a four-acre quarry on the grounds of St Bernard Abbey. Brother Joseph Zoettl, a monk at the abbey is responsible for the creation of the grotto.
Over the span of approximately 50 years (1932-1961) Brother Joseph built over 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most world-famous religious structures and sites. Using discarded materials, he meticulously built the stone and concrete models into the wooded hillside of the area.
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The beauty of Brother Joseph’s work is especially magical at night during the Christmas season! This unique holiday experience has been expanded, now with newly added dates!
Coffee and cookies will be available every night throughout the event.
On December 19th, a Christmas Craft Fair will take place in the parking lot. Live musical performances will take place throughout the park. Admission prices will remain the same.
Dates and times:
December 10th, 11th, 12th – 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
December 17th and 18th – 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
December 19th – 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Plus Christmas Craft fair featuring artisans and live musical performances)
December 26th – 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
December 30th, 31st – 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Children under 3 years – FREE
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