One of my family’s traditions every holiday season is going to see the Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights. The lights are gorgeous, and there are always two nightly shows of different performers inside the theater in the Visitors’ Center at 7 p.m. and 8:30 pm.
The temple grounds glow with over 650,000 different colored lights December 1st through January 1st. There is still time to visit!
Créches from Around the World
Inside the Visitors’ Center, you’ll also find Christmas Trees decorated with different international themes and an exhibit of crèches from around the world. That’s another reason I love to visit. I’ve always loved Nativity Sets and seeing international ones make me feel connected to other part of the world.
Those are just a small sample of the créches you’ll see while visiting the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Missionaries are available to answer any questions for you or give you a tour. Many speak different languages. While you may not tour the temple itself if you are just visiting, there is a model of the inside of the Washington D.C. temple if you’ve been curious what’s inside.
Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights Information
The Visitors’ Center of the Washington D.C. Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Festival of Lights runs until January 1.
Concert tickets are handed out at the Visitors’ Center 60 minutes before each performance on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals may pick up tickets for the other members of their party. Check the Visitors’ Center schedule for the performances.
Everything is free and open to the public.
Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center
9900 Stoneybrook Drive
Kensington, Maryland 20895
It can get crowded, so if you want to see a concert, I suggest arriving early to get your tickets. Then you can enjoy the grounds while you wait. There is a parking lot at the Visitors’ Center, at the Temple, and an overflow at a nearby church building which is a short walk away.
My favorite place to take a photo is by the small reflecting pool outside of the Visitors’ Center. It’s fun to look back at all the pictures of the girls as they grow up.
Make some time to visit! It’s one of my most favorite places in the world. In fact, I was married here. The best is watching the diversity of people come through here. People with their families from different cultures. Different faiths. Different backgrounds. I always hear numerous languages being spoken, and it makes me smile every time.