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2023 Washington D.C. Temple Christmas Lights Details

One of my family’s traditions every holiday season is going to see the Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights, aka the Mormon Temple. Located in Kensington, Maryland, the Festival of Lights at the Washington D.C. Temple is open to the public and you can walk the grounds to see hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights!

2023 Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights 

For 2023, the Festival of Lights at the Washington DC Temple and Visitors’ Center runs from November 30 – January 1. The DC Temple Christmas Light Hours are from 4:45 PM – 9:00 PM.

During the Washington DC Temple Lights, you can enjoy over 400,000 Christmas lights as well as beautiful Créche displays featuring nativities from around the world. Each night there is also a holiday performance inside the auditorium in the Visitors’ Center.

DC Mormon Temple Christmas Lights

D.C. Mormon Temple Christmas Lights Parking

Parking for the Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights is free. No tickets or reservations are needed this year, so parking is first come, first served. 

If you are driving north on Stoneybrook, the first entrance on the left is the Visitors’ Center, the second is the Temple, and the third is the Stake Center.

Visitors’ Center – 9900 Stoneybrook Dr.
Temple – 9900 Stoneybrook Dr.
Stake Center (overflow) – 10000 Stoneybrook Dr. 

DC Temple Lights Parking Map

DC Temple Festival of Lights 2020

Sometimes traffic can back up, so we like to go early when possible. 

DC Mormon Temple Lights Drive Thru

D.C. Temple Festival of Lights Performance Schedule 2023

This year no tickets will be given out for the musical performances at the Washington DC Visitors Center. All of the concerts are free and begin at 7 PM, with a couple groups having two performances. See the schedule below. 

My family and I have always enjoyed these holiday performances; each group is so talented, and it really puts you in the holiday spirit. 

The theater doors usually open about 30 minutes prior to performances, but the line to enter for large events will begin earlier than that. Some performers have quite the following, so if you have a favorite, make sure to get there early to get a seat. 

November 30

7 PM – Cathedral Brass Band

December 1

7 PM – Market Street Band

December 2

4:30 PM – Washington Area Suzuki Flutes

December 2

7 PM – Todd Family – Harp, Piano, & Strings

December 3

7 PM – Concert with Melinda Baird

December 4

7 PM – Greenbelt Concert Band

December 5

7 PM – Capital Accord Chorus

December 6

7 PM – Spencerville Ringers

December 7

7 PM – Sforza Suzuki Strings

December 8

5:30 PM – Capital Carillon Handbell Choir

December 8

7 PM – Capital Carillon Handbell Choir

December 9

4:30 PM – Suzuki Children’s Orchestra Performance

December 9

7 PM – Mutual Agreement

December 10

7 PM – Concert with Sandra Turley and Friends

December 11

7 PM – Alex Fuhriman, Devin Toma, & Johnathan Austin: Three-part Noel

December 12

7 PM – Rockville Chorus

December 13

7 PM – Harbor City Music Company

December 14

7 PM – D.C. Temple Choir

December 15

7 PM – Piano Concert with Ethan Vinodh

December 16

7 PM – Polynesian Performers

December 17

7 PM – Capitol Sound Strings

December 18

7 PM – Takoma Park Community Band

December 19

7 PM – Greater Washington Bel Canto Singing Salon

December 20

7 PM – Northern Lights Concert

December 21

7 PM – Colesville Interfaith Choir

December 22

7 PM – D.C. Temple Orchestra

December 23

7 PM – Bernadette & Winston Charles

December 24

7 PM – A Magical Christmas Eve

December 25

7 PM – Missionary Christmas Performance

December 26

7 PM – Hill Family Singers & Friends

December 27

7 PM – Coro Latin Choir

December 28

7 PM – Ecuadorian Band Concert

December 29

7 PM – Baxter Family Bluegrass

December 30

7 PM – Starlight Art Ensemble

December 31

7 PM – Scotland Mass Choir

January 1

7 PM – Onley Big Band

Créches from Around the World at the DC Temple Festival of Lights

One of my favorite things about the Festival of Lights is looking at all the Creches and Nativities depicting the birth of Christ from around the world. Here are some from years past.

international crèches and nativity sets from Israel found at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center

international crèches and nativity sets found at the Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights

international crèches and nativity set from Bolivia in the Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights

international crèches and nativity set from Uganda in the Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights

Model of the Washington D.C. Temple

Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights FAQs

Does the Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights cost anything?

No, it’s free! So come with your families and friends and enjoy the lights.

Who can attend the Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights?

Anyone! Everything is free and open to the public of all ages. So come with friends, family, neighbors, and enjoy the holiday festivities. 

Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center
9900 Stoneybrook Drive
Kensington, Maryland 20895
(301) 587-0144

Visitors' Center at the Washington D.C. Temple Lights

Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights

Enjoy the season and happy holidays!

All you need to know about visiting the Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights. Perfect for holiday travel in the Virginia, Maryland, and DC area. Beautiful holiday lights perfect for family travel and travel with kids!

dc temple christmas lights 2023

 

Peter Joynes

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

What day is the very last day anyone can visit the Mormon Temple Lights show for 2020?

tanialamb

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

The last day they were doing the drive-though lights this year was December 28th.

Pam

Friday 25th of December 2020

Do they do the lights on Christmas?

tanialamb

Friday 25th of December 2020

They do!

Liz

Saturday 30th of November 2019

Thanks sooo much for all this info on Temple lites and events schedule! Couldn’t find dates elsewhere. A wonderful Christmastime to you and family!

tanialamb

Saturday 30th of November 2019

Thank you! I hope you enjoy them!

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Jenny

Sunday 3rd of December 2017

Omg how awesome. Llevaré a mis pequeños. thanks for the Info

tanialamb

Sunday 3rd of December 2017

Yes! You definitely should! I want to go when they have the Polynesian Dancers!