One of my family’s traditions every holiday season is going to see the Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights. Located in Kensington, Maryland, the Festival of Lights at the Washington D.C. LDS Temple is open to the public to walk around the grounds. 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. This is a wonderful free family holiday activity in the D.C. area
2018 Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights
Although the actual D.C. Temple is closed for refurbishment, the temple grounds will glow with over 650,000 different colored lights November 29 through January 1st in 2018.
Créches from Around the World at the Festival of Lights
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 parts 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, 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
What are the hours of the The Visitors’ Center of the Washington D.C. Temple?
The Visitors’ Center 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 1st 2019. A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including groups such as bell ensembles, choirs, and orchestras.
Does the Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights cost anything?
No, it’s free! So are the concert tickets. Some of my favorite performances have been by the Latino Coro, Polynesian Dancers, and the Sister Missionaries. I may be a little biased since I was a Sister Missionary myself once.
You can reserve concert tickets in advance at Eventbrite.com Festival of Lights 2018. Tickets will also be available one hour before events at the Visitors’ Center. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals may pick up tickets for other members of their party. Check the Visitors’ Center schedule for the performances.
Who can attend the Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights?
Anyone! Everything is free and open to the public of all ages.
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 construction, so parking may be limited and available at a chapel nearby.
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.
Come visit the Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights and get in the holiday spirit!