35 Year Celebration of the Festival of Lights

November 25, 2012  
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It is that wonderful, magical time of year again when sleigh bells are ringing, carolers are singing, and people in general appear to be a bit more kind to one another. Once again shops are decorated with holiday decor and shoppers are beginning to make their holiday purchases for those special family members, friends, and loved ones.

Washington DC Temple grounds at ChristmasHowever, in the midst of all the merriment, everyone would be wise to remember the real reason that we celebrate the Christmas season. To help bring that reason to the forefront, each year the Washington D.C. Temple and Visitors’ Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly referred to as the Mormon Church) presents the annual Festival of Lights. This year marks the 35th anniversary. The festivities will begin on the evening of Friday, November 30, 2012, and will continue through the evening of Tuesday, January 1, 2013.

Nearly 600,000 multi-colored lights, featuring energy-saving LED technology, will illuminate the grounds of the Temple and Visitors’ Center at 9900 Stoneybrook Drive in Kensington, Maryland  from dusk until 10:00 P.M., and a life-size nativity scene, with narration of the Christmas story from the New Testament, will once again be a major attraction.

Inside the Visitors’ Center, an International Creche Exhibit featuring 85 nativity scenes from around the world will be open daily from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM. Musicians and performing groups from throughout the DC and Baltimore areas will present concerts at 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM every night in the 544 seat theater. All events are free to the public, and free tickets for the concerts will be distributed beginning 90 minutes before each performance.

“In addition to our annual Christmas decorations and programs, we have just completed a major renovation of the Visitors’ Center,”said Visitors’ Center Director Don Olsen. “We now have eight brand new exhibits featuring state of the art technology that help to explain the Church and its mission.

“Last December we had in excess of 91,000 visitors come to the Center to enjoy the Festival of Lights. We hope that this year we can welcome many more to celebrate the Season and to see all that is new in the Visitors’ Center.”

For more information about the Festival of Lights, please visit DC Temple Lights.

Additional Resources:

Mormon Families

Mormon Youth

The Lord Jesus Christ in Mormonism

The Bible in Mormonism


35th Annual Festival of Lights

Schedule of Nightly Musical Performances

Friday, November 30, 2012–Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Performances are 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM each night

Date Day of Week Event
30 November 2012 Friday Sandra Turley-A Broadway Christmas – (Vocalist)
1 December 2012 Saturday Jenny Oaks Baker – (Violinist)
2 December 2012 Sunday 7:00 p.m. – Janelle Parker – (Vocalist); 8:00 P.M. – Christmas Devotional Broadcast from Salt Lake City
3 December 2012 Monday Jenny Oaks Baker – (Violinist)
4 December 2012 Tuesday Brass of the Potomac – (Brass Ensemble)
5 December 2012 Wednesday Rockville Swing Band
6 December 2012 Thursday “Madrigal Lords and Ladies” – (McDonough High School Choir)
7 December 2012 Friday Capital Carillon – (Bell Choir)
8 December 2012 Saturday Suzuki Assoc. of the Greater Washington Area – (Flute Ensemble)
9 December 2012 Sunday Gene Summers and Rebecca Takemoto– (Vocalists)
10 December 2012 Monday Olney Big Band
11 December 2012 Tuesday Young Columbians Glee Club
12 deceber 2012 Wednesday Encore Singers of Montgomery Co. Maryland – (Mixed Chorus)
13 December 2012 Thursday Winter Song: a Women’s Double Trio
14 December 2012 Friday Singing Sensations Youth Choir
15 December 2012 Saturday Mormon Choir of Washington DC
16 December 2012 Sunday Mormon Orchestra of Washington DC
17 December 2012 Monday Voices of Triumph Choir of Alfred Street Baptist Church
18 december 2012 Tuesday Paul Cardall – (Pianist)
19 December 2012 Wednesday Shenandoah Junior Strings – (Children’s String Ensemble)
20 December 2012 Thursday Antoniak Sisters – a Musical Nativity – (Vocalists and Instrumentalists)
21 December 2012 Friday Jessica & Katelyn Lyons – (Violinists)
22 December 2012 Saturday Todd Thatcher – (Vocalist)
23 December 2012 Sunday Pacheco Family – (Vocalists and Instrumentalists)
24 December 2012 Monday Sister Missionaries – (Vocalists and Instrumentalists)
25 December 2012 Tuesday Voices 4 Contemporary Vocal Quartet
26 December 2012 Wednesday Harbor City Music Company Show Chorus
27 December 2012 Thursday Pickwick Players – (Vocal Ensemble)
28 December 2012 Friday Feliz Navidad – (Spanish Musical Variety)
29 December 2012 Saturday Trifecta – (Holiday Jazz Trio)
30 December 2012 Sunday Follow Your Dream Singers – (“Scrooge, the Musical”) – (Vocalists)
31 December 2012 Monday Washington Guzheng Society – (Chinese Instrumentalists)
1 January 2013 Tuesday Olney Concert Band


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