35 Year Celebration of the Festival of Lights
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.
However, 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.
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|