Festival of Lights at the Washington, D.C. Mormon Temple

Rachel Cooper

The Washington, D.C. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as the Mormon Temple, is open to all during the Christmas season. This impressive church and its surrounding grounds shine brightly with more than 450,000 sparkling Christmas lights. Each night, a different local musical group performs a live concert in a state-of-the-art theater. Visitors are welcome to explore the Washington, D.C. Mormon Temple grounds and the Visitor Center and check out the live outdoor nativity scene, an indoor exhibit of international nativity scenes and a selection of Christmas films.

The Festival of Lights will be on from December 5 through January 4, 2019. All nightly performances occur in the indoor theatre and are free to attend. However, you will need to reserve your ticket in advance. This is a must-see holiday attraction that brings more than 200,000 visitors from around the capital region.

About the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

More than 14 million people are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It is a restoration of New Testament Christianity as taught by Jesus and his apostles and its basic values of morality, civility, and family are similar to those of most other Christian faiths. Mormons believe in both the Old and New Testaments. They use additional scriptures, including the Book of Mormon, to offer insight into questions about the nature of God, salvation, and the atonement. The church is actively involved in the civic affairs of communities and encourages its members to be responsible citizens.

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