2016 Festival of Lights at the Washington, DC Mormon Temple

Christmas Lights at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints

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The Washington, DC 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. All events are free! Visitors are welcome to explore the Washington, DC Mormon Temple grounds and the Visitors’ Center and see a live outdoor nativity scene, an indoor exhibit of international nativity scenes and a selection of Christmas films.

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Dates and Times

December 3, 2016- January 3, 2017. Dusk to 10 p.m. nightly. Nativity scene is open each evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Live musical performances begin at 7 and 8 p.m.

To alleviate long lines, free tickets will be distributed for all performances in the main theater. Tickets will be available 90 minutes before the beginning of each performance.

Location and Directions

9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington, Maryland. From I-495, Exit Connecticut Ave. North. Turn Right on Beach Dr. Turn Left on Stoneybrook Dr. The temple is on the left.

Temple Shuttle provides a free shuttle service between the Forest Glen Metro stop and the Washington DC Temple grounds Tuesday through Friday evenings, 5:25-10:25 p.m.

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. To learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints, see www.lds.org.