About the 38th Annual Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area's great community traditions. Beginning December 3rd, the Festival features free performances nightly in the comfortable, state-of-the-art theater located in the Visitors' Center.

A different performing artist or group is showcased each night, including bell ensembles, choirs, orchestras, and more! Each performance is presented at least twice nightly.

The Visitors' Center of the Washington D.C. Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

  • Temple grounds glow with 600,000 lights
  • Nightly performances in indoor theater
  • Christmas trees decorated in international themes
  • Exhibit of crèches from around the world
  • Life-sized outdoor nativity


    1. Lords and Ladies of McDonough Choir

      This prize winning Chamber Choir has performed in many venues including the Kennedy Center.  Enjoy these talented vocalists as they perform in the madrigal style.

    1. Northern Lights Swing Band

      A traditional Big Band whose repertoire includes the music of Glen Miller, Artie Shaw, and a great variety of other dance music through the generations.

    1. Washington DC Temple Orchestra

      Music to remember the birth of the Savior and the holiday spirit.  Enjoy the universal gift of music and reflect on what is important.

    1. First Presidency Christmas Devotional Broadcast from Salt Lake City

      Mormon Tabernacle Choir and spoken words by General Authorities and officers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    2. Melinda Baird & Shaundra Culatta “Joy, Joy, for Christ is Born!” 

      Prepare for the First Presidency Christmas Devotional by listening to inspirational, familiar Christmas classics by this mother-daughter duo.

    1. Baxter Family

      Accomplished violinist, SaraLyn, husband Eric and their 7 children play banjo, mandolin, guitar and fiddles for an upbeat and fun concert.

    1. Pickwick Singers “The Christ Child”

      A double-quartet of singers and actors who sing acapella in a variety of styles, and with engaging readings and stories to enhance their music.

    1. Six Degree Singers

      A vibrant choir of young adult performers dedicated to making quality music.  They have been featured in events all around the D.C. metro area.

    1. Woodbridge Flute Choir “Favorite Songs of Christmas”

      Members of the group play a variety of flutes.  They have played in different states and at the National Flute Association Convention.

    1. Singing Sensations

      A youth choir composed of pre-kindergarten students through twelfth grade from Baltimore area public schools.  They provide refreshing, energizing and heart-warming performances.

    1. The Mormon Choir of Washington DC

      A Festival of Lights tradition for many years, this group has performed throughout the area.  They perform songs of faith befitting the Christmas season.

    1. Savior of the World—His Birth

      An accomplished group of performers make this musical a wonderful, enjoyable and spiritual experience for the Christmas Season.

    1. Savior of the World—His Birth

      An accomplished group of performers make this musical a wonderful, enjoyable and spiritual experience for the Christmas Season.

    1. Annalee Whitehead

      A piano soloist who has been a teacher and performer in the Washington area for 15 years.  She did graduate work in music at the University of Maryland.

    1. Harbor City Music Chorus

      This award winning women’s chorus is known for its creative performances and unique song arrangements.

    1. Christmas Japanese Style

      Japanese musicians will perform songs of Christmas in Japanese style.This concert will bring joy and smiles into the season from far away Japan

    1. Capitol Carillon Bell Choir

      This advanced English hand bell ensemble will educate, enlighten, and entertain through the art of ringing with musical excellence.

    1. The Young Columbians

      A group of 45 singers from age 7-20.  They have performed on Broadway,The Kennedy Center, The White House and many other places. Their mission is to educate through the arts.

    1. Chinese Children’s Chorus “The Potomac Youth Choir”

      They shine on stage with their bright smiles and voices.  Their mission is to cultivate joyful spirits and confidence through singing.

    1. The Todd Family

      Michael and Cate and 5 of their children, ages 7-17, are excited to be performing their Christmas carols on 3 harps, piano, violin and guitar. 

    1. The Polynesian Community and Friends

      The spirit of Christmas Polynesian style.  Join this festive night of dancing, and singing from different islands in the Pacific.

    1. Katie Call “Songs of the Season”

      Popular song artist Katie Call will sing a variety of your favorite Christmas songs and will include members of different faiths and music groups.

    1. Washington DC South Missionaries

      The young missionaries will perform with their special talents and spirit.They will praise our Savior through music and spoken words.

    1. Washington DC North Missionaries

      A very special group of young missionaries from all over the world will express love and the meaning of this sacred season through music.

    1. Olney Big Band - A Big Band Christmas

      This award winning group of musicians has performed throughout the world. Traditional Christmas music in swing, jazz and dance beats.

    1. Day Family Chamber Players

      This talented family including: violin, viola, cellos, flutes and more will combine beautiful hymns and Christmas Carols.

    1. Lyons Sisters "Violinists Extraordinaire"

      The sisters are talented violinists who have performed throughout the world. They return this year to entertain you with beautiful Christmas music.

    1. Capital Accord Chorus’ “Sing For The Holidays”

      All women’s a cappella group harmonize to bring you holiday favorites and some new ones too. Their group has performed for 20 years.

    1. Trifecta “A Holiday Jazz Trio”

      This trio of musicians from the US Air Force Band and the US Army Band “Pershing’s Own” perform entertaining and original arrangements of classic Christmas songs.

    1. Maryland Baltimore Missionaries

      A wonderful group of young people who will perform their special holiday music and inspiring words about our Savior and his birth. 

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Directions and Concert Tickets

Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center
9900 Stoneybrook Drive
Kensington, Maryland 20895
(301) 587-0144

Concert tickets are handed out at the Visitors' Center 90 minutes before each performance on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals may pick up tickets for the other members of their party.

While waiting for a performance to begin, you are welcome to enjoy the lights, Christmas trees, and international crèches.

Everything is free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed for the lights or crèche exhibits. 

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