About the 39th Annual Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area's great community traditions. Beginning December 1st, 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 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 over 650,000 lights, December 1st through January 1st
  • Nightly performances in indoor theater
  • Christmas trees decorated in international themes
  • Exhibit of crèches from around the world
  • Life-sized outdoor nativity


    1. Potomac River Suzuki Strings

      This group has more than 50 violinists, ages 3-17. They are thrilled to share their Concert of both Christmas classics and new favorites. You will want to sing along as you listen.

    1. Chinese Potomac Children’s Choir

      A wonderful local group of young singers will delight audiences with their beautiful voices and enthusiasm for the Christmas season.

    1. The Young Columbians—Singers & Dancers

      A group of singers from ages 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. Melinda Baird & Shaundra Baird Culatta—Pianist & Violinist

      Prepare for the First Presidency Christmas Devotional by listening to inspirational familiar Christmas classics by this very accomplished mother/daughter duo.

    2. The First Presidency Christmas Devotional, Broadcast from Salt Lake City

      The First Presidency’s Christmas devotional broadcast will include Christmas messages by General Authorities and General Officers of the Church. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will provide the music.

    1. Bells of Mt. Vernon—Hand Bell Choir

      This vibrant three octave hand bell choir presents a delightful program of beautiful Christmas music. They have performed many times at Festival of Lights.

    1. Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area Flutists

      Many young Flutists ranging in age from 4-18, will present a delightful concert of Christmas ensemble music and traditional carols.

    1. Los Parranderos—Puerto Rican Christmas    

      A traditional musical group that plays folk music from the countryside in Puerto Rico. It is a musical gift offered during the Christmas season and is a tradition from the Spanish colonizers. It includes instruments such as guitars, a tiple, a cuatro a carracho and maracas.

    1. Lords & Ladies of McDonough High School--Madrigal Choir

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

    1. Capital Carillon Bell Choir

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

    1. Mormon Choir of Washington DC

      A Festival of Lights tradition for many years, this group has performed throughout the area. Their program has inspirational Christmas songs.

    1. Washington DC Temple Orchestra

      Presented is music to remember the birth of the Savior and the holiday spirit. Enjoy the universal gift of music to reflect on what is important. This group is loved year after year.

    1. Janelle C. Parker—Singer—The Three Levels of Christmas

      A classically trained soprano who began her career at BYU-Hawaii where she performed lead roles in musicals and won multiple competitions. Tonight’s performance is entitled, “The Three Levels of Christmas” with help from other musicians, focusing on our Savior.

    1. A Calypso Christmas—with DC Temple Orchestra percussionists

      This group features Christmas music from around the world using authentic instruments and genres from each continent. The music will invite a spirit that embraces the Holiday.

    1. Olney Concert Band

      This non-profit community based concert band was formed in 1985. It includes members from different counties all of whom enjoy the thrill of making music together. They will be playing many seasonal favorites.

    1. Bernadette & Winston Charles & Special Guests—Glorify His Name

      This couple are award winning classically trained vocalists. Winston is a bass baritone and Bernadette is a lyrical soprano. They have performed in many difference venues locally and abroad.

    1. Sundwall Family—Singers

      Michelle is a professional classical singer and has held many leading roles on the musical theater stage. She is joined onstage by her three of her children: Jeffrey, Olivia and Jessica. They will be singing original arrangements of Christmas classics and unique songs by Zach, another of the Sundwall children.

    1. Gina Ling Chinese Dance Chamber

      Founded in 2009, this group is committed to promoting Chinese classical, folk, and minority nationality dance and performing arts. They have received many dance competition awards. They give a spectacular performance with dazzling costumes.

    1. Todd Thatcher—Vocalist & Tony Favero—Pianist

      Two of the most gifted musicians return to the Festival by popular demand. Their wonderful interpretation of Christmas standards has become a tradition to which people from throughout this area look forward with much anticipation.

    1. Sandra Turley—Singer & Performer

      Sandra performed the role of Cosette in ‘Les Miserables’ on Broadway in New York City. She is a recording artist with Deseret Book, and is a popular speaker and singer across the country. She, her husband and four children live in the DC area.

    1. Trifecta—A Holiday Jazz Trio

      Along with members of the US Air Force Band and the US Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” original arrangements of Christmas songs are played and enjoyed each year.

    1. Harbor City Music Company—Sweet Adelines Show Chorus

      An award winning women’s chorus. They are known for their creative performances and unique song arrangements. They are enjoyed year after year.

    1. Polynesian Community—Singers & Dancers

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

    1. The Olney Big Band—directed by Dr. Robert Tennyson

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

    1. Yellow River Art Ensemble—Chinese Chorus

      This choir has over 50 members consisting of professional and amateur artists from Mainland China whose purpose is to promote Chinese folk music and artistic heritage. They seek to serve as a bridge of friendship between the U.S. and China.

    1. Washington DC Temple Visitors’ Center Sister Missionaries

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

    1. Christmas in Japanese Style—Fun, Gifted Japanese Musicians

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

    1. Jessica & Katelyn Lyons—Violinists Extraordinaire

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

    1. Pickwick Players—Singers

      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 for the holiday season.

    1. Baxter Family—A Bluegrass Christmas

      Accomplished violinist, SaraLyn, husband Eric and their 7 children play banjo, mandolin, guitar and fiddles, with Harvey Droke, friend of the family, on bass for an upbeat and fun concert.

    1. McLean Stake Hand Bell Choir

      Established three decades ago, this bell choir provides a full variety of instruments, techniques, and repertoire. Under the direction of Gary Fuller, it offers soloists and the spoken word.

    1. Carla Dance School—International Dance

      These talented dancers perform around the US. This year, they will dance: Classical Ballet, Biset, Russian, Spanish Flamenco and Carmen. Classic Peruvian, USA Mickey Mouse, and more.

    1. Marvin Goldstein & Vanessa Joy—Pianist & Vocalist

      World renowned pianist, Marvin Goldstein, returns to the Visitors’ Center, with his well known and accomplished vocalist, Vanessa Joy, to delight audiences with their beautiful Christmas arrangements.

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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 60 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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