Live Musical Performances, 7:00 and 8:00 PM
Free tickets available 90 minutes before each performance
Bells at Mt. Vernon
This vibrant three octave handbell choir presents a delightful program of beautiful Christmas music. Under the direction of Ann Thomas, this year marks the 5th year they have performed at Festival of Lights.
"We Three Queens"
Vocal women’s trio performs a mix of holiday music from classic to pop. Jessica Gilbert; Melissa Bentley; Katelyn Thacker.
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Olney Big Band
Back at the Visitors' Center for a third Festival of Lights performance, this award-winning group of all volunteer musicians has performed at such prestigious venues as the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Blues Alley, Music Center at Strathmore and the BlackRock Center for Arts. The band’s Festival performance will consist of traditional Christmas music played with swing, jazz and dance beats.
Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area (flute ensemble)
One hundred young Flutists ranging in age from 4 to 18, will present a delightful concert of Christmas ensemble music and traditional carols.
Young Columbians Glee Club
A group of 40 singers from Maryland who range in age from 12 to 20. Created in 1975 for America’s bi-centennial, the Young Columbians have performed their Spirit of America, Broadway and Christmas shows in such prestigious venues as the White House, Wolf Trap, Disney World, The Kennedy Center and Merriweather Post Pavilion. Aiming to entertain, teach and inspire, each Young Columbian performance has a polished innocence and freshness rarely seen in our youth today. Directors: Toby Orenstein and Larry Friedman; Accompanist: Ross Rawlings
Northern Virginia Institute Choir
Comprised of talented young adult vocalists and instrumentalists the choir has performed at numerous regional events, including the DC Temple Festival of Lights and the City of Alexandria Holiday Concert Series
Madrigal Lords and Ladies (McDonough High School choir)
The prize winning McDonough Chamber Choir has performed in a number of venues including the Kennedy Center. Enjoy these talented vocalists as they perform in the madrigal style.
Olney Concert Band
The Olney Big Band is again back at the Visitors' Center by popular demand. This award-winning group of all volunteer musicians has performed at such prestigious venues as the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Blues Alley, Music Center at Strathmore and the BlackRock Center for Arts. The band’s Festival performance will consist of traditional Christmas music played with swing, jazz and dance beats.
Follow Your Dream Vocal Lyceum with Andrea Thornock (soprano)
Classical, sacred and secular Christmas songs and carols will be sung by trained soloists, Classic favorites, such as "O Holy Night", “Gesu Bambino", "The First Noel", and the Appalachian Folk Carol "I Wonder As I Wander." The program includes a variety of voices and styles, ranging from opera to Broadway, and from serenading baritones to soaring sopranos.
McLean Virginia Stake Handbell Choir
Established three decades ago, this bell choir provides a full variety of instruments, techniques, and repertoire. It offers captivating soloists and the spoken word. It is now under the direction of Gary Fuller.
Mormon Choir of Washington, D.C.
A Festival of Lights tradition and now in its 34th year, the The Mormon Choir of Washington D.C. has performed to capacity crowds throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. It will present a program of songs of faith befitting the Christmas season.
Jenny Oaks Baker and Alexandria Sharpe (violinist, vocalist)
Grammy nominated, Billboard No. 1 violinist Jenny Oaks Baker and former Celtic Woman star Alexandria Sharp present “Carols of Christmas Past,” featuring Cantori Womens’ Chorus and an orchestra conducted by maestro J. Ernest Greene; also featuring special guest: “The Baker Kids.”
Jenny Oaks Baker and Alexandria Sharpe (violinist, vocalist)
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Paul Cardall (pianist)
Internationally acclaimed pianist Paul Cardall is known for his unique, heartfelt musical style. Such descriptions are ironically appropriate since the pianist was born with essentially half a functioning heart. That life-threatening defect has shaped Cardall’s musical style and inspired his dozens of popular melodic compositions and arrangements.
Voices 4 (vocal quartet)
Each of the vocalists in this contemporary vocal quartet has performed professionally on his or her own, but put them together and you have a dynamic blend of vocal sounds and harmonies! Their performance will include Christmas standards set to rich four-part harmonies, vocal solos and a little audience participation to help you enjoy the Christmas spirit at the DC Temple Visitors Center.
Britton Family (vocalists and instrumentalists)
The Brittons perform a delightful mix, jazz to sacred, of instrumental and vocal that is packed with emotion and intensity, their music is always engaging and fun for audiences of all ages.
Capital Carillon (bell choir)
This advanced English hand bell ensemble will educate, enlighten, and entertain you through the art of ringing with musical excellence. The choir performs on 82 English hand bells and 82 choir chimes.
Christmas Spectacular (musical variety)
The Hit Singles is a popular vocal men’s quartet in the DC area. They perform multiple styles from gospel, classical, opera and folk, to jazz, rock, R & B and Broadway. Audiences enjoy their unique interpretation of Christmas favorites. Versatile musicians all, they often include instrumental accompaniments on piano, mandolin, guitar, violin, spoons and washboard.
Mormon Orchestra of Washington, D.C.
The Washington D.C. Temple Orchestra presents its 5th annual Christmas concert this year at the Visitors’ Center; but more importantly than tradition is remembering the birth of the Savior. That simple concept has brought families together year round as well as on this holiday. Music is a universal gift that can allow us all to reflect on what is important. The talent of the musicians and the beauty of the individual instruments provide a show that not only honors the Savior but brings the holiday spirit.
Todd Thatcher (vocalist)
One of the most gifted vocalists to perform at the Visitors’ Center, Todd Thatcher returns to the Festival of Lights by popular demand. His wonderful interpretation of Christmas standards has become a tradition to which people from throughout this area look forward with much anticipation.
Sister Missionaries of the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center (vocalists and instrumentalists)
Serving in the Washington DC North Mission the Sister Missionaries come to their mission assignments with a combined myriad of musical talents. Vocalists, pianists, strings musicians and more have produced a wonderfully moving program of spiritual Christmas favorites especially fitting for Christmas Eve.
Missionaries of the Washington DC North Mission (vocalists and instrumentalists)
Come enjoy an evening of sacred strains and Christmas cheer. The missionaries will lend their vocal and instrumental talents to enrich the evening of this special day.
Harbor City Music Company and Capital Accord (women’s choruses)
Put two award winning a cappella choirs together and you get a great Christmas treat of enjoyable music that will bring back memories of Christmases past.
Trifecta (holiday jazz trio)
They are a trio of musicians from the US Army Band "Pershing's Own" and the US Air Force Band who play saxophone, bass and piano. This will be the fourth year in a row that they have performed at the Festival of Lights, and they have become a huge audience favorite.
Lyons Sisters (violinists)
Jessica Lyons (age 18) and Katelyn Lyons (age 16) are talented young violinists who have performed in some of the world's finest concert halls. Both are in college studying violin performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music. They return to the Festival of Lights to entertain you with an evening of beautiful Christmas music your whole family will enjoy.
Rockville Swing Band
The Rockville Swing Band brings together a unique group of talented musicians of all ages from the greater Washington D.C. area who love to play swing music. This exciting mix of musical talent plays traditional swing charts from the Golden Era, as well as contemporary big band arrangements. The Band has two lovely singers, Michelle Killian and Barbara Strang.
Feliz Navidad (Spanish musical variety)
“Combo Latino of Maryland” presents a program comprised of Latin American Christmas and New Year favorites performed in Spanish. It is an energetic, happy program of song with a variety of instruments and performers of all ages.
Chinese Children Dancers
These vibrant young Chinese Dancers are very popular and in great demand. They have appeared at many community events, receiving accolades for their artistic ability and highly skilled performances.
BBT Trio (piano, flute, violin)
This prize winning trio of gifted teens playing piano, violin and flute will provide you with an inspirational classical music experience as you reflect on the Christmas Season just past, and welcome in a new year.
About the Festival
NOVEMBER 30, 2012 to JANUARY 1, 2013
Lights illuminated each night at dusk.
As one of the D.C. area's great community traditions, 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, beginning December 2nd. Enjoy bells, bands, choirs, violinists, flautists, swing music, and more!
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. Each performance is presented twice nightly, 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (Click here for printable performance schedule)
- 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
Directions and Concert Tickets
Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center
9900 Stoneybrook Drive
Kensington, Maryland 20895
If you would like to attend a concert, please pick up a free ticket for each person attending.
- Tickets are handed out ninety minutes before each concert inside the Visitors’ Center, on a first come, first served basis.
- After receiving your ticket, you can enjoy the lights, and see the Christmas trees and international crèches until the concert begins.
Everything is free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed for the lights or crèche exhibits.