About the 40th Annual Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights is one of the D.C. area's great community traditions. Beginning November 30th, 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, November 30th through December 31st
  • Nightly performances in indoor theater
  • Christmas trees decorated in international themes
  • Exhibit of crèches from around the world
  • Life-sized outdoor nativity


    1. Adventist Children’s Chorus

      80 member Children’s choir made up of children from grades 4 through 8 accompanied by the Spencerville Bell Choir.

    1. In Harmony

      Community Choir from Bristow/Gainesville, VA. Living life in harmony through music, community and friendships.

    1. Suzuki Flutes

      The Flute Division of the Suzuki Association of the Greater Washington Area. Many young flutists ranging in age from 4-18, will present a delightful concert of Christmas and traditional carols.

    2. Glory Star

      Children’s singing group from the Chinese community.  A sweet gift of Christmas.

    1. Melinda Baird

      Shaundra Baird Bulatta, violin, and Melinda Lambert Baird, piano, present a spiritual, uplifting, multi-media program of Christmas Classics.

    2. LDS Church First Presidency Message

      Mormon Tabernacle Choir and spoken words by General Authorities and officers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A beautiful way to open the Christmas season.

    1. Janelle Parker

      A classically trained soprano who began her career at BYU-Hawaii where she performed lead roles in musicals and won multiple competitions.

    1. Sforza Suzuki Strings

      This group has more than 50 violinists, ages 3-17. They are thrilled to share their Christmas classics and new favorites.

    1. Ramy Adly

      People all over the world have enjoyed hundreds of concerts by Ramy, the masterful Oud performer, composer and teacher. Audiences are delighted by his knowledge and technique of this unique instrument.

    1. Madrigal Lords and Ladies of McDonough High School

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

    1. Pickwick Players

      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. 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. Young Columbians

      40 singers from ages 7-20 have performed on Broadway, The Kennedy Center, The White House and many other places on their mission to educate through the arts.

    1. Capitol Accord Chorus

      All women’s a cappella group harmonize to bring you holiday favorites and some new ones too.  They have performed for 22 years.

    1. Sister Shin and Sister Webster

      Visitors’ Center sisters KaHee Shin and Carlie Webster will showcase their talents as they bring the Christmas spirit to life.

    2. Little Stream

      Talented Christian women of various interfaith groups have intertwined their talents to create unique carols and inspirational songs of worship.

    1. Rockville Brass Band

      A Holiday Festival of Brass by one of the oldest brass bands in the country. This award winning band is dedicated to preserving the British brass band tradition while performing traditional and popular tunes.

    1. Northern Lights

      A traditional Big Band including music from Glen Miller and Artie Shaw.  A great variety of dance music is also included.

    1. Capitol 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. Washington DC Temple Orchestra

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

    1. The United States Army Brass and Percussion Ensemble

      It is a pleasure to showcase the multi-talented members of the US Army band with a rousing and uplifting Christmas concert.

    1. 6 Degrees Singers

      A vibrant choir of young adult performers dedicated to making quality music.  Performing around the DC area in renaissance, world, folk and jazz styles.

    1. Harbor City Music Company Show Chorus

      An award winning women’s chorus.  They are known for their creative performances and unique song arrangements in four part harmony.

    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. Katie Call

      Popular song artist Katie will sing a variety of your favorite Christmas songs.

    1. Olney Big Band

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

    1. Cello Boys

      Christopher Tate and Jeffrey Broadbent debut their fun and entertaining talent in the style of “The Piano Guys”.  Enjoy their newly formed group.

    2. Polynesian Dancers

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

    1. Sister Missionaries Choir

      Young missionaries will entertain with sweet melodies of Christmas.

    1. Sister Missionaries Choir

      A special Christmas Day with a program from the young missionaries.

    1. Potomac Children’s Choir

      A choir made up of children from the Chinese community that will be a delight to hear.

    2. Lyons Sisters Violins

      “Violinists Extraordinaire”!  Jessica and Katelyn are talented young violinists who perform throughout the world.  They will be a special treat this Christmas.

    1. Christmas in Japanese Style

      Fun, gifted Japanese entertainers.  A special Christmas message in Japanese style.

    1. Bernadette and Winston Charles

      Winston’s mellow bass baritone is the perfect foundation for Bernadette’s lovely lyrical soprano.  Together they make for a memorable performance.

    2. Baxter Family

      Accomplished violinist, Saralyn, husband Eric, and their 7 talented children will create an entertaining Bluegrass Christmas program using banjo, mandolin, guitar, fiddles and bass.

    1. Tate Family

      Enjoy a lively performance with this talented family as they celebrate the Christmas season with musical instruments.

    1. Kristina Granado

      Kristina LaRae With Summer-two powerhouse Christian artists perform Christ-centered, and inspirational music to help all feel hopeful and strong for the new year.

    2. Britton Family

      A Festival favorite.  Lots of fun songs with youngsters and family members.  An entertaining way to end the Christmas season.

    1. Chinese Dancers

      A polished group of youth that enjoys showing their dancing skills and appreciation for their culture.

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Directions and Concert Tickets

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

Go to Eventbrite.com Festival of Lights 2017 to reserve tickets in advance. Tickets will also be available one hour before events at the Visitors’ Center. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals may pick up tickets for 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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