Making Spirits Bright: Festival of Lights Returns to LDS Temple

If you’ve ever driven west on the I-495 Capital Beltway at night and happened to look up, say, right before you come upon Connecticut Avenue, chances are you’ve been mesmerized by the D.C. Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When lit up, it looks otherworldly. (Check out this video, but fast-forward to 1:29.)

Now, imagine adding 600,000 Christmas lights to the grounds. Sound super? It is.

And until January 1, you get to see it up close and personal at the 37th Annual Festival of Lights at the Temple Visitors’ Center in Kensington.

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But the light display, which begins at dusk, is only part of the show. From now through the first of the year, the Visitors’ Center’s indoor theater will treat you to holiday songs. The site says you’ll be able to “Enjoy bells, bands, choirs, violinists, flautists, swing music, and more!” Check the site for a full list of scheduled performances.

And what kinda humbugger wouldn’t want to enjoy that? Each performance takes place at least twice a night, and free tickets are handed out 90 minutes before each concert in the Visitors’ Center on a first-come, first-served basis (no tickets, free or otherwise, are needed to view the lights). The center itself is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

You know, maybe you’d like to go this weekend, take a friend or your significant other – or just yourself – and check out all that Kensington has to offer. You may end up charmed enough to rent your next apartment there.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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