9900 Stoneybrook Dr, Kensington, MD 20895 +1 (301) 587-0144

Welcome to the Washington DC Temple Visitors' Center

Come explore the interactive visitors' center, enjoy the peaceful temple grounds, and attend free community events hosted throughout the year, including the Festival of Lights.


The Festival of Lights will be from November 30 – January 1 and features over 400,000 Christmas lights, Nativity créches and Christmas tree decorations from around the world, and daily holiday performances. 

Tickets will NOT be issued this year. Entrance and parking are free.

The lights will turn on each night at 4:45 PM and shut off at 9:00 PM. The Nativity créches and Christmas tree decorations in the visitors’ center can be seen from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Events at the Visitors' Center

Distribution Center

You can get Church materials and clothing at the distribution center. There is a large selection of Bibles, copies of the Book of Mormon, and Triple Combinations. We also have hymn books, “Come Follow Me” and self-reliance manuals, children’s story books, Church magazines, small pictures, and more.

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The Washington D.C. Temple

The Washington D.C. Temple was the first Latter-day Saint temple to be built on the East Coast of the United States. Completed in 1974, it is the third-largest temple in the world.

Visitors from all over the world come to this sacred site for its beauty and religious significance. Members of the Church gather inside the temple for sacred religious ceremonies that bring them closer to God, while tourists come to view the temple grounds and enjoy the Visitors’ Center. There is something for everyone at the Washington D.C. Temple.