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



The Festival of Lights 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. Please invite your friends and family to attend with you!

Upcoming Events

At the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center, we host uplifting devotionals, high-quality performances, and family-friendly activities. Please check each event for more information. This list does not include weekly Sunday worship services. To be notified of upcoming events, please subscribe to our newsletter below.

Visitors are welcome and encouraged to come to events. Most events are free to enjoy and are fun for the family. The Washington D.C. Visitors’ Center is part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We host Christian events, concerts, performances, and devotionals.

During the Holiday Season, the grounds of the Washington D.C. Temple and Visitors’ Center become illuminated by more than 400,000 Christmas lights and beautifully decorated Christmas trees. The visitors’ center exhibits beautiful Créche displays featuring nativities from around the world and hosts many holiday performances that are free and open to the public. Please bring your family to enjoy the lights along with Christmas performances and events!

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! Everybody is welcome to attend our events at the visitors’ center and worship services in our meetinghouses. Temples are for sacred ordinances and covenants members of the Church where they can make two-way promises with God. Admittance to temples is limited to qualified members of the Church. We request that all attendees use clean language and treat everyone with respect. We are Christians who do our best to follow the commandments and teachings of Christ. Whatever your background, you’re invited to join us! 

The dress depends on the type of event. You’re welcome to wear any modest clothes that you feel comfortable in. But just so you know during devotionals and worship services, most men wear suits, sport coats, or shirts and ties, and women wear dresses or skirts. Children also typically dress up. 

Our events are designed to be family-friendly, so children are welcome! There are some devotionals or events that are specifically for adults or teenage youth that might not keep the attention of young children. All events have clean language and appropriate topics. We are a Church that values families and teaches that families are at the center of the gospel of Jesus Christ. All events help build and uplift families, bringing them to Christ. 

Our Christian worship services and youth activities occur each week at meetinghouses throughout the area. You can find more information on our worship services and schedule by selecting here. Other events such as concerts, performances, and devotionals are held at the visitors’ center and happen throughout each month. During the Christmas season, there tend to be more events. Please select here to see a monthly view of what is currently scheduled at the visitors’ center.   

Many people come to events and activities by themselves each week. However, if you’d like someone to attend an event with you, just give the temple visitor’s center a call: +1 (301) 587-0144. The missionaries there would be happy to find you a friend to sit with that is friendly and welcoming. We look forward to meeting you, introducing you to new friends, and helping you feel at home. 

All are welcome. Because of the sacred nature of the temple, please be reverent and stay on sidewalks and marked trails. Smoking and drinking alcohol on the premises are prohibitedPets are generally not allowed on the temple grounds and in the visitors’ center unless they are certified service animals.