festival_of_lightsHoliday Tradition at Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center

Kensington, MD – The month-long Festival of Lights at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center begins December 2, 2011 marking the 34th year of what has become one of the D.C. area’s most enduring and anticipated Holiday traditions.

In excess of 500,000 multi-colored lights, featuring energy-saving LED technology, will illuminate the grounds of the temple and Visitors’ Center at 9900 Stoneybrook Drive in Kensington from dusk until 10:00 P.M. A life-size nativity scene will once again be a major attraction.

The Visitors’ Center will feature:  An International Creche exhibit with more than 130 nativity scenes; 16 large, beautifully decorated Christmas trees; and concerts every night  in its 544 seat theater every evening. All events are free to the public.

Each concert will feature two performances, the first at 7:00 P.M. followed by another at 8:00 P.M. Performers this year include Broadway star Sandra Turley, recording artist Jenny Oaks Baker, bell choirs, high school choirs and musical ensembles, all from the local area. (A complete concert schedule is attached.)

Tickets, which again are free to the public, are required for each concert performance. They will be distributed beginning 90 minutes before each show.

“In past years, visitors have had to wait in long lines hoping to see a performance, and even then they had no guarantee”, said Visitors’ Center Director Don Olsen. “This year, once visitors have tickets in hand they will be guaranteed seats for the performance of their choice, eliminating a great deal of frustration and giving visitors the freedom to enjoy the lights and exhibits.”

It is anticipated that more than 200,000 visitors will experience the Festival of Lights this year.-ends-