The 43rd Annual Festival of Lights - Drive Through
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given...and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. ~ Isaiah 9:6

About the 43rd Annual Festival of Lights - Drive Through

The Annual Festival of Lights is one of Washington, DC area's great community traditions. The tradition continues for the 2020 Christmas season in a modified way, putting safety and health first. Beginning December 11th, the Festival of Lights will open as a drive-through experience.

- Come and see! Temple grounds glow with over 400,000 lights, December 11th through December 28th, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. nightly

- The Festival of Lights driving tour will begin at the entrance of the Washington DC Temple grounds and end at the Temple Vistors' Center

- Christmas music transmitted over short-range FM radio to your vehicle

- Two outdoor, life-size nativities

- View the lights from the comfort and safety of your car

- Further details and directions can be found below


Washington DC Temple Visitors' Center
9900 Stoneybrook Drive
Kensington, Maryland 20895

A detailed map highlighting the driving route can be found below, and can also be downloaded here.

Driving tour will begin at the entrance to the Temple parking lot and end in the Temple Visitor's Center parking lot. When necessary, a waiting queue will be in the church parking lot on Stoneybrook Drive, north of the Temple entrance.

Please remain in your car; for your safety and the safety and health of others', parking and/or exiting cars is not permitted.

For more information, please visit the FAQ page below.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Festival of Lights?

It is a celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We invite the community to join us for this festive season of the year.

Is the Festival of Lights free?

Yes, everything is free, and you don't need tickets for the driving tour.

Will I be able to park or leave my vehicle?

No, the event is drive-through only. In keeping with COVID-19 guidelines and to maintain a safe environment for everyone, including our volunteers, please remain in your vehicle for the duration of the driving tour.

What if I want to take pictures?

Parking or leaving vehicles is not permitted, but we invite you to safely take pictures from inside your vehicle.

What are the hours?

Lights turn on at 6:00 p.m. and turn off at 9:00 p.m. every night of the week.

What is the best time to visit?

Anytime, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., any night of the week is a great time to visit. Weekends and the days surrounding Christmas are the busiest of the season. Consider visiting on weeknights early in the season.

Is the Visitors’ Center open?

No, due to safety guidelines for COVID-19, the Visitors' Center remains closed. We invite you to visit when it reopens.

Will there be live events like in past years?

With the Visitors' Center closed, we are not able to host any live performances this year.

Is this the Temple Open House?

The open house has been postponed until large public gatherings are deemed safe. We encourage you to learn more about the Temple Open House by visiting the website. Come and see! Click here for details.

How will I know what route to drive?

Signs and volunteers will help guide visitors along the route. You can also print a map of the route here. Please note, if traffic volume requires it, the chapel parking lot north of the D.C. Temple will be used as an overflow reroute. Please watch for traffic guides and use the overflow reroute during times of heavy traffic.

How do I tune into the Christmas music on my radio?

A sign will indicate the short-range FM radio frequency for visitors to enjoy Christmas music along the driving route.