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Festival Of Lights

Every year the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) has a Festival of Lights at the Washington DC Temple.  They probably have one at every temple for all I know.  It lasts during the month of December and the first week in January.

We make it a point to go once or twice every year.  Each night they have a fine musical performance at the Visitor's Center.  Last night was no different.  We saw the Northern Lights Dance Orchestra.  They are a big band era group, originally from Canada.  They play big band music and last night they played Christmas Carols with a big-band twist.  It was wonderful.

While these photos don't do justice to the scene, the grounds are decorated with over 500,000 lights.

They start in August and string them until the Festival begins.

There is also a full-sized Manger display, with scripture reading, various movies playing inside the Visitor's Center, a creche display with hundreds of creches from around the world and, of course, the wonderful performances.  This next week will certainly be busy.  This weekend was probably the busiest of the year.

Some 1800 people are packed into a large auditorium and the show goes on.  There are two performances each night, so they are moving a lot of people in and out!

The orchestral performance was musical and vocal.  There was even a group mimicking the Andrews Sisters, along with a gentleman who sounded like Bing Crosby, who sang a big-band version of Jingle Bells.  Not bad!

It gets you into the spirit of Christmas!

The temple is in Kensington, Maryland (where I grew up!) and is easy to find.  Just follow the signs.

Performances are each night at 7pm and 8pm.

So pack up and go!  It can get crowded, but is well worth the trip.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Comment balloon 14 commentsJay Markanich • December 19 2010 06:39AM

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Looks like a  lot of fun.  I'm sure the pictures don't do it justice, but they look great, nonetheless.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 7 years ago

Walking among the lights they are very bright.  The pictures make everything look a bit dark Debbie, but overall the lights are stunning.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Good morning Jay.  "It's the most wonderful time of the year"

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) over 7 years ago

Good morning Jay. Yes, this is a wonderful time of the year...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Ken - that's one of the songs they played last night!

Michael - I think so.  I think blessings are poured down upon all in celebration of the event recognized.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay,

I'm sorry I missed last night, I was out showing houses. I hope to make it sometime this week.

Rich

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Jay,

There is a small city to the south of here that is called Warm Beach. I went there once years ago may have really wonderful lights and displays .

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Richard - this will be a good week to go.  Likely busy with lots of people though!

Steve - so many lights really makes the season feel like the season!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Great localism Jay...eye and ear candy with a festive flair...can't get better than that !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) over 7 years ago

It's pretty local Sally!  It's always a fun trip, if the traffic cooperates.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Looks really cool Jay !!! This is just a magical time of the year !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) over 7 years ago

It really is beautiful Michael.  Those photos don't do it justice!

Here is another one...  there were a lot of trees that did not appear in the other photos. 

All the trees get decorated to the top.  If I had a helicopter!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Wow! Jay, that's really cool, Looks like they covered every branch of those trees. Merry Christmas! jay

Posted by Jay Lloyd, Allpro Home Inspection (Cape Coral Florida) over 7 years ago

I think they did Jay.  I did not do the scene justice with my photos.  So many photos could have been taken!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

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