It's not Christmas without lights, a Festival of Lights

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

Holiday decorations, Christmas tree, cookies, Christmas market, mulled wine, Christmas songs, Advents calendar, Christmas lights... it's not Christmas without any of these! To be honest, the most wonderful time of the year for me is the prep work: the decorating, the baking, the perfect gift hunting, the parties, the ugly sweaters (and pretty ones, too), the music, and all the Holiday festivities. 

In Silver Spring, MD and beyond there's no shortage of Holiday activities, beginning just around Thanksgiving and lasting until the New Year... from Holly Jolly Food Truck Festivals to Tree lighting ceremonies; from Holiday Open Houses to Santa's workshops; from Holiday performances to ice-skating; from Christmas tree farms to Holiday trains & trams; from Holiday themed Happy Hours to Festival of Lights. 

Visiting one or more Festival of Lights has become one of the annual must-do activities for my little family... especially when the weather is perfect (read: a just-cold-enough-winter's-eve that makes it seem like the stars are an extension of the Holiday lights), and we have a cup of hot cocoa warming our hands and bellies. 

There are a quite a few Festivals/light displays that we have admired over the years (Downtown Columbia, Wheaton Botanical Garden, Sandy State Park, Zoo Lights, Ocean City Beach Lights ....), and among our favorites is the Festival of Lights at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Kensington, MD. Now in its 42nd year, the Festival has become a DC area attraction. More than 400,000 in all colors imaginable light up the temple grounds and create one spectacular display. There are also nightly musical performances in the theater, internationally themed Christmas trees, and a life-sized outdoor nativity scene. 

The Festival, exhibit, performances are free to attend.. but advanced ticket registration for the theater is recommended. There's some limited free parking - due to construction this year, you may be better off arriving via alternate mode of transportation. 

The Temple is located at 9900 Stoneybrook Dr. in Kensington, MD 20895.

The Festival of Lights at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is open to the public and a free event for all (including performances) until January 4th, 2020. 

Festival of Lights, Mormon Temple Kensington, MD

If you and/or your children believe in the magic of the season, and believe that it's just not Christmas without lights, then you must make plans to visit this spectacular Festival of Lights.


*Bonus: if you have children, then they surely know of "Cinderella's castle" that sits high atop the beltway. The "castle" is, of course, the Temple, and the Festival of Lights one chance to see it up close. 

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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD, who has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers in Montgomery and Howard County, MD (and beyond) for 15+ years now. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running, hiking, and treasure hunting, and is very much addicted to coffee. 


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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Andrea,  Great blog and fantastic pictures.  There really is a lot of prep work - but the most important thing is to enjoy time with family and friends.

Dec 20, 2019 09:20 PM #1
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Wow, those lights must be amazing. I'd love to see that if I were in the area.

Merry Christmas!

Dec 21, 2019 04:53 AM #2
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Andrea - believing in "magic" has no admission fee for the truly imaginative.  

Dec 21, 2019 05:18 AM #3
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

We have zoo lights here too and I have always enjoyed seeing the displays, even though I don't go every year.

Dec 21, 2019 05:54 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Andrea Bedard -  I would not want to miss this.  We have some neighborhoods in our area that do this but not to this extent.

Dec 21, 2019 06:55 AM #5
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Hi Bob Crane enjoying it all with family/friends is what makes it all so special. My children and I love all the different activities, baking, decorating.. it really is the most wonderful time of the year. 

Truly spectacular Kat Palmiotti! I've never seen anything quite like it.  

Dec 21, 2019 10:21 AM #6
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

It gives me so much joy seeing my children believing in the magic, too Michael Jacobs - even as they are turning into teenagers (not sure how that happened suddenly!).

We visited the Zoo Lights at the Smithsonian's National Zoo last year, Brian England and enjoyed it very much. "Light this way" across the sidewalk was a clever touch!   

It's become a popular attraction in the DC area Grant Schneider and totally worth seeing! We loved it! 

Dec 21, 2019 10:26 AM #7
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I so agree, Andrea... it's just not Christmas without lights everywhere! I am so happy I live in a neighborhood where homeowners do serious decorating in the month of December. It's a joy to ride through it in the evenings.

Dec 21, 2019 01:27 PM #8
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