Field Trip to the Mormon Temple – Festival of Lights!!!

Photo by MamaGeek

Name of Trip:  Mormon Temple – Festival of Lights!!! 

Date & Time: Saturday December 16th, 6 p.m.

Leader: Catherine Honigsberg

Location/Address/Link:  9900 Stoneybrook Dr,  Kensington, MD


Carpool Location/Time:  No Carpool – Meet at the crèche display (Live Nativity) at the Mormon Temple at 6:00 p.m.

Directions to Mormon Temple:  Near Beltway between Connecticut and Georgia. 

From Silver Spring, travelling north on Georgia Ave. toward Beltway, take Seminary Rd (north) off Georgia; becomes Capitol View Ave; then go left on Stoneybrook Dr.  

Google Maps Directions


Tripod (it’s night), standard and wide angle lenses would be good, weather appropriate clothes. 


Since 1978 the temple has annually hosted the Festival of Lights at the Visitors’ Center, officially running from December 2 to January 1. This impressive temple and its surrounding grounds shine brightly with more than 650,000 sparkling holiday lights. Each night, a different local musical group performs a live concert in a state-of-the-art theater.  All events are free!  Visitors are welcome to explore the Mormon Temple grounds and the Visitors’ Center, and see a life-sized outdoor nativity scene, an indoor exhibit of international crèches, and Christmas trees in international themes.  See the link for many inspiring photographic compositions:

Cost: free for members

Afterwards: Suggestions welcome for drinks /food after the shoot