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Public Open House Announced for the Washington D.C. Temple

The public is invited to an open house of the Washington D.C. Temple, following a two-and-a-half year renovation, that begins Thursday, April 28, 2022, and continues through Saturday, June 4, 2022. The temple will be rededicated in three sessions on Sunday, June 19, 2022. The evening before the rededication, a youth devotional will be broadcast to youth in the temple district. The reopening events for the temple had originally been scheduled for 2020, but they were delayed due to COVID-19. News of the revised open house dates was presented at a media event held at the visitors' center on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Open house information and tickets will be made available at dctemple.org. "I hope when people come, they will feel the warmth of a place dedicated to God," said Anne Golightly, chair of the temple open house public affairs committee. "There is a light there. There's a feeling of hope."

Drive-Through Festival of Lights at the Washington D.C. Temple

From December 11 through December 28, 2020, the 43rd Annual Festival of Lights at the Washington D.C. Temple will open as a drive-through experience nightly from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. for the health and safety of participants. The festival is one of the most anticipated Christmas traditions in the DC area with over 400,000 glowing lights. Christmas music will be provided over short-range FM radio, and two life-size nativity scenes will also be on display. Get more information at dctemplelights.churchofjesuschrist.org.

Washington D.C. Temple Cutaway Model Under Renovation

The glass case inside the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center that holds the cutaway model of the temple sits empty for now, as the model is undergoing a renovation to match the updated interior of the temple. The renovation of the temple has been completed, but the public open house and rededication have been postponed until large gatherings are deemed safe.

Washington D.C. Temple Water Features

The water features at the Washington D.C. Temple are operating including a circular fountain with a large center spray and an infinity-style reflection pool near the visitors' center. Beautiful landscaping has filled the grounds, and renovation is nearing completion. An open house that was originally scheduled to begin in September has been postponed in response to COVID-19. The first open house of the temple, held in 1974, drew over 750,000 visitors.

Washington D.C. Temple Open House and Rededication Postponed

On June 17, 2020, an announcement was released from Church headquarters stating that the "because of concern for the effects of COVID-19, the open house, youth devotional, and rededication of the Washington D.C. Temple are postponed until large public gatherings are deemed safe." The temple open house was originally to be held from September 24 through October 31 with a rededication on December 13, 2020.

Washington D.C. Temple Grounds

Spring weather at the Washington D.C. Temple is producing a beautiful collage of colors across the parking lot and into the wooded grounds. Crews are currently resurfacing the parking, making one half light and the other dark. The recently laid sod between the two lots is now a healthy dark green. Construction continues on schedule for an open house in the fall.

Laying Sod at the Washington D.C. Temple

Strips of deep green grass are appearing on the Washington D.C. Temple grounds, directly in front of the main entrance and water feature. A new railing was recently installed around the rear side of the visitors' center, which has been temporarily closed. The temple is anticipated to open to the public for an open house period beginning in late September.

Washington D.C. Temple to Open for Tours in September

At a media event held this morning at the visitors' center for the Washington D.C. Temple, the temple open house and rededication dates were announced. The public will have the opportunity to tour this D.C. beltway landmark from Thursday, September 24 through Saturday, October 31, 2020 (except for September 27, October 3, 4, 11, 18 and 25). The temple will be rededicated in three sessions on Sunday, December 13, 2020, with a youth devotional held the evening prior. "This temple is one of the premier temples of the Church," said Brent Roberts, managing director of the Church's Special Projects Department. "The renovation that we're going through right now and that we’ll soon complete will allow the temple to function for many years to come." Before the public tours, a media day will be held on September 15, and private tours conducted September 16–23, 2020.

Washington D.C. Temple: A Beautiful Sight

The Washington D.C. Temple is looking more beautiful than ever with scaffolding removed and the full exterior lighting system running each night. The temple has been closed for almost two years and is expected to be completed before the end of this year. Modifications are underway on the reflection pool near the visitors' center.

Festival of Lights at the Washington D.C. Temple

The 42nd annual Festival of Lights is in full swing at the Washington D.C. Temple. And although Christmas lights have been limited to the areas outside of the construction zone, the stunning backdrop of a glowing white temple still captivates the eyes and imaginations of happy guests. During the past few weeks, more trees and shrubs have been planted and benches installed in the garden areas around the temple and throughout the parking lot.

Planting Trees at the Washington D.C. Temple

Trees and shrubs are filling in the garden spaces at the Washington D.C. Temple parking lot while work continues on the circular water fountain feature in front of the entrance. This December, the annual Festival of Lights will proceed as usual in the areas outside of the construction zone. The tradition of Christmas musical events at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center will also continue. You can reserve free tickets on Eventbrite.

Reflection Pool Filled at the Washington D.C. Temple

The Washington D.C. Temple reflection pool, located in front of the visitors' center below the wall of picture windows, has been installed and filled with water. Heavy equipment has paved the east parking lot with asphalt, and scaffolding has been removed from around the six spires. The iconic Capital Beltway structure has been closed for renovation for the past 19 months.

New Stairs Poured at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center

A large curved staircase has been poured to connect the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center to the temple parking lot, replacing a narrow set of stairs that previously served that purpose. The parking lot will soon be repaved by recycling much of the old parking lot. Inside the temple, the renovation work is progressing beautifully.

East Parking Removal Completed at the Washington D.C. Temple

Removal of the east parking lot from the Washington D.C. Temple has been completed, and concrete crushers are breaking down the fragments for use in the new parking lot. Art glass is being reinstalled on the west side of the temple while the glass on the east side is being removed. New stairs are being constructed off the visitors' center balcony.

East Parking Lot Demolition Underway at the Washington D.C. Temple

Landscaping changes at the Washington D.C. Temple are proceeding with the demolition of the east side of the parking lot. The west side was demolished several months ago, allowing for the replacement of water lines. Once demolition is completed, new hard landscaping will be installed and soft landscaping will follow, bringing life and beauty to the grounds of this House of the Lord.

Washington D.C. Temple Renovation Progressing on Schedule

It's been over a year since the Washington D.C. Temple closed for a major renovation of the interior, exterior, and grounds. Over the past several months, the west parking lot has been demolished, some trees have been removed, new water lines have been installed, and refurbishment of the stained glass, exterior marble, and spire panels continues. Work is also progressing on the interior including upgrades to the elevators. Crews are uplifted by weekly devotionals and treats provided by local members. The temple is anticipated to be completed in the latter half of 2020.

Repairing the Spires of the Washington D.C. Temple

The sparkling gold spires of the Washington D.C. Temple are undergoing needed repairs as renovation work continues on the 1970s structure. Scaffolding can be seen along one end of the temple where long panes of stained glass are located. The temple has been closed for about six months.

Washington D.C. Temple to Close for Renovation

An extensive renovation has been announced for the Washington D.C. Temple, which will close in March 2018 and reopen for operation in 2020. A public open house, cultural celebration, and rededication service will precede the reopening. The temple was dedicated in 1974.

Musical Talent on Display at Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center

Enjoy outstanding musical talent at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center this Christmas Season including Broadway Star Sandra Turley who performs tonight at 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00 p.m.

New Stakes in D.C. District

On Sunday, April 15, two new stakes were organized in the Washington D.C. Temple District: the Buena Vista Virginia YSA Stake—the first YSA stake created outside of Utah and Idaho; and the Dover Delaware Stake—the second stake created in the state of Delaware, following the Wilmington Delaware Stake created in 1974.

Festival of Lights at the Washington D.C. Temple

The 34th Annual Festival of Lights continues at the Washington D.C. Temple with its nightly performances, international créche exhibit, and stellar light display. It is a spiritually thrilling celebration of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Pointing the Way to the Washington D.C. Temple

After years of persistence and patience, highway signs have now been added that point the way to the Washington D.C. Temple. The temple and visitors' center complex is a Capital Beltway landmark that attracts over half a million people of every culture and religion each year.

Washington D.C. Temple Prepares for 32nd Annual Festival of Lights

The grounds of the Washington D.C. Temple will be set aglow this Friday, December 4, with the colors of Christmas, following a 32-year tradition known as the Festival of Lights. The festival features nightly performances and numerous trees and crèches on display.

Washington D.C. Temple Closes for Several Days

The Washington D.C. Temple closed for several days due to a water main break in the parking lot that did no damage to the temple but did shut off water and heat to the building. The temple permanently reopens on Tuesday, October 20.