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Following is a collection of news items that have appeared on the News page for the Washington D.C. Temple. To share your latest news for the temple, please send an e-mail.

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February 23, 2017

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.

December 21, 2014

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.

April 19, 2012

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.

December 23, 2011

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.

June 5, 2010

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.

December 1, 2009

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.

October 14, 2009

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.

May 12, 2009

Cultural and Inspirational Events at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center
The next time you're traveling the Beltway, pull over for a performance by the Taiwanese Cultural Troupe or a Why I Believe fireside by Navy football coach, Ken Niumatalolo. These are among the exciting upcoming events at the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center.

"But let us…recite the crowning reason for gathering to Zion or to her stakes. It is to receive the blessings found in the temples of the Lord."
—Bruce R. McConkie

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