There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Be a Scrooge, be a Grinch, it doesn’t matter. Walking amid 300,000 tiny lights strung over every branch of every tree surrounding the equally fantastical Mormon temple (the Mormons call it the Washington Temple Visitors’ Center, but everyone knows it as the Ozlike castle rising above the Beltway) is a truly ethereal experience. It may not make you believe in either Jesus or Santa, but it will certainly make you feel better. Words, and certainly this photo, do not come close to capturing the otherworldly quality of the light. A variety of vocal groups will sing throughout the month, but I like to stroll along humming the Twilight Zone theme. Lights and trees are available nightly from 5:30-10:30 p.m; Live nativity scene from 6-9 p.m.; Musical performances at 7 & 8 p.m. at the Washington Mormon Temple, 9900 Stoneybrook Dr., Kensington. FREE. (301) 587-0144. (Dave Nuttycombe)