LDS Temple lighting ceremony to light up the night

St. George Temple lighting ceremony, St. George, Utah, Nov. 23, 2012 | Photo by Sandie Divan, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The day after Thanksgiving, the Christmas season will be welcomed in at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints St. George Temple during the annual temple lighting ceremony. Thousands of lights will illuminate the temple grounds; the life-size, narrated Nativity scene will be set up for visitors to view and hear throughout the Christmas season; and a short program will be offered. Community members are invited to join in the celebration.

St. George Temple Lighting Ceremony, St. George, Utah, Nov. 29, 2013 | Photo by Sandie Divan, St. George News
St. George Temple lighting ceremony, St. George, Utah, Nov. 29, 2013 | Photo by Sandie Divan, St. George News

Volunteers have been working hard to hang thousands of lights around the grounds in preparation for the spectacular sight.

The 30-minute outdoor program will take place on one the temple’s front stairways and will include multiple speakers and a performance by the Tuacahn High School choir. There will be musical numbers and an opening prayer, followed by the lighting ceremony.

The program will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the lighting ceremony will take place at approximately 6 p.m.

This year, there will be added seating to accommodate increased attendance numbers; 500 chairs will be set up for attendees, whereas in past years only 100 seats have been available.

This annual event is hosted by the Temple Visitor’s Center in celebration of the birth of Christ.

Event details

  • When: Friday, Nov. 28 | Program 5:30 p.m., lighting ceremony 6 p.m.
  • Where: St. George Temple grounds, 250 E. 400 South in St. George.
  • Admission: Free

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  • Herd November 26, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Practicing my organ recital for the event: Heart, liver, pancreas, kidneys, lungs, gall bladder, thyroid, spleen, trachea, thymus, prostrate….

    • Notagain November 26, 2014 at 10:40 am

      You better come in from left field for awhile Herd. You know females don’t have prostrate problems.

      • Steph November 26, 2014 at 1:42 pm

        Neither do men. 😉

        • Notagain November 26, 2014 at 5:16 pm

          Just wait Stevie Boy, just wait.
          By the way, They have Depends for men on sale thru the end of the year at the brothel in
          Veyo. Better stock up Stevie Boy, you never know.

          • Visiting Anthropologist November 26, 2014 at 7:31 pm

            It’s prostate, not prostrate.

  • My Evil Twin November 26, 2014 at 9:56 am

    HERD, sorry to see you’re having problems with your “prostrate!” Most of us have some prostate problems as we get older, but that prostrate problem sounds much worse! 🙂

    I’m certainly not LDS, but I do dearly love those Christmas lights at the Temple. And the one in Mesa is even better!

    • Zonkerb November 26, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Well then go to Mesa and stay there evil twit

  • Mr. Winkle November 26, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    So they lit the local freemasonry temple up. How special.

    • TruthSeeker November 27, 2014 at 3:20 am

      Haha true! Local ripped off freemasonry temple.

  • Doobie November 26, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Light ’em up if you got ’em

  • The Rest Of The Story November 26, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I’m always happy to see a show of religion ON PRIVATE PROPERTY–WHERE IT BELONGS!

  • Steve November 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    St. George News, the comments on your articles are out of control, because you refuse to take any responsibility for what appears on your website. On my websites, idiots like these are not welcome. There are no time-wasting comments on my websites, only worthwhile information and insights. You could choose to encourage responsible sharing of perspectives, thus making your news reporting more useful. Check it out on other news reporting sites.

    • Love it! November 27, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      Well said my friend. It’s the same idiot comments on EVERY article! Thus making St George news one of the worst to read. Always disappointed when I try giving it another chance.

      • Zonkerb November 28, 2014 at 1:43 am

        Wow you come here and call people idiots well in that case your an idiot

    • Zonkerb November 27, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      LOL lol. Ha ha ha ha and your calling people idiots.? Ha ha. LOL. and you complain about what other people write.. and you are calling people idiots. LOL. LOL. HA HA HA HA HA REALLY.? well then in that case I get to call you an idiot too… Have a nice day IDIOT

      • Zonkerb November 27, 2014 at 11:26 pm

        Hey St George news don’t censor me calling him an idiot. HE IS CALLING OTHER PEOPLE IDIOTS Too

        • ZONKERB November 28, 2014 at 8:23 am

          Oh and I’m an idiot too!!!

  • PROTECT THE SHEEP November 26, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    LOL, u ppl r so …* weird…
    Ed. ellipsis: …*

  • tight magic undies November 26, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Enjoy the live nativity scene here in St. George. For the safety of the animals, there will be no nativity scene in Cedar City when the new temple is built.

  • Zonkerb November 26, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Another cult gathering

  • wowsa November 26, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Will there be any dancing?

  • My Wife November 26, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    We all get to go where we feel the most comfortable. See all the rest you losers in …. Because I know you won’t feel confortable anywhere else. You all have proven that.
    Ed. ellipsis.

    • Zonkerb November 27, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Ha ha you got censored. LOL. You want some cheese with that whine

  • TruthSeeker November 27, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Is this news or religious propaganda?

    Be careful lighting it up won’t burn it down!!!

  • Janelle November 27, 2014 at 4:38 am

    I am so excited about the lighting ceremony tomorrow. I love the feeling of just being on the temple grounds at any time of year and Christmas time with the lights and music accentuates that special experience.

    Thanks to all the volunteers who work on this event in any way!! I appreciate you!!

    • Koolaid November 27, 2014 at 8:36 am

      I like the Nativity scene with Mr & Mrs Santa Claus with the elves surrounded by his reindeer.

      • Zonkerb November 27, 2014 at 11:31 pm

        Hey KOOLAID. They are not putting up a nativity scene in Washington. DC because they can’t find 3 wise men and a virgin

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