A Free, Festive, & Family-Friendly Christmas Event
Historic Churches Lit Up, Bells Ringing, and Holiday Music – plus a Special THREE WEEKEND Spectacular Light Show!
Join us November 27, 2021 through December 31, 2021 for a self-guided driving tour of the Cathedral District’s historic churches & landmark buildings, illuminated with thousands of lights.
Enjoy audio narration as well as music by the Jacksonville Symphony while you savor this annual experience.
For three weekends before Christmas – December 9-26, Thursday through Sunday, an incredible Light Art & Sound Installation will take place on one of the Cathedral District’s Historic Churches! This visual marvel laser light installation will be projected onto the façade of a church. Enjoy the spectacular beauty of the show accompanied by recorded performances of the Cathedral District Church musicians, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus.
Visit the Lighting of the Basilica at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 121 East Duval Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202.December 9 through December 26, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6 pm to 9 pm.
Light show repeats every 15 minutes.
Brought to you by Cathedral District Jax, Inc. the Basilica Lights is presented by Sight & Sound, with thanks to the Castano Group and for generously offering this Christmas Light Art Installation as a high point for LET THERE BE LIGHT! This is the third year for this free event is brought to you by the Cathedral District – Jax Inc.
The Cathedral District is lighting trees throughout the district every evening November 27 through December 31.
The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, First United Methodist Church, Historic Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church and St John’s Episcopal Cathedral will shine as part of a self driving tour that includes more than 150 brightly lit trees. Other significant historic landmark buildings of the Cathedral District will be illuminated as well including Morocco Temple, Bedell Law Firm, and Elena Flats.
Opening “bells” at 6 p.m. with all five churches ringing simultaneously for a full five minutes. Visitors enjoy audio narration (with introduction by Courtney Lewis), recorded music on the audio tour and live music on Opening Night.
To get a glimpse of the tour take a look at the videos from 2020.
Enjoy safely from your car. Click on the links below to find:
First United Methodist Church
Historic Mt. Zion Church
Bedell Law Firm
First Presbyterian Jacksonville
Basilica Immaculate Conception
St John’s Episcopal Cathedral
Basilica Laser Show
Thank you to our Cathedral District – Jax Board of Directors, our Historic Churches, and our Community Donors and Partners for Making this Event Possible!
With thanks to our individual donors:
William Barnett Family
J.F. Bryan IV
Joannie & Russell Newton Jr.
Tony Sleiman Family
Cathedral District Jax is growing a leafy, vibrant neighborhood in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. Anchored by five historic churches, the 36-block Cathedral District includes businesses, residential housing, neighborhood schools, public art, employment opportunities and more.