A Free, Festive, Family-Friendly & Socially-Distanced Christmas Event 

Historic Churches Lit Up, Bells Ringing, Live Nativity Scene and Holiday Music – plus a Special FOUR DAY ONLY Spectacular Laser Light Show!

Join us every night now 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 first-of-its-kind experience.

Event-in-Event: Free Laser Light Show!

For four nights over Christmas – December 24-27, an incredible Laser Light Art & Sound Installation will take place on one of the Cathedral District’s Historic Churches! This visual marvel will be one of the first times in the United States that this type of laser light installation has been 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.

At the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 121 East Duval Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Christmas Eve
December 24 • 7 pm to 11 pm

Christmas Night & Day After
Dec. 25 & 26 • 6 pm to 10 pm

Laser Light show repeats every 15 minutes.

BeLightJax.com Brought to you by Cathedral District Jax, Inc. With thanks to the Castano Group for generously offering this Christmas Laser Light Art Installation as a high point for LET THERE BE LIGHT!

What:

For its second annual Christmas event, the Cathedral District is lighting up the district for Let There Be Light. This first-of-its-kind, free event is the Cathedral District’s gift to its beloved community after a long and challenging year.

When:

The Cathedral District is lit every evening through December 31

Grand Finale
December 24 (Christmas Eve), 7:00-11:00 pm
December 25-27, 6:00-10:00 pm

You’ll See:

The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, First United Methodist Church, Historic Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church and St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral will shine as part of a driving tour that includes more than 150 brightly lit trees. Other significant historic landmark buildings will be illuminated as well including Yates Building, Morocco Temple, Bedell Law Firm, and Elena Flats.

You’ll Hear:

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) as well as music by the Jacksonville Symphony while you savor this first-of-its-kind experience.

Why:

Like many non-profits, the Cathedral District was in the middle of event planning when the pandemic up-ended public life. With COVID 19 making it impossible to repeat the district’s wildly successful holiday event of last year with the same up-close and personal church tours, so the Cathedral District’s board of directors came up with the idea of hosting a safe, family-friendly, drive-through event to showcase its five historic churches Stay in your car and be safe!

Thank you to our CD-J Board of Directors, our Historic Churches, and our Community Donors and Partners for Making this Event Possible!

The Jacksonville Symphony, The Florida Theater, Downtown Vision, Inc., The Jacksonville Wind Symphony

View our Donor Page for a Complete List of Sponsors

With thanks to our individual donors:
William Barnett Family
J.F. Bryan IV
Emmy Cerveny

Joannie & Russell Newton Jr.
Tony Sleiman Family
Jeanne Winston
John Sefton
Joan Haskell
Julia Suddath
And thanks to our partner donors:

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.

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