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Christmas in the Cathedral District: Let There Be Light


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.

Opening Night

On November 27, 2021, 6:00-9:00 pm starting at Main Street Park will kick off Christmas in the Cathedral with live music and tours of the historical churches in the district.  Tour the district with our driving or walking audio tour and find more live bands and hear about the architectural wonders of different historic buildings at your own pace.

You’ll See:

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.

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), 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.

Only events occurring within Downtown Jacksonville will be accepted.
If you have any questions pleascontact us.
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Only events occurring within Downtown Jacksonville will be accepted.
If you have any questions please email lexi@dtjax.org.