For its second annual holiday event, Cathedral District Jacksonville is lighting up the district for Christmas in the Cathedral District: Let There Be Light, which will be visible from I-95 and the Acosta, Main Street, Hart and Mathews Bridges. This first-of-its-kind spectacular event is the Cathedral District’s gift to its beloved community after a long and challenging year.
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, Christmas market, and musical performances, 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 instead.
Every evening for over one month beginning November 27, The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, First United Methodist Church, Historic Mount Zion AME Church and St. Johns Episcopal Cathedral will shine as part of a driving tour that includes more than 100 brightly lit trees. Other significant landmark buildings will be illuminated as well.
“Imagine the central core of our beloved Cathedral District, with our five historic churches, shining as a beacon of light from the highest point in Jacksonville,” said Ginny Myrick, CEO and President of Cathedral District Jax. “It will be a thing of beauty and a wonderful gift to the community during such a challenging year! Guests will be able to enjoy the display from their cars, sharing the delight of the season with their families while remaining safely distanced from others. We are keeping the holiday spirit alive during the full season of Christmas.”
The Cathedral District’s green team will use energy-efficient LED lighting to provide more light with much less energy thanks to event partner JEA, which will provide the infrastructure for this amazing gift of light.
Christmas in the Cathedral District partners include: Vestcor, WJXT- 4, Jaguars Foundation, Community Foundation, FIS Foundation, WJB Real Estate Companies, Blue Sky Communities, Aging True, Sleiman Enterprises, JEA, VyStar Credit Union, Regency Centers, DVI and Liz Morgan PR. For more information, please visit cathedraldistrict-jax.org.