Christmas in the Cathedral District 2020: Let There Be Light

Thru December 30

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.  

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 over the next month, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, First United Methodist Church, Historic Mount Zion AME Church, and St. John’s 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.

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.  

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Author: Arbus

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