Did you know you can find your Friends of the Creche Schedule online? Entering the "Register Now" portal does not atomically register you (it's closed anyway), but it does give you access to the schedule via your Smartphone or tablet while you are at the convention.
Here's a second look at that schedule to remind you of activities coming your way!
BTW, you never know who you might see it D.C. LOL.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6
Please see some holiday favorites from members of the convention committee below. You can also visit www.washington.org for a guide book and additional ideas.
Check-in at the hotel does not start until 4 pm, however, registration will be open from 1-5 pm. Early arrivals can leave their luggage with the bellman. There's a gathering area on the floor above the lobby where you can mingle with old friends and meet some new.
Monuments by Moonlight Tour
Our convention will officially open with a Monuments by Moonlight tour. Seeing Washington D.C. after dark can be a magical experience. The city comes alive with twinkling lights and the monuments and landmarks that you may have visited during the day take on a whole new character under the cover of darkness. The National Mall is especially stunning at night with the iconic Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial standing tall and illuminated. We will be stopping at the Pathway of Peace where stands the national Christmas Tree surrounded by 56 decorated Christmas trees from each U.S. state, territory, and Washington, D.C. This is a must-do for anyone who wants to experience the city in a new and exciting way.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7
Enjoy the many breakfast spots within easy walking distance from the hotel.
General Meeting and Guest Speakers
Our president, Sydne Yanko-Jongbloed will address the membership followed by inspiring presentations from Jem Sullivan, Father Grenier and Lori Amos.
Board the bus for the Franciscan Monastery and enjoy a box lunch provided by Cosi Catering.
Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land of America
Discover the beauty and spirituality of the Holy Land right here in America at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land of America. This stunning monastery is home to replicas of some of the most important sites in the Holy Land, including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Garden of Gethsemane, and the Mount of Olives. You will also view their annual nativity exhibit. These beautifully crafted nativities come from all over the world and showcase the diversity and creativity of the Christmas Story.
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
The Basilica is the largest Catholic Church building in North America and one of the largest in the world. Here you will see the Incarnation Dome Nativity and the Nativity Mosaic-Epiphany in the Great Upper Church. The Basilica has an extensive gift shop with a large variety of nativities.
Our buses will stop at a chapel in Kensington where we will have a quick catered Mexican meal prior to attending the Festival of Lights.
Festival of Lights, Washington, DC Temple, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Festival of Lights, at the Washington D.C. Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is one of D.C.'s great community traditions. We will enjoy a live musical performance in the visitor center's comfortable state-of-the-art theater, an extensive international nativity collection, and over 400,000 lights.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8
Breakfast will be on your own. Buses will arrive at 9:15 and will promptly leave at 9:30.
Washington National Cathedral
The National Cathedral is an architectural masterpiece and a beloved national landmark. For 29 years, the Cathedral’s extensive collection of nativity scenes has delighted visitors of all ages as they tell the story of that first Christmas through the lens of cultures from around the world.
Board Buses and Lunch
After visiting the Washington National Cathedral you will enjoy a box lunch from Potbelly's while traveling to the Museum of the Bible.
12:30-3:30 PM Museum of the Bible and/or The National Gallery of Art
Our buses will be stopping at the Museum of the Bible . Members can experience the rich history and cultural significance of the Bible at the Museum of the Bible. With interactive displays, this museum offers something for everyone. Don't miss the opportunity to delve deeper into the world's most influential book. Their gift store has a lovely array of nativities for sale.
The Museum of the Bible is a .5 mile walk from the National Gallery of Art. You may choose to split your time there and view the nativity art on display. Buses will pick up members at both locations to take you back to the hotel.
Friends of the Creche Banquet
Join us for an evening of inspiration, friendship and holiday cheer at the Friends of the Creche banquet at the Mayflower Hotel. Our guest speakers, Lori and Chip Amos, will enlighten and entertain us with a presentation on Carols and Creches. There will be a Silent Auction as well as a raffle that will support The Friends of the Creche. This special event is a perfect opportunity to come together as friends to celebrate the spirit of the season at the conclusion of our convention.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9
12:00 PM Check-Out Bonvoy members may be eligible for late check-out. You can check your luggage with the hotel bellmen if you have an evening departure time. Extend your stay and enjoy this great city!