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While temperatures are hovering around the century mark it's never too soon to think about Christmas. Parker County’s 32 foot tall Christmas tree, nativity and Christmas lights will return to the historic Parker County Courthouse this November.
Lighting of the tree will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24th, weather permitting, setting the scene for an enjoyable Christmas holiday season.
“We are thrilled to bring the tree and the lights back to the courthouse,” Parker County Judge Mark Riley said. “We invite everyone to visit, take photos and enjoy the holiday.”
Due to the work on the courthouse roof, windows and clock tower, last year’s tree was placed at the county parking lot at York and Dallas streets.
Courthouse Christmas Committee Chairperson Donna Tillman echoed those thoughts and said she will be seeking donations from the community to replace and update some of the existing decorations.
“I am excited to be thinking about Christmas and bringing back the original decorations and displays to our Courthouse lawn,” Tillman said. “There was a definite void in our downtown area last year due to the repairs taking place on our Crown Jewel.”
Local donations from the community made the purchase of the tree and decorations possible.
“Be watching for updates and ways you can donate on our Facebook page, Parker County Courthouse Christmas,” Tillman said.
If enough funds are raised another tree will be purchased for the county owned parking lot on the corner of York and Dallas Streets.
Parker County’s Courthouse Christmas is a tradition that was re-started in 2013.
Riley requested Commissioners Court to give him the authority to form the Courthouse Christmas Committee which was made up of local business owners and residents who dreamt of bringing back the tall tree and Christmas tradition to the historical courthouse.
In subsequent years the number of lights and decorations has expanded, making the courthouse a beacon of Christmas spirit that brings hundreds of people to the downtown square.