Santa and Kids
The Lighting of the Citizens' Christmas Tree at the Douglas County Courthouse always occurs on the Monday night after Thanksgiving and officially kicks off the Christmas Season at the Courthouse!
The Lighting program always begins with hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, and fellowship at 6 p.m., and the program itself begins at 7 p.m. The program always features music from a Douglas County Public School, the lighting of the tree, and the arrival of Santa!
The Citizens' Christmas Tree
The Citizens' Christmas Tree is a live deodora cedar tree that is on the grounds of the Douglas County Courthouse adjacent to Hospital Drive. The tree was planted in 2007 after the widening of Hospital Drive was complete, and the tree lighting program began that year.
The Citizens' Christmas Tree was the idea of Douglas County Commission Chairman Tom Worthan who wanted an outdoor Christmas tree at the Courthouse as a symbol of the community coming together and celebrating. The tree stays lighted through the Christmas holiday.
2013 Lighting of the Citizen's Christmas Tree
Click Here to see the slideshow of the 2013 lighting of the Citizen's Christmas Tree!