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.
2011 Lighting of the Tree
Due to inclement weather, the program was moved indoors where there is a second Citizens' Christmas Tree, and it was lighted along with the wonderful music from the Dorsett Shoals Elementary School Chorus under the direction of Rick Sills>
Chairman Tom Worthan and his family lead the countdown to the lighting of the tree, and Santa arrived to hear the Christmas lists of good little boys and girls!
Photos from the 2011 Lighting of the Tree!
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