Parker County’s 32 foot tall Christmas tree will still go up this year, but it will be in the parking lot owned by the county, off York Avenue adjacent to the square.
Lighting of the tree will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25th, weather permitting, and Christmas carols will be played ringing in the Christmas season and setting the scene for enjoyable Christmas family time for residents along York Avenue.
With the courthouse under construction, Parker County Judge Mark Riley said safety and aesthetics were the driving factors in moving the tree.
"After discussions with our contractor, relocating the tree, nativity and other decorations to our parking lot off York Avenue and Dallas Avenue is the right thing to do," Riley said. "With the scaffolding up around our courthouse the new location will offer a more festive Christmas spirit. It is going to look great and it will continue to be a great opportunity for our residents to enjoy the sights and take family photos."
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Courthouse Christmas Committee Chairperson Donna Tillman said the county’s Building and Grounds Department is working with the City of Weatherford on electrical improvements to the lot which will allow the Christmas tree and decorations to shine like always.
"I am excited for us to be able to move our beautiful Christmas tree, nativity scene and other decorations to this location, due to the renovations and repairs taking place at the courthouse," Tillman said. "It will be a wonderful display that our community will be able to enjoy throughout the holiday season."
Debra Wakeland Main Street Director, City of Weatherford said she is thrilled to continue with the tradition of Christmas downtown.
"The central business district will be alive with the sound of music and we are looking forward to a great Christmas holiday," she said.
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.
Local donations from the community made the purchase of the tree and decorations possible.
In subsequent years the number of lights and decorations has grown, making the courthouse a beacon of Christmas spirit that brought hundreds of people to the downtown square.
"This year’s setting for the tree will be great for residents who enjoy shopping on York Avenue and for the Christmas on the Square event," Riley said. "We are going to set it up so that if people want to come and sing Christmas carols and take photos they will be able to do so."
The tree will be moved back to the East Lawn of the courthouse next year when work on the roof and clock tower is completed.