Weatherford News

Parker County prepares for historic courthouse lighting event

Last year’s lighting ceremony was a tremendous success with thousands turning out for the event.
Last year’s lighting ceremony was a tremendous success with thousands turning out for the event. Weatherford Star-Telegram

The Christmas season, often times, has the tendency to turn a perfectly grown adult into a child. There’s just something about that little extra nip in the air, combined with Christmas music, and the overall spirit of "goodwill toward men" that puts a spark in the eye of many.

Donna Tillman professes to fall into that category as she prepares for the third annual lighting of the Parker County’s Historic Courthouse on Sat., Nov. 28.

“This is one of my favorite projects,” Tillman said. “It has brought such joy to our community and people talk about it all year. So many have helped and sponsored great things.”

She said it wasn’t to late to for folks to join in on very affordable sponsorships.

“All donations will be used to purchase the additional lights, Tree Forest for Angels, replacement candles and batteries,” Tillman said. “I know there are additional lights being added to the corner bushes, lighting around the base of the pecan trees on the east and west side, plus lighting down the center of the sidewalks on the east and west side.”

She said work has already begun and will culminate with the switch being flipped on beginning at 7 p.m.

“I can't wait,” she said. “It makes me so happy to see that beautiful building and grounds all lit up and hear the music playing.”

Along with a 32 foot tall Christmas tree, the Tree Forest for Angels will be where residents can place their own ornaments in honor or memory of a loved one. Brightly lit stars will adorn the clock tower and dormers and a nativity scene will be located on the west lawn of the courthouse. Christmas music will resonate from the courthouse clock tower adding to the Christmas spirit.

"Our courthouse is going to be stunning this year," Tillman said. “With the additional lights and decorations we believe the courthouse is going to look better than ever."

County Judge Mark Riley said he expects another large crowd to attend the lighting ceremony.

"We noticed last year after the tree lighting the courthouse became a very popular location for Christmas pictures," he said in a release. "Bringing the lights back to the courthouse has really helped bring the Christmas spirit back to downtown Weatherford. It is a joy to see all the families enjoying the courthouse and taking pictures, capturing memories to pass down to generations to come."

Donations can be made by check payable to the Parker County Historical Commission and mailed to PCCCC PO Box 284, Weatherford, TX 76086. Donations are also accepted via PayPal by going to, click on "Send & Request", click on "Send Money to Friends & Family", enter the email address, enter the amount of donation and finally click on "Send Money Now".

Cash or check donations can be made at Hartness Print Central on the Square with committee member Lori Bennett or at Holland Lake Nursing Center with Donna Tillman.

All donations will be acknowledged on social media and recorded in Commissioners Court Minutes.

Tillman said additional information will be available by contacting the committee at or by following them on Facebook at Parker County Courthouse Christmas Committee.

Lance Winter: 817-594-9902, Ext. 102,

Twitter: @LanceWinter