Every Christmas season the courthouse is brightened with thousands of lights from Thanksgiving weekend to the New Year. Christmas lights on the courthouse began after World War I. In the beginning lights hung from the courthouse steeple in the shape of a large Christmas tree. Over the years, more lights have been added and in 1997, a “Festival of Lights” event was added on Thanksgiving weekend to celebrate the season. The lights now highlight the courthouse’s features and each side of the courthouse proclaim either “Peace”, “Joy”, “Hope”, or “Love”. The courthouse has over 300,000 lights and the gazebo has over 29,500 lights. They can be seen from miles away.

In addition to the lights, Christmas music can be heard from the courthouse steeple by visitors there to see the beautiful Christmas lights. Jean Schaefer, Roy Schaefer, and Jim Jakubek along with the help of many volunteers are currently responsible for the lighting of the courthouse. They can be frequently seen at the courthouse, during the season, making sure that everything is perfect.

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