Courthouse Lighting Ceremony
The Pueblo County Courthouse Lighting started in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks. Former Pueblo County Commissioner Matt Peulen thought the County should do something for Christmas. Mr. Peulen thought it would be nice to light up Pueblo's Courthouse during the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony. The tradition of decorating the courthouse has been going on since 1912, when the Courthouse was constructed. Traditionally, the Courthouse Lighting is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Each year the Courthouse is decorated on the inside based on the theme that is selected. The theme for 2019 is Colorado Christmas. The Lighting Ceremony will honor Service Members and Veterans.
The Christmas Tree displayed in the Rotunda is a focal point of the Courthouse Lighting event each year. Kids love to take pictures next to the nearly 20-foot tree. The Christmas tree is decorated with over 600 LED lights and nearly 500 ornaments.
In 2018 about 1,500 people enjoyed a historic moment as fireworks were shot off of the roof of the Courthouse for the very first time. During the 5-minute show over 200 firework shells were shot 150-feet into the air.
The inside of the Courthouse is richly decorated every year with many Christmas displays, trees, and ornaments. Designer Karen Farbo with Staged 2 Sell and her team spend several days before the Lighting Ceremony decorating the first and second floors of the Courthouse.
Donate to Courthouse Lighting
We graciously accept and appreciate any donations the public makes towards the Courthouse Lighting. The money raised helps keep the event free to the public while providing beautiful decorations for the public to view inside and around the Courthouse.