Celebrate Christmas Downtown
On the first Friday night of December, holiday revelers gather around the courthouse for the annual lighting of the county Christmas tree. Main Street organizes the event, which features entertainment, caroling, the lighting of the tree and a visit from a very special bearded gentleman. Children are encouraged to climb on his lap and tell him their wishes. 2019’s celebration was even bigger than before with a new location for our stage, additional activities for children to participate in thanks to our sponsors: Murfreesboro Electric, Pinnacle Financial Bank, CSL Plasma, Redstone Federal Credit Union, Rutherford County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and National Dance Club. From free hot cocoa to making reindeer food and a picture ornament there was plenty to do for the young ones on the square that night.
A big thank you to the Rutherford County Courthouse and Murfreesboro Electric for the live reindeer on the square “Jingle” and “Belle”. A new addition was the “movie under the stars”, thanks to partners Murfreesboro City Parks and Rec for hosting their blow-up screen and showing “Polar Express” to families after the tree lighting. A special touch in the courthouse, for anxious children waiting to talk to Santa, was the Read to Succeed volunteers, who read Christmas books to families waiting in line.
Thanks to Redstone Federal Credit Union, Main Street held a Holiday Window Tour and Contest with participating downtown merchants. Congratulations to ReVintaged Lemon for winning the 2019 Judge’s choice award and to The Country Gourmet for winning the voter’s choice through the most social media tags of their window display. Supporting sponsors were Dempsey Vantrease & Follis, First Vision Bank, and Walmart on Old Fort Parkway.
A special thank you to the participating acts that made our program have a hometown feel: Center for the Arts, Homer Pittard Campus School Chorus, Salem Elementary School Chorus, The Dancer’s School, and the debut of the Murfreesboro Community Choir, made up of members from six of our local churches: First Baptist on East Castle, First Baptist on East Main, Belle Aire Baptist, New Vision, Stones River, and Trinity Presbyterian Church. Blackman High School Choir serenaded shoppers after the program on the square and shops stayed open later to show off their unique gifts for the Christmas season. Thank you to Mayor Ketron, the Rutherford County Mayor, for emceeing the hour-long program.
First Friday Night
Lighting of Tree