Courthouse to join in holiday spirit

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the downtown Bloomington Museum of History square, located at 200 N. Main Street, will be the 23rd annual Christmas at the Courthouse event where people can enjoy holiday music, carols, homemade cookies and children’s arts and crafts.

“The old courthouse on the square in downtown Bloomington will be decked out in holiday finery and guests are greeted by a decorated tree standing in the center of the rotunda,” Jeff Woodard, director of marketing and community relations at the McLean County Museum of History, said.

Woodard explained this year the Bloomington Fire Department’s engine and the ISU Big Red Marching Machineg will escort St. Nicholas up the museum steps immediately following the Jaycees Parade.

“Families can take photos with St. Nick and make 1940s-themed crafts in the museum galleries,” Woodard said. “Also, Mike Matejka will share his model toy train which is always a hit with the children.”

Musical performances will feature the acoustical styling of Graham Cowger, the Bloomington High School Quartet, Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra, Loving Missionary Choir, the Sound of Illinois Chorus, storytelling with Dr. Mike Lockett and the Tale Spinners, and the State Farm Singers, he said.

The event will also give holiday shoppers an opportunity.

“For shoppers looking for unique local gifts, the Museum’s On the Square gift shop will be open,” he said.

A new feature to the shop this year is the ISU baseball replica hat from the 1969 NCAA College Division World Series Championship team. The hat is sold exclusively at the gift shop.

There is no registration needed to attend the event and the event is free. There is an expected turn out of around 700 to 800 participants.

The Christmas at the Courthouse event is appropriate for all ages and is considered a family event.

The museum is also partnering with the David Davis Mansion, offering a new Holiday History Pass.

“Visit both [the Museum of History and the David Davis Mansion] between November 29 and December 31 and you can become eligible for a special holiday prize give-away,” he said.

The museum will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the Clare House.

For more information about the event visit or call (309) 827-0428.

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