Courthouse lighting is a defining Prescott event
This year, Forrest said they added a 25-foot by 9-foot "Seasons Greetings" marquee and two 8-foot-tall lighted dancing bears. They also added two 48-inch wreaths with ribbons and lights to the 12 they bought last year.
Before Gheral Brownlow, Yavapai County supervisor and a member of the courthouse lighting committee, came on board, he said the lighting consisted of only a decorated courthouse.
When he got involved about eight years ago, he started the ground decorations. He helps pu up the rope lights on the downtown buildings and refurbishes the mechanical Santa Claus and elves that are in the gazebo downtown.
They also added a large, "fold up" Christmas tree this year that is made up of golden tinsel.
Opening ceremonies at the courthouse lighting will begin at about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and the lighting (with children singing from local school choirs) will take place at 6.
Liaison of the lighting, Harold Viehweg, said this festivity is part of what makes Prescott "Arizona's Christmas City" because even for those who have already seen it, it still "will almost take your breath away."