The annual Pueblo County Courthouse Lighting Ceremony is the kickoff to the holiday season in downtown Pueblo. We celebrate by decorating the inside of our historic Courthouse with dozens of trees and unique decorations. The night of our lighting ceremony, fireworks & lasers synchronized to music light up the night sky as our life-sized light switch is flipped illuminating our historic building for the thousands of people in the crowd and many more watching online.
The lighting ceremony begins at 7 p.m. but the festivities kick off at 5 p.m. in front of the Courthouse. Nick Donovan with KPHT 95.5 FM emcees the pre -show and plays festive music, food trucks line up so everyone can grab a bite to eat, first responder vehicles such as SWAT and fire trucks; police cruisers; and ambulances line the street for kids and their families to check out.
The Courthouse Lighting started in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks. Former Pueblo County Commissioner Matt Peulen thought the County should do something for Christmas as a way to bring our community together in a positive way. In 2021 Mr. Peulen passed away, our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We thank Mr. Peulen for his service to our community and his great idea of the lighting ceremony.
The Courthouse is located at 215 W. 10th Street in Pueblo, CO.