The Washington County Historic Courthouse has a rich history of civic and community engagement. Today the Courthouse hosts a variety of community, family-friendly events, history-based programs/exhibits, fundraisers and more. Proceeds from our events support the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund.

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  1. Christmas at the Courthouse
  2. Holiday Photo Sessions
  3. Victorian Tea
  4. Community Ice Cream Social
  5. Johnsdale Paranormal Group

Christmas scene at the Historic Courthouse

Experience the splendor of the holiday season with the 29th Annual Christmas at the Historic Courthouse!

All proceeds raised from this event benefit the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund and help preserve this historic landmark.

2021 Event Schedule

  • Saturday, Nov. 20, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  - Holiday Bazaar
    • Christmas Album Challenge - Prize drawing held at 3pm
    • Gammelgarden Swedish Holiday Display & Craft Bags - All Day (craft bags available while supplies last)
    • Selfie Station - All Day
  • Sunday, Nov. 21, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Holiday Bazaar
    • Christmas Album Challenge - Prize drawing at 2pm
    • Gammelgarden Swedish Holiday Display & Craft Bags - All Day (craft bags available while supplies last)
    • Selfie Station - All Day

Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, November 20 & Sunday, November 21

Wander into a winter wonderland and take in the sights of the season with the Historic Courthouse decorated for the holidays inside and out while shopping at the holiday bazaar! Visit with vendors of unique, hand-crafted items, tour the exhibits and old county jail, and enter to win prizes! Beat the holiday rush and get your shopping done early.

This year, Gammelgarden Museum will be providing a beautiful small display featuring Swedish holiday traditions, along with free children's craft bags on Saturday and Sunday. The craft bags are first come, first serve on a limited basis and are available in the main hallway.

Enter to win prizes with the Christmas Album Challenge! Pick up an entry card at one of the building entrances and enjoy holiday music favorites played on a phonograph while searching the Historic Courthouse for classic Christmas albums hidden throughout the building. Find them all and turn in your entry card for a chance to win prizes donated by a variety of local businesses. See the 2021 Event Sponsors below for a list of participating businesses.

Please note: Face masks are required for all vaccinated and nonvaccinated individuals inside the Historic Courthouse. Social distancing is encouraged and hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the building.

Click here to see a list of the 2021 vendors

2021 Event Sponsors

A special thank you to all of our sponsors who donated prizes for this event! This event would not be possible without support from our community. Thank you for supporting this important historic state landmark.

Alfresco Casual Living
Coffee Paw Cafe
Courthouse Quilters
Diamonds on Main
Domacin Wine Bar
Joseph's Family Restaurant
Oasis Cafe
River Jeans
Rivertown Inn
Rose Floral

2022 Vendor Applications
Cuppa Cake Vendor at the 2018 Christmas at the Courthouse

Vendor applications for the 2022 Christmas at the Courthouse event will be available in May 2022.

Visitors have begun the holiday shopping season at the Historic Courthouse for the past 29 years! Join the tradition and experience a holiday event like no other. This is a juried event and approximately 30 vendors will be accepted in 2022. To be eligible, please submit a vendor application and photos of your product and booth setup for review by the deadline listed in the application. We especially seek out local vendors with a variety of handcrafted and/or local goods.