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

Christmas scene at the Historic Courthouse

Friday, November 22 - Sunday, November 24, 2019

Experience the splendor of the holiday season with the 27th Annual Christmas at the Historic Courthouse!

This 3-day event is full of holiday spirit and merry memories. All proceeds raised from this event benefit the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund and help preserve this historic landmark. Whether you're looking for a special date night or fun the whole family can enjoy, Christmas at the Historic Courthouse has memorable experiences for all!

Gatsby Gala FundraiserFriday, November 22, 6:00-8:30 p.m. 
Great Gatsby Christmas Gala Fundraiser  $25.00 in advance/$30 at the door 
The 2019 Christmas at the Courthouse event is sure to be the bee's knees! Indulge the senses at the Friday evening Great Gatsby Christmas Gala. Guys and dolls
are invited to put on their best 1920's flapper dresses and suits and step into the Jazz Age. Sample some giggle water (local beer & wine from Lift Bridge Brewery & Saint Croix Vineyards), enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres from local vendors, and shimmy to live music while getting a sneak peek into the holiday bazaar featuring unique goods from local craftsmen and vendors. 

Christmas at the Courthouse 2019Saturday, November 23, 10:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
Sunday, November 24, 11:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Holiday Bazaar
 - FREE to attend!
Wander into a winter wonderland on Saturday and Sunday. Take in the sights of the season with the Historic Courthouse decorated for the holidays inside and out, enjoy live music, shop for the perfect gift at the holiday bazaar, purchase locally made treats at the Holiday Bake Shop or bring your camera to take FREE photos with Santa Claus in his workshop from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

2019 Christmas at the Courthouse Vendors


2019 Gala Fundraiser Food & Beverage Sponsors:

St. Croix Vineyards
Lift Bridge Brewery

Brine's Market & Deli
Chowgirls Killer Catering
Grand Catering of Stillwater
Kowalski's Markets
Scheel's Catering

and more!

A special thank you to our décor sponsor Rose Floral for providing the beautiful outdoor décor at the Historic Courthouse, our fabulous musicians who performed throughout the event, and our wonderful volunteers.

Without you this event would not be possible. Thank you for supporting this historic landmark!

2020 Vendor Applications 

Approximately 2,000 visitors begin the season at the Historic Courthouse! This is a juried event and we accept approximately 30 vendors each year. To be eligible, please submit the vendor application, check payment, and photos of your product and booth setup for review by the deadline listed in the application. A sample of your product is not required, however it is encouraged in order to assist our jury in making their final decisions. Vendors will be notified by e-mail of their status in the event after the application deadline. Interested in becoming a vendor at the 2020 Christmas at the Historic Courthouse event? We especially seek out local vendors with a variety of handcrafted and/or local goods. Applications will be available starting in May 2020. 

2019 Christmas at the Courthouse Vendor Application
Vendor spaces have been filled for 2019. Applications for 2020 will be made available in May of next year.