Ninth annual ‘Festival of Trees’ and ‘Miracle on the Square’ happening at Jefferson County Courthouse

FAIRBURY, NE – The Ninth Annual “Festival of Trees” is underway in Fairbury.

More than 20 local businesses put up their own themed Christmas trees in the lobby of the Jefferson County courthouse on both Wednesday and Thursday.

The Festival of Trees is the precursor to Fairbury’s Miracle on the Square, which takes place Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the courthouse.

Sharon Priefert, the executive of Fairbury’s Chamber of Commerce, says the annual Festival of Trees and Miracle on the Square is a cost-free way for local businesses to get into the holiday spirit.

“It gives businesses and organizations a chance to set up a tree,” Preifert said. “Either advertise or promote their business, and a chance to put a tree that they, in general, just like to decorate.”

Miracle on the Square will feature visits from the Grinch, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, Santa and Mrs. Claus and more family-friendly activities.

Carriage rides were originally planned, but those were cancelled due to an injury to the carriage driver, according to Priefert.

Santa was originally planned to make his entrance to the courthouse on carriage. Instead, he’ll ride over in a fire truck, according to assistant fire chief Chris Parker.

“The kids can then come and let Santa know what they want for Christmas,” Prefiert said.

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