On the first Friday night of December, holiday revelers gather around the historic 1859 Rutherford County Court House, for the annual lighting of the Rutherford County Christmas tree. Main Street organizes this event, featuring entertainment, caroling, the lighting of the tree, and a visit from a very special bearded gentleman. Bring your family downtown for dinner, view the live nativity, shop in unique stores, enjoy an hour-long program full of choir music, dancing, acting, and Santa. Free activities for children, carriage rides, and pictures with Santa run from 5:30-8:30pm. Stage performances begin at 6:00pm and are over by 7:15pm. Santa goes into the courthouse for free photos afterwards, with continued activities and entertainment outside until 8:30pm. It's a Christmas tradition for Murfreesboro and we hope you and your family will be a part of the festivities.