December 09, 2021

Courthouse Lighting Goes Retro

Come join one of Newton’s longest running holiday traditions

Bring the whole family, or just yourself, to downtown Newton to watch the Christmas lights turn at “the most beautiful county capitol in Iowa” for the first time on Friday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m.

All the lights, from the courthouse to the main street businesses, are all decorated in a “retro” theme this year. Almost all of the courthouse decorations date back to the 1940s and several businesses on, and off, Newton’s town square will take visitors on a journey through several different decades.

The Farmer’s Wife, Silverado Jewelry and Forbes Office Solutions will all be open for shopping, and competing, for the best lights and decorations to show off to shoppers.

After the lighting come and see some carolers from Newtons own Community Heights Church choir who will be belting out all the greatest holiday-themed hits throughout the night.

If singing isn’t your thing, or you just have younger kids who you want to treat to some classic holiday experiences, you can come and visit Santa Claus, all the way from the North Pole for one night only, inside the Courthouse from 5:30-8 p.m. After that take a trip on a complimentary one horse open wagon ride around the town square.

And you can’t forget to pick up your Christmas tree!

Newton’s 4-H club will be putting on their own Festival of Trees. Come see dozens of uniquely decorated Christmas trees inside, and throughout, the courthouse.

You can even pick up and pick out your very own tree from Emmy’s Tree Farm, who’ll be selling live trees outside on the square. If a live tree is not your speed you can still buy a holiday wreath from the Newton Scout Troop #354.

The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce hopes to see everyone enjoy and attend this longstanding downtown holiday event.

According to them they hope to see everyone come out to enjoy not just the courthouse lighting, but also come and see the lights decorating several downtown businesses.

So come on down and experience everything that Newton’s historic downtown has to offer.

Do some early Christmas shopping, grab a free hot chocolate and holiday cookies and enjoy this family friendly event!

Contact Abby Knipfel at 641-792-4687 ext. 6531 or

Abby Knipfel

Abby "Adler" Knipfel

Journalist at Newton Daily News. Currently covering Jasper County and writing passionate opinion pieces. They/Them