Make plans this holiday season to visit Macoupin County’s “Million Dollar Courthouse” for an old fashion Christmas. The sparkle, glitter and shine of Christmas will be present in the halls, stairways and the domed courtroom of this historic courthouse built in 1870. You can learn more about the history (and scandal) during a guided tour on Saturday, December 8 from 1:00-3:00. Tours are every 30 minutes and the price is $5 per person. Children under 12 are free. There is a special combination price of $8 for tours on that day for both the Courthouse and a Sears Home.
There will also be a presentation of an Abraham Lincoln Portrait to the Macoupin County Courthouse in honor of Illinois’ Bicentennial. The presentation which will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 4:30-5:00 and is open to the public.
The 4th Annual Courthouse Christmas Open House will be hosted by the Courthouse Christmas Decorating Volunteers along with the Carlinville Tourism Committee the evening of December 8 from 5:30-8:00. This will be a rare opportunity to see the Courthouse in a different light…Christmas lights! The public is invited to step back in time and stroll down the halls to enjoy the feel of Christmas Past. Take time to slow down and appreciate the beauty of the magnificent main courtroom decorated in holly and bows. Admission will be a donation to the Courthouse Renovation Fund which will go toward new carpeting in the main courtroom.
We are excited for the opportunity to offer musical performances in the main courtroom throughout the evening of the Open House. The following musical groups will be performing: The Carlinville’s Men’s choir at 5:30, Carlinville Area Church Mass Choir at 6:00, Blackburn Instrumental Quintet at 6:30, Chance Reiniesch at 7:00, and Dane Rosentreter at 7:30.
Since a lot of time and effort was put into decorating the Courthouse, it has been decided to offer time during the second week of December for the public to stop by to view the decorations. The Courthouse will be opened Tuesday, Dec. 11 and Thursday, Dec. 13 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. It is hoped that by offering these two weekday evenings more people will have the chance to see this magnificent building in all its Christmas glory.