Pueblo County Courthouse holiday lighting Tuesday night

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PUEBLO, Colo. — Pueblo County is inviting the community to kick off the holiday season with a festive lighting event Tuesday night.

Dozens braved the bitter cold to join the county in kicking off the holiday season.

The event started at 4 p.m. with a variety of activities for kids, including cartoon portraits, and first responders and military vehicles.

The county is honoring active military service members and veterans this year.

Colorado National Guard Specialist Logan Hatter knows that just like the holiday season his job won’t last forever. He hopes to inspire younger generations to help their community too.

“We really enjoy doing community outreach and talking to the community and we want our faces to be out there and be seen,” Hatter added. “What I do will only be temporary and there will have to be people to do it after me so if I can inspire them now to take an interest in it. Even though we might not be around during the holidays and weekends we are still here and for everyone.”

There was a fireworks show as well set to music during the lighting.

The county said a number of community organizations donated to help with costs associated with Tuesday’s event and raised $25,000.

A snowstorm that impacted many other areas in Colorado from Monday night into Tuesday did not make its way to Pueblo, so the event is not affected by the weather.

Still, anyone who isn’t prepared to stand out in the cold can warm up inside the courthouse rotunda, where they can see a nearly 35-foot tall Christmas tree, decorated with 3,500 LED lights.

Also on display, a gingerbread house created and donated by Pueblo Community College.

The Pueblo County Courthouse is located at 215 W. 10th Street.

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