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Lawrenceville offers Holiday in the Square through Dec. 20

LAWRENCEVILLE -- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas -- especially in downtown Lawrenceville at the Historic Gwinnett Courthouse. The staff of Gwinnett County Parks and Recreations has decked the halls with ribbons, wreaths and ornaments for the holidays.

On Saturday through Tuesday, the courthouse is opened to the public for free self-guided tours. Each room has been given specific themes. One room has two 12-foot Christmas trees in ivory, gold and silver. The foyer has a gold and ivory tree while the Grand Jury Room was decorated in a whimsical nature theme complete with apples, pine cones and birds. On the first floor, there is a tree dedicated to Gwinnett Veterans Council Memorial Museum, decorated in patriotic red, white and blue. The staff even made time to decorate the Judge's Bench.

"Honestly, we have so much going on, we had to squeeze three weeks in to decorate the whole building," Renee Arant of the Historic Gwinnett Courthouse said.

If you don't actually walk inside of the courthouse, there is still plenty of things to look at outside, including at the gazebo. There will be live holiday music being performed by various groups for the next four days.

Children have a chance to build holiday crafts with the help of some elves in Santa's workshop for $1. After creating tiny masterpieces, they can say hello to Santa Claus, who will be available for visits and photos for $5.

"Children have an opportunity to bring letter to Santa in the North Pole," Arant said. "And guests are welcomed to take photos in front of our 30-foot tree or Santa's sleigh, which is on display. Come visit and see all of the lawn decor before the holiday is over."