Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
Current Time 8:56:55am

The 2014 Christmas season is here!

See the show each evening from 5:30pm until 9pm with SPECIAL SHOW HOURS SELECTED DATES when the show will continue until 11pm. The show runs November 1st, 2014 through January 3rd, 2015

2014 SPECIAL EXTENDED SHOW HOUR DAYS: (Show runs until 11pm) Thanksgiving Day, 11/28, 11/29 (after Chrismas Parade), 12/5, 12/6, 12/12, 12/13, 12/19, 12/20, Christmas Eve (until 11:30pm), Christmas Day, 12/26, 12/27, New Years Eve and New Years day.

This years show includes 4, all new animated displays and two NEW 20'foot LED computer animated Christmas trees! 


Be a part of the show!

You can be a part of this Christmas tradition by making a contribution. Just click on the donation button below and contribute any amount you would like. 100% of your donation goes directly to the maintaining and growing the show.You can also visit the Dickens Welcome Center at 745 Steubenville Avenue behind the courthouse to purchase Light Show and Dickens holiday souvenirs that support these projects. Thank YOU! And MERRY CHRISTMAS!




Meet Elwood the Elf!

The show is hosted by Elwood the Christmas Elf! Visit him on Facebook to leave him messages and questions, upload your lightshow pictures and videos, watch videos of and about the show and more! Visit Facebook/ElfElwood!



When the switch is thrown on this year’s Guernsey County Courthouse holiday lights and music show, onlookers again will witness seasonal illumination amplified to a new scale never before seen in the local area.

The historic centerpiece of Downtown Cambridge comes alive with literally tens of thousands of colorful lights, synchronized to both traditional and contemporary holiday musical favorites.

The Courthouse lends its magnificent 1881 design to a intricately-choreographed 21st Century eye fest consisting of more than 2,000 control circuits for 46,000 lights, 15,000 of which will outline the structure’s unique architectural details. Sixty animated displays and a 23 Foot Mega-Christmas Tree with 2,600 plus lights and a pine Christmas tree with a 3-D star complete the holiday spectacle.

The Guernsey County Commissioners, the Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Cambridge Main Street Program, the Dickens Victorian Village and AVC Communications have expressed their pride in this extraordinary enhancement of what has become a local tradition. 

More Music Every Hour for this Christmas Season!
AVC designed the display, creating four different shows that will play throughout the holiday season. Each presentation makes use of more than 468 electrical circuits, each computer controlled in one-fourth-of-a-second increments and painstakingly synchronized to a holiday soundtrack. This year we introduce a new "host" for the show and as always features contemporary and traditional music, including kids favorites and  spectacular display's on the front of the courthouse, the lawn and on US Bank across the street..
Each hour features a wide variety of music. The show features children's Christmas favorites, one song actually sung by Cambridge area 5th graders! A show featuring contemporary Christmas favorites, a traditional/contemporary Christmas music show featuring the well known local saxophonist Gordon Hough is followed by the ever popular modern Christmas music show. This show is considered the crowd favorite. All shows include a 23 Foot Mega-Christmas Tree with 2,600 plus lights, Computer animated trees, animated displays and updated presentations from years past for 2014. Each hour will have 56 minutes of music & lights!  

Nearly a thousand man hours were needed to originally design the first display; install the lights and electrical systems; and coordinate the lights to the music in 2007.

Cambridge and Guernsey County invite you to come and enjoy the Dickens Victorian Village and the charm of this 19th century landmark, complimented by this dramatic display of state-of-the-art lighting technology.

The Guernsey County Courthouse Holiday Light Show is a gift to the community from local resident, Grant Hafley, and is a joint effort of AVC Communications, the Guernsey County Commissioners, the Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors and Convention Bureau, the Cambridge Main Street Program and the Dickens Victorian Village.

For more information, video clips of the show or interview availabilities please contact:
Cambridge/Guernsey County Visitors & Convention Bureau
627 Wheeling Avenue, Suite 200
Cambridge, OH 43725
Phone 740-432-2022 or 1-800-933-5480
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Web: http://www.visitguernseycounty.com


Selection from the 2014 Show - "Merry Christmas!"


The Ohio Channel Courthouse feature including the Light's & Music Show

AVC - The Making The Courthouse Holiday Light Show Video  by Ryan Pavlov

For three months in 2011, Ryan Pavlov documented AVC Communications, of Cambridge, Ohio, as they prepared and installed the Guernsey County Holiday Light Show. Please take a moment to view the film and see all the time and effort put into the only government building with a music and light show in the United States.




Click here for High Definition Version

Click here for High Definition Version

The Ohio Channel featured the Courthouse light show in 2013 in this special report