Community volunteers were working Monday on making the Courthouse Square look a lot like Christmas.

The city of Bastrop's Main Street Program and Keep Morehouse Beautiful were assembling wreaths that will adorn the wrought iron lampposts on the square and other businesses in the city.

Main Street director Marc Vereen said the effort is part of a program by Bastrop business owner Cindy Hendrix to restore the traditions of Christmases past to the old central business district.

"Cindy is spearheading the effort and asked us to help," Vereen said. "We're excited that some of the spirit of Christmas that's been missing from downtown for years is returning."

Work to install the lights and wreaths on the 14 light posts surrounding the Courthouse will be complete before the Christmas parade, scheduled for Dec. 7. In addition to the Courthouse area, KMB board member Amanda McDonald said businesses away from the Courthouse Square have also requested wreaths.

Other businesses, McDonald said, contributed money to finance the project and to fund a contest among homeowners on the entrance corridors into the city. Hendrix said last week that private property owners along East and West Madison, North Washington and South Franklin are being encouraged to take part in the competition.

For more information about the lights, wreaths and decorating contest, contact Hendrix by calling 805.4495.