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Denton Holiday Festival: Denton Holiday Lighting Festival

The Denton Holiday Festival Association, Inc. (DHFA), established in 1988, is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. The organization’s primary mission is hosting the annual Holiday Lighting Festival.

The Denton Holiday Lighting Festival is held on Denton’s Historic Courthouse lawn located at 110 West Hickory Street.

Downloadable Map

Photos with Santa ($7) , Horse Drawn Wagon rides ($3),and great food from local non-profits are available for a small fee.

Free parking in the Wells Fargo Bank and The Bayless-Selby House Museum (BSH) Parking Lots.

Disabled Parking is located on the west side of the Wells Fargo building on Locust Street.

Lost children may be picked up at the Information Booth.

Restrooms are located inside the Courthouse and Square restaurants.

This is a Litter Free Event. Please do your part to Keep Denton Beautiful.

Festival Stage (corner of Hickory and Locust)

6:00 – 6:20    Denton Community Band

6:30 – 6:50    Festival Ballet of North Central Texas

7:00 – 7:20    Denton High School Lab Band

7:30 – 7:50    V-Krewe Brass

Performance Stage (Main Stage)

6:15 – 6:35    Syncopated Ladies

6:45 – 7:05    Music Academy Christmas Pop Strings Orchestra

7:15 – 7:35    The Rabble

8:00 – 9:30     Denton Holiday Music Spectacular featuring Paul Slavens, Sarah Jaffe, members of Midlake, Bubba Hernandez, Steve Wiest (director of the One O’Clock Lab Band), Chris Flemmons, Bubba Turner and Bonnie & Nick Norris accompanied  by the 11-piece Holiday Lighting Orchestra directed by David Pierce

 Dancing in the Streets Performance Area (corner of Locust and Oak)

6:00 – 6:20    Ryan High School Strutters Drill Team

6:30 – 6:50    WK Performing Arts Company

7:00 – 7:20    Nelson Elementary Music Makers

7:30 – 7:50    Ryan High School Dance Club/Boys Hip Hop Team

 Wells Fargo Lobby

6:00 – 6:20    Strickland MS Jazz Band

6:30 – 6:50    Strickland MS Chamber Orchestra

7:00 – 7:20    Handbells at Strickland

 Commissioner’s Courtroom

6:30 – 6:50    Denton Community Chorus

7:00 – 7:20    Childbloom Guitar Ensemble

Mad World Records

6:15 – 7:05    Music Academy Garage Bands: Broken, Strings Attached & Shirazi Juice

UNT on the Square

6:00 – 7:45     UNT Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble and open gallery featuring “Laying the Foundation: UNT Art Faculty 1890-1970″

Bayless-Selby House Museum

6:00 – 8:00    Denton Bach Society

 African-American Museum

6:00 – 8:00    American Legion Senior Choir

First Friday Denton Falls on Lighting Festival!


First Friday Denton is on the first Friday of every month, and is significant because that is the day when artists and artisans in the business district surrounding the Denton County Historic Courthouse on the Square open their doors for visitors and patrons to visit and see them at work, browse and perhaps buy a unique piece of art, jewelry or a myriad of other art objects – for yourself or someone special.

The very nature of the business of art often means artists and their galleries keep unusual hours to take the facts of daily life into account, and we’ve all been frustrated to find our favorite gallery unexpectedly closed. The First Friday of every month in Denton, Texas, is a day you can count on the participants here to be open for business in a friendly and casual atmosphere found only in the laid back world of Denton, Texas.


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