General Event Info

Capture the true spirit of a small-town holiday celebration at the 28th Annual Holiday Lighting Festival on Friday, December 2, 2016 on Denton’s Historic Square.

Photos with Santa $7

No pets allowed.

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides $5

Under 2 – Free.

Food & Drinks Available for Purchase

From local vendors and restaurants.

Free parking is available at the MedPark Station with a free short A-train ride to Downtown Denton using the Secret Code Word “Gingerbread”! Free parking is available at the Wells Fargo Bank, St. Andrew Presbyterian and Bayless-Selby House Museum 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. Because of the size of the crowds and the amount of activity on the square, we highly recommend leaving your pets at home. This is a Litter Free Event. Please do your part to Keep Denton Beautiful.



Toy Drive

Once again the festival will be hosting a toy drive. Toys gathered will be distributed to families needing assistance during the Christmas season in Denton County. Toy drop-offs will be at the northeast corner of the Square.

More Toy Drive Info


Video courtesy of:  -Andy LaViolette with Mr. Magic Carpet Ride Productions

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Now Accepting Applications!

Application must be signed and emailed or mailed by October 31st, 2016.

Perform at the Event

Applications for 2016 are closed.
Attention musicians, dancers and performance groups: apply to perform at this year’s festival on Friday, December 2, 2016! Applications must be received by October 15 in order to be considered. Performances are twenty minutes in length, and each group will have about five minutes to set up and break down between sets. Please be mindful of these limitations when planning your performances. We receive far more applications than we have available time and space, so we are, unfortunately, unable to accommodate every application (even though we’d really like to). Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance, nor does prior participation. Please submit completed applications by Friday, October 15.

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Because we are unable to accommodate all technical requests, we encourage performers to provide their own equipment. With the exception of Festival Stage performances, all performers must provide their own microphones and cables.
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When it comes to getting involved, there is a place for everyone! To volunteer, please fill out the form below.

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Take the A-train!

Traveling to Denton for the Holiday Lighting Festival? Forget I-35 and jump on board the A-train!

Avoid festival traffic and park at Denton County Transportation Authority’s (DCTA) MedPark Station and hop on the A-train to the Eulene Brock Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC). Use the Secret Code Word “Gingerbread” and ride the A-train and Connect bus service free the night of the event. From the DDTC, take a short stroll to the Historic Square for the event. DCTA will offer special event bus service to get you back to your car at MedPark Station.

A-Train Schedule


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