General Event Info

Capture the true spirit of a small-town holiday celebration at the 26th Annual Holiday Lighting Festival on Friday, December 5th, 2014 on Denton’s Historic Square.
  • Photos with Santa ($7) , Horse Drawn Wagon rides ($5, under 2 free), and great food from local vendors are available for a small fee.
  • Free parking is available at the Wells Fargo Bank and The Denton County Historical Park Parking Lots. Free parking is also available at the MedPark Station with a free short A-train ride to Downtown Denton using the Secret Code Word “Snowflake”!
  • 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.

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 southeast corner of the Square.

More Toy Drive Info

Become a Vendor

Would you like to be a Vendor at this year’s Denton Holiday Lighting Festival? Apply now! Applications must be received by October 25 in order to be considered. Preference is given to verified Non-Profits, limited availability.

Vendor Application

Perform at the Event

Attention musicians, dancers and performance groups: apply to perform at this year’s festival on Friday, December 5, 2014! Applications must be received by October 25 in order to be considered.

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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 “Snowflake” 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

2014 Event Schedule

Festival Stage
(Hickory and Locust)


Denton Community Band


Greetings from Dignitaries


Tree Lighting

6:00 – 6:20

Denton Community Band

6:30 – 6:50

Denton High School Lab Band I

7:00 – 7:20

Denton High School Pops Orchestra

7:30 – 7:50

Festival Ballet of North Central Texas presenting the

26th production of The Nutcracker

Performance Stage
(Main Stage)

8:00 – 9:30

Denton Holiday Spectacular

Bayless-Selby House Museum

5:30 – 6:00

Hodge Hawk Honor Choir

6:10 – 6:40

Opera on Tap North Texas

6:50 – 7:20

Denton High School Choir

East Courthouse Lawn

Glory of Zion Living Nativity

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

6:00 – 6:30

Ryan High School Strutters Drill Team

6:40 – 7:10

Woodrow Wilson Ballet Folklorico

7:20 – 7:50

Bonduris Student Bands

UNT on the Square

6:00 – 8:00

UNT Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble

Wells Fargo Lobby

6:00 – 6:20

Guyer Jazz Band

6:30 – 6:50

Strickland Middle School Chamber Orchestra

7:00 – 7:20

The Handbells at Strickland

7:30 – 7:50

Strickland Jazz Band

Commissioners Courtroom

6:00 – 6:20

Childbloom Guitar Ensemble

6:30 – 6:50

Selwyn Singers

7:00 – 7:20

Black Fox Players

7:30 – 7:50

The Unsinkable Molly Browns


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

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