Holiday Events 2017

December 1, 2017 – 29th Annual Holiday Lighting Festival on Denton’s Historic Square 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 110 West Hickory Street, Denton, TX 76201. – This beloved community event, held on the second Friday following Thanksgiving, includes musical and dance presentations, horse drawn carriage rides, children’s crafts and visits with Santa. Live entertainment is provided by talented local musicians and the Denton Community Band, which has been a part of the celebration since its inception. The festival will also host a toy drive. Visit for more details.

December 1 through December 2, 2017 – Wassail Weekend – 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on December 1; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on December 2 in downtown Denton – Downtown merchants will stir up their best cider recipes to give free tastings for all ages during the festivities of the annual Denton Holiday Lighting Festival, and more downtown merchants will hold tastings on the following day, Saturday, December 2. Saturday will have some wassail stops open, strolling musicians and there will be some morning fun for the family at the Holiday Express Train, an event held by Denton County Friends of the Family. More information at:

December 3, 2017 – UNT Sounds of the Holidays – 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Murchison Performing Arts Center, Winspear Performance Hall, 415 Avenue C, Denton, TX 76203. This light-hearted and joyful concert will feature choral works, audience sing-along carols and classic holiday favorites. $10 adults/$8 seniors (55+). For ticket information call (940) 369-7802.

December 15, 2017 – Christmas in the Woods: Goatman’s Bridge Ghost Tour – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Parking located south of the Old Alton Bridge, 2686 Old Alton Road, Denton, Texas 76210. – Ever decorated a haunted forest before? Join Becks Ghost Hunters for a spooky walking tour and experience all the secrets of Goatman’s Bridge! Visit for tickets and more information.

Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas

November 19, 2017 – 2017 XTO Energy Parade of Lights – 6:00 p.m., start at Weatherford and Houston Street in Fort Worth – The 2017 XTO Energy Parade of Lights celebrates its 35th year, featuring spectacular, never-seen-before floats, giant illuminated balloons, performing groups, local community groups and more! Tickets and more information at

November 23 to December 30, 2017 – Gift of Lights at Texas Motor Speedway – 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76177 – Take in a fantastic light show put on by Texas Motor Speedway sponsors and travel to Santa’s Village where you will meet Santa, take your picture, and experience what Christmas is like at the North Pole. These tickets are for one day only and can be redeemed at any time from Nov 23 to December 30, 2017. One vehicle per ticket per entry. Visit for tickets and more information.

November 24 to December 24, 2017 – The Nutcracker, presented by the Texas Ballet Theater – Performances held at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201 and Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76102. – Come with Clara to a dreamland of heroic battles and breathtaking beauty in a holiday classic for all ages. Visit for tickets and more information.