The Denton Holiday Festival Association is sorry to announce that the Holiday Lighting Festival for Friday, Dec 6th has been cancelled.




Capture the true spirit of a small-town holiday celebration at the 25th Annual Holiday Lighting Festival on Friday, December 6th, 2013 on Denton’s Historic Courthouse Square.


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

Downloadable Map

General Event Info

Photos with Santa ($7) , Horse Drawn Wagon rides ($5, under 2 free), and great food from local non-profits are available for a small fee.

Free parking is available at the Wells Fargo Bank and The Bayless-Selby House Museum (BSH) 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 “Candycane”!

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.


Take the A-train!

Traveling to Denton for the Holiday Lighting Festival? Forget I-35 and jump on board the Wonderland Express! Take the A-train from the MedPark Station in Denton, three stations in Lewisville or connect from DART’s Green Line at Trinity Mills in Carrollton. Use the Secret Code Word “Mistletoe” and ride the A-train and Connect bus service free the night of the event. Once you arrive to the Downtown Denton Transit Center (DDTC), enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, coffee and other goodies from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.! From the DDTC take a short stroll or a complimentary bus ride to the Courthouse Square for the event.

Visit for the A-train Schedule to plan your trip to the event.

For a complete listing of A-Train and Bus arrival and departure times, click the button below:

DCTA Train Schedule




Download Applications

Vendor application (Preference is given to Verified Non-Profits, Limited Availability)

2013 Performer Application

Toy Drive Information

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. A drive-through toy drop-off will be at the southeast corner of the square.


2013  Event Schedule

Festival Stage (corner of Hickory and Locust)

              5:30           Denton Community Band

              5:45           Greetings from Dignitaries

              6:00          Tree Lighting

6:00 – 6:20           Denton Community Band

6:30 – 6:50           Denton High School Lab Band 1

7:00 – 7:20           Syncopated Ladies

7:30 – 7:50           Festival Ballet of North Central Texas presenting

the 26th production of The Nutcracker

Performance Stage (Main Stage)

6:30 – 6:50           Opera on Tap – North Texas

7:00 – 7:20           V-Krewe Brass Ensemble

8:00 – 9:30     Denton Holiday Music Spectacular-  A 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           Glory of Zion Singers

7:00 – 7:20           Denton Music Academy Garage Band &

Denton Music Academy Chamber Group

7:30 – 7:50           Cougar Jazz

 Wells Fargo Lobby

6:00 – 6:20           Selwyn Lower School

6:30 – 6:50           Strickland Jazz band

7:00 – 7:20           Handbells at Strickland

7:30 – 7:50           Strickland Middle School Chamber Orchestra

 Commissioner’s Courtroom

6:00 – 6:20           Childbloom Guitar Ensemble

6:30 – 6:50           Guyer High School Chamber Choir

7:00 – 7:20           Black Fox Players

7:30 – 7:50           Bad Smog

UNT on the Square

6:00 – 7:30           Seasonal Music by UNT College of Music Students

Bayless-Selby House Museum

5:30 – 5:50           First Denton Praise & Worship Team

6:00 – 6:20           Larry’s Angels

6:30 – 6:50           Sing Texas!

7:00 – 7:20           Bonduris Music student Bands

African American Museum

6:00 – 8:00           American Legion Senior Center Choir