How the tradition began…

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.

This beloved community event, held on the Thursday following Thanksgiving in years past and moving to the second Friday following Thanksgiving in 2011, 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.

DHFA raises funds from the private sector to purchase holiday street banners, festival lights, and decorations for public buildings and the Courthouse-on-the-Square in historic downtown Denton. The Denton Holiday Lighting Festival Association is pleased to provide light maintenance year round for all of the twinkling lights on the downtown trees.