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Thursday

6 p.m. — Krum Christmas tree lighting in downtown Krum, in the lot next to Johnny Joe’s, 100 S. First St. Event includes caroling by first-graders from the Krum Early Education Center.

 

Friday

5 to 9 p.m. — Laurel Hill Artists’ Holiday Sale at 1223 Highland Park Road. Featuring work by Diane Coady, Paula Collins, Barbara Evans, Cyndy Hill, Jo Williams, Johnny Williams, the late Susan Medler and the late Bill Warde. E-mail Jo Williams at texjo@msn.com.

5:30 to 8 p.m. — Denton Main Street Association’s Wassail Fest offers free tastings of the warm mulled cider drink at downtown businesses. People can vote for their favorite recipe. Visit www.dentonmainstreet.org.

5:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Denton Holiday Lighting Festival on the downtown Square, featuring the lighting of the community Christmas tree, music and dance performances, visits with Santa, vendors and more. Free admission; toy donations requested for the community toy drive. Visit www.dentonholidaylighting.com.

6 to 8 p.m. — Winter Fest at Jake’s Place Park, 100 Naylor Road in Oak Point. Event includes tree lighting, visits with Santa, petting zoo, children’s activities, food and more. Free; donations accepted for the Little Elm Food Bank and Oak Point Helping Hand. Call 972-294-2312, ext. 100.

6 to 8 p.m. — Drive-through live nativity presented by the youth group at Lake Cities United Methodist Church, 300 E. Hundley Drive in Lake Dallas. Free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Lake Cities Spirit of Christmas program. Visit http://lakecitiesumc.org.

7 to 11 p.m. — Shepherd’s Storehouse toy drive at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church parish hall, 925 Charcut St. in Pilot Point. Admission will be one new, unwrapped toy. Cash donations are also accepted. Event features music by Ed Vargas, plus food, wine, beer and margaritas. Call Donna Stephens at 940-686-5661 or Jamie Irick at 940-368-4759.

7:30 p.m. — A Gift for Emma, a holiday fantasia in dance, presented by Denton City Contemporary Ballet, Denton Youth City Ballet and students of Denton Dance Conservatory, at the Krum High School auditorium, 811 E. McCart St. Tickets cost $12-$18. For reservations, visit www.dentoncitycontemporaryballet.org.

8 p.m. — UNT Holiday Concert featuring the A Cappella Choir, University Singers, Concert Choir, Collegium Singers and faculty soloist Carol Wilson, in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Centerr, on the north side of I-35E at North Texas Boulevard. Tickets cost $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, non-UNT students, children, UNT faculty, staff and retirees; free for UNT students. Call 940-369-7802 or visit www.thempac.com.

 

Saturday

8 a.m. — 12th annual Santa Krum Run, a 1-mile walk and 5K and 10K races benefiting Krum city parks, at the Krum Early Education Center, 1513 Sequoia Drive. Registration starts at 7 a.m. Entry fee is $20 in advance or $25 on race day. Visit www.active.com.

9 a.m. — Krum’s North Pole Days Celebration including a craft show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Krum Early Education Center, 1513 Sequoia Drive. Parade of Lights starts at 6 p.m. Parade ends at Krum Middle School, 805 E. McCart St., where Krum FFA will have a chili supper. Visit http://www.ci.krum.tx.us.

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Jingle Bell Film Festival hosted by the Lake Cities Lions Club at Rave Cinemas, on I-35E at Swisher Road in Hickory Creek. Tickets cost $10 and include two movies, raffle prizes and a goodie bag for the first 150 children. Call 940-497-3558 or e-mail steven@helmpublishing.com.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Denton High School Choir arts and craft show at the school, 1007 Fulton St. Event includes dozens of vendors, choir performances, kids’ zone, concession area and door prizes. Free. Call 940-369-2000.

10 a.m. — “A Shady Shores Christmas” at Shady Shores Town Hall, 101 S. Shady Shores Road, including the town tree lighting, games for kids, Santa and Mrs. Claus, treats, storytelling, caroling, hay rides and vendors. To enter the chili cook-off, see rules and entry form at www.shady-shores.com.

10 a.m. to noon — Christmas Gospel Brunch benefiting the Fred Moore Day Nursery at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children. Call 940-387-4874.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — “Home for the Holidays,” a pet adoption event hosted by the Justin Animal Alliance, at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park, on FM455, 10 miles east of I-35. Family-friendly dogs on leashes are invited. Event includes a ranger-led guided hike, the Doggie Holiday Pageant and treats. Cat and dog food donations will be accepted. Free with regular park entrance fee of $7 for ages 12 and older. Call 940-686-2148, ext. 258, or e-mail kelly.lauderdale@tpwd.state.tx.us.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Laurel Hill Artists’ Holiday Sale at 1223 Highland Park Road. Featuring work by Diane Coady, Paula Collins, Barbara Evans, Cyndy Hill, Jo Williams, Johnny Williams, the late Susan Medler and the late Bill Warde. E-mail Jo Williams at texjo@msn.com.

4 p.m. — “Old-Fashioned Texas Christmas” at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park, on FM455, 10 miles east of I-35. Event includes Christmas crafts and a taffy pull. Bring mugs for hot cocoa at the Yule log campfire. Free with regular park entrance fee of $7 for ages 12 and older. Call 940-686-2148, ext. 258, or e-mail kelly.lauderdale@tpwd.state.tx.us.

5 to 9 p.m. — Lake Dallas’ “Lighting Up the Season” at Lake Dallas City Hall, 212 Main St. Free event includes music, holiday bazaar, refreshments, horse-drawn wagon rides and a visit from Santa. Visit www.lakedallas.com/holidaylightingcelebration.html or call 940-497-2226, ext. 132.

6 to 8 p.m. — Christmas on the Square in Pilot Point, including music, lights, tree and cookie decorating, a cake walk and a visit from Santa. Call 940-686-6488 or visit www.cityofpilotpoint.org.

6 to 8 p.m. — Drive-through live nativity presented by the youth group at Lake Cities United Methodist Church, 300 E. Hundley Drive in Lake Dallas. Free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Lake Cities Spirit of Christmas program. Visit http://lakecitiesumc.org.

7 p.m. — “A Christmas Cantata” presented by the Blessed John Paul II University Parish at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2255 N. Bonnie Brae St. UNT and TWU students will perform. Donations will be accepted for the new Blessed John Paul II Chapel. Call 940-566-0004.

7:30 p.m. — A Gift for Emma, a holiday fantasia in dance, presented by Denton City Contemporary Ballet, Denton Youth City Ballet and students of Denton Dance Conservatory, at the Krum High School auditorium, 811 E. McCart St. Tickets cost $12-$18. For reservations, visit www.dentoncitycontemporaryballet.org.

 

Sunday

2 p.m. — A Gift for Emma, a holiday fantasia in dance, presented by Denton City Contemporary Ballet, Denton Youth City Ballet and students of Denton Dance Conservatory, at the Krum High School auditorium, 811 E. McCart St. Tickets cost $12-$18. For reservations, visit www.dentoncitycontemporaryballet.org.

4 p.m.  — “Celebrate Weihnachten,” a lecture and concert preview presented by the Denton Bach Society, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 703 N. Elm St. UNT professor Hendrik Schulze will discuss Bach and his Christmas Oratorio, which the society will perform on Dec. 9. Reception follows. Free; donations accepted. Visit www.dentonbach.com.

 

Thursday, Dec. 6

3:30 p.m. — “Ornament Extravaganza” for kids of all ages at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Choose from craft materials to create ornaments. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com.

 

Friday, Dec. 7

7 p.m. — Krum High School presents All I Want for Christmas is You, a holiday musical, in the school auditorium, 700-A Bobcat Blvd. Tickets are $5, free for children younger than 6. Local military families are invited to participate in a special finale presentation by e-mailing family pictures to lynn.hilliard@krumisd.net or carol.turner@krumisd.net. One free ticket will be given to each family that provides a picture. For more information, contact Carol Turner by e-mail or at 940-482-2601.

7 to 9 p.m. — “Christmas Roundup” presented by Peace of the Rock Ministries at Rancho De La Roca, 2459 W. Blackjack Road in Aubrey. Event includes hay rides, live nativity drama, Christmas lights, carols around the campfire with Santa, and refreshments. Admission is $7 per person, free for children younger than 3. Call 940-365-7625 or 940-390-9184, or visit www.peaceoftherock.org. Printable release form available online.

7:30 p.m. — Reindeer Romp, a 4.2-mile run and 2.5-mile fun walk through the neighborhoods surrounding South Lakes Park, 556 Hobson Lane. Check-in will begin at 6:30 p.m. Register in advance for $15 at www.dentonparks.com. To register a family or three or more for $12 per person, call 940-349-7275.

7:30 p.m. — Festival Ballet of North Texas presents The Nutcracker at TWU’s Margo Jones Performance Hall, on the first floor of the Music Building, at Oakland Street and Pioneer Circle. Tickets cost $10-$35. Visit www.festivalballet.net.

7:30 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents It’s a Wonderful Life at the Campus Theatre 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com.

 

Saturday, Dec. 8

2:30 p.m. — “Altered Ornaments” at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Create holiday decorations and enjoy treats. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com.

2:30 and 7:30 p.m. — Festival Ballet of North Texas presents The Nutcracker at TWU’s Margo Jones Performance Hall, on the first floor of the Music Building, at Oakland Street and Pioneer Circle. Tickets cost $10-$35. Visit www.festivalballet.net.

3 p.m. — Krum High School presents All I Want for Christmas is You, a holiday musical, in the school auditorium, 700-A Bobcat Blvd. Tickets are $5, free for children younger than 6. Local military families are invited to participate in a special finale presentation by e-mailing family pictures to lynn.hilliard@krumisd.net or carol.turner@krumisd.net. One free ticket will be given to each family that provides a picture. For more information, contact Carol Turner by e-mail or at 940-482-2601.

6 p.m. — Christmas Parade in downtown Sanger, including choir performances at 6 p.m., visits with Santa and lighting of the city Christmas tree. Parade starts on 10th Street at 6:30 p.m. For parade entry forms, visit http://sangertexas.org. E-mail mendy.echols@gmail.com or call 940-390-9041.

7 to 9 p.m. — “Christmas Roundup” presented by Peace of the Rock Ministries at Rancho De La Roca, 2459 W. Blackjack Road in Aubrey. Event includes hay rides, live nativity drama, Christmas lights, carols around the campfire with Santa, and refreshments. Admission is $7 per person, free for children younger than 3. Call 940-365-7625 or 940-390-9184, or visit www.peaceoftherock.org. Printable release form available online.

7:30 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents It’s a Wonderful Life at the Campus Theatre 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com.

 

Sunday, Dec. 9

2 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents It’s a Wonderful Life at the Campus Theatre 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com.

2:30 p.m. — Festival Ballet of North Texas presents The Nutcracker at TWU’s Margo Jones Performance Hall, on the first floor of the Music Building, at Oakland Street and Pioneer Circle. Tickets cost $10-$35. Visit www.festivalballet.net.

3 p.m. — Denton Bach Society presents Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Winspear Performance Hall at UNT’s Murchison Performing Arts Center, on the north side of I-35E at North Texas Boulevard. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $12 for seniors and students. For tickets, call 940-369-7802 or visit www.thempac.com. For more information, visit www.dentonbach.com.

 

Monday, Dec. 10

7 p.m. — New Horizons Band concert benefiting Denton Christian Preschool, at First Presbyterian Church of Denton, 1114 W. University Drive. Program includes marches, Broadway tunes and holiday music. Free; donations accepted.

 

ONGOING

Through Dec. 24 — Santa Claus is available for visits and photos at Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. Bring a nonperishable food item for the Denton Community Food Bank and receive a $2 off coupon for photo packages at the Guest Services Booth. Visit www.shopgoldentriangle.com.

Through Dec. 31 — Model train exhibit at the Wood House, 516 N. Locust St. Admission is a donation of canned goods for Denton County Friends of the Family. Display features trains and more than 200 miniature buildings. Regular hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. To schedule viewings outside of these hours, call 940-387-4098.

Dec. 7-16 — Denton Community Theatre presents It’s a Wonderful Life at the Campus Theatre 214 W. Hickory St. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15, and 2 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com.

 

IN THE AREA

Friday through Dec. 16 — Greater Lewisville Community Theatre presents Sanders Family Christmas at the theater, 160 W. Main St. in Old Town Lewisville. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, plus 8 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets cost $19 for adults, $16 for seniors 65 and older and youths 18 and younger. Call 972-221-7469 or visit www.glct.org.

3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 — Little Elm’s “Holidaze in the Park” at Little Elm Park, 704 W. Eldorado Parkway. Celebration begins with a parade, followed by music, vendors, children’s activities and more. A fireworks display at 8:30 p.m. will conclude the event, weather permitting. Free. No alcohol or glass containers; no pets except for service animals. Visit www.littleelm.org.

7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 — Mountain Springs Community Club’s “Great Christmas Sing” at Mountain Springs Community Center, 173 Mountain Springs Lane, off FM372, 12 miles southeast of Gainesville. Event features a children’s choir from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Pilot Point and community members. Free. Donations will be accepted for Cooke County Home Hospice.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 — North Central Texas Chorale presents Handel’s Messiah at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 424 Main St. in Lindsay. Tickets will cost $10 for adults, $8 for students and St. Peter’s parishioners. Visit www.northcentraltexaschorale.com.

7:30 p.m. Dec. 20-23 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 22 — 3 Redneck Tenors’ “Christmas Spec-Tac-Yule-Ar Show” at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theatre, 100 N. Charles St. in Lewisville. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children. Call 1-888-407-8025 or visit http://3rednecktenors.com.

 

IN THE REGION

Through Sunday, Dec. 2 — Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Reduced Shakespeare: The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) at McDavid Studio, 301 E. Fifth St. in Fort Worth. Tickets start at $27.50. Call 1-877-212-4280 or visit www.basshall.com.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 — St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church present “Welcome All Wonders” at 8011 Douglas Ave. in Dallas. Free, but tickets are required. For more information, visit www.saintmichael.org.

Through Dec. 24 — Santa Claus at Grapevine Mills, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway in Grapevine. Kids can visit with Santa between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Call 972-724-4900 or visit www.grapevinemills.com.


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