Holiday events

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ONGOING

Friday through Sunday — Denton County Toys for Tots toy drive at Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. Unwrapped toy donations will be collected at various locations. Events include live entertainment, puppet shows, carolers, and a North Pole mailbox for kids. A motorcycle convoy will arrive on Saturday. Visit http://dfwtoysfortots.org or www.shopgoldentriangle.com.

Through Dec. 24 — Santa Claus is available for visits at Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. Photos available for purchase. Visit www.shopgoldentriangle.com.

Through Dec. 24 — First United Methodist Church of Denton youths offer holiday gift-wrapping at Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. Prices range from $3 to $8, and proceeds will fund a choir trip, summer camp and mission trips. Hours vary. Visit www.shopgoldentriangle.com.

Through December — Kay Copeland’s Santa Collection at the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, 110 W. Hickory St. Free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, closed holidays. Call 940-349-2850 or visit www.dentoncounty.com/chos.

Through Dec. 31 — “Everything Trains Christmas” exhibit at the Wood House of Denton, 516 N. Locust St. View an elaborate model train exhibit and donate canned food items for Denton County Friends of the Family. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; closed on Dec. 25. Call 940-387-4098.

Through Jan. 10 — Visual Arts Society of Texas holiday exhibition at the PointBank Black Box Theatre, 318 E. Hickory St. Artists include Darla Bostick, Gail Cope, Lynne Cox, Jackie Haugen, James J. Johnson Jr., Lori MacLean, Carol Rowley, Olivia Walker and Sharon Warwick. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Free. Visit www.vastarts.org.

Saturday through Dec. 28 — Santa Land at Little Elm Park, 704 W. Eldorado Parkway, with an elf village, a snow hill and hot cocoa. Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus between 6 and 10 p.m. Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 12-14 (live reindeer on Dec. 14). Admission is free, but there are fees for the snow hill and commemorative photos with Santa. Guests can also bring their own cameras. Visit www.littleelm.org/parks. Visit www.littleelm.org/parks.

THURSDAY

Noon to 5 p.m. — Krampus Day on the Denton Square, with Krampus and his helpers handing out presents to children and adults. Free. Visit www.facebook.com/krampus.denton.

6:30 p.m. — Aubrey Hometown Tree Lighting at the festival grounds, 301 S. Main St., presented by Keep Aubrey Beautiful. Event includes music, Santa’s arrival on a fire truck, photos with Santa and hot cocoa. HOPE food bank will sell concessions and accept food donations. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate for Toys for Tots. Visit http://keepaubreybeautiful.org.

6:30 p.m. — Town of Argyle Christmas tree lighting in the parking lot of First Baptist Church of Argyle, 414 N. U.S. Highway 377. Event includes music and performances by student groups, and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Visit www.argyletx.com.

6:30 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre’s Theatre School presents “A Kid’s Christmas” at the PointBank Black Box Theatre, 318 E. Hickory St. Visit with Santa and his elves, see a performance of The Littlest Angel, and take part in a Christmas sing-along. All tickets cost $10. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com.

7:30 p.m. — TWU University Chorus presents “’Tis the Season of Song,” an evening of holiday music and carols, at TWU’s Margo Jones Performance Hall, on the first floor of the Music Building, at Oakland Street and Pioneer Circle. Free. Visit www.twu.edu/music.

FRIDAY

4 to 7 p.m. — Wonderland Express holiday celebration at the Downtown Denton Transit Center, hosted by the Denton County Transportation Authority in conjunction with the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival. Event includes free hot chocolate and refreshments. Walk to the Square, or take a complimentary bus ride. Visit www.dcta.net or http://dentonholidaylighting.com.

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

5:30 to 8 p.m. — Holiday music at the Historical Park of Denton County, 317 W. Mulberry St., during the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival. The American Legion Senior Center Choir will perform from 6 to 7:50 p.m. in the Denton County African American Museum. Scheduled performances at the Bayless-Selby House Museum are First Denton Praise & Worship Team, 5:30 p.m.; Larry’s Angels, 6 p.m.; Sing Texas!, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Bonduris Music student bands, 7 p.m.

5:30 to 9:30 p.m. — 25th annual Denton Holiday Lighting Festival on the downtown Square, featuring the lighting of the community Christmas tree, the Denton Holiday Music Spectacular, music and dance performances, vendors and more. Free admission; toy donations requested for the community toy drive. Photos with Santa cost $7, horse-drawn wagon rides cost $3. Nonprofit groups will sell food. Visit www.dentonholidaylighting.com.

6 to 8 p.m. — Seasonal music at UNT on the Square, 109 N. Elm St., during the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival. The UNT Euphonium and Tuba Ensemble and the Impact Bress Quintet will perform. Free. Call 940-369-8257 or visit http://untonthesquare.unt.edu.

6:30 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre’s Theatre School presents “A Kid’s Christmas” at the PointBank Black Box Theatre, 318 E. Hickory St. Visit with Santa and his elves, see a performance of The Littlest Angel, and take part in a Christmas sing-along. All tickets cost $10. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com.

7:30 p.m. — Reindeer Romp, a 4.2-mile run and 2.5-mile walk beginning at South Lakes Park on Hobson Lane and winding through the Forrestridge neighborhood. Free holiday fun zone for kids from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is $15 per runner/walker, includes T-shirt. Visit www.dentonparks.com or call 940-349-7275.

7 to 9 p.m. — Christmas Round Up presented by Peace of the Rock Ministries at Rancho de la Roca, 2459 W. Blackjack Road in Aubrey. Event includes hay rides featuring a live nativity drama; carols around campfire with Santa; chuckwagon with cobbler, cocoa and cider; and $5 photos with Santa. Admission is $7 per person, free for ages 3 and younger. Visit www.peaceoftherock.org for release forms. Call 940-365-7625 or 940-390-9184.

SATURDAY

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Shady Shores Christmas Craft Sale at the Shady Shores Community Center, 101 S. Shady Shores Road. For more information about booths, contact Mindy Grimes at 940-321-3811 or onegoal@charter.net.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Denton High School Choir Craft Show at 1007 Fulton St. Three gymnasiums full of vendors, a concession/eating area, performances by local choirs, and photos with Santa Claus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Call 940-369-2000.

10 a.m. to noon — Santa’s Snap Shots at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 1300 Wilson St. Kids can meet Santa and get pictures taken, and take part in games and activities. Cost is $5 per child and $2 for each additional print. Call 940-349-8575 or visit www.dentonparks.com.

1 p.m. — Holiday Card Making at SCRAP Denton, 215 W. Oak St. Make one-of-a-kind cards from reuse materials. Cost is $5, includes all materials. Call 940-391-7499 or visit www.scrapdenton.org.

2 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre’s Theatre School presents “A Kid’s Christmas” at the PointBank Black Box Theatre, 318 E. Hickory St. Visit with Santa and his elves, see a performance of The Littlest Angel, and take part in a Christmas sing-along. All tickets cost $10. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com.

3 to 5 p.m. — Copper Canyon Santa Party at Copper Canyon Town Hall, 400 Woodland Drive. Children can enjoy treats, Christmas crafts, rides on the fire truck and a visit from Santa. Visit www.coppercanyon-tx.org.

4 to 6:30 p.m. — Shady Shores Christmas Party at the Shady Shores Community Center, 101 S. Shady Shores Road. Event includes pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, storytelling, a gingerbread house decorating contest, cookies and hot chocolate, tree lighting and more. Visit www.shady-shores.com.

4:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Faith Tabernacle Assembly of God Choir performs in Dillard’s Court at Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. Visit www.shopgoldentriangle.com.

5 to 8 p.m. — “Dreaming of a Wild Christmas” event with campfire cooking demonstrations and samples, crafts, stories and more at the Johnson Branch Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park, on FM3002, 7 miles east of I-35. Free with regular park entrance fee of $7 for ages 12 and older. Visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/dreaming-of-a-wild-christmas or call 940-637-2294.

5 p.m. — Santa Land opening and tree lighting at Little Elm Park, 704 W. Eldorado Parkway. Lighted parade starts at 5 p.m., followed tree lighting and fireworks. Admission is free, but there are fees for the snow hill and commemorative photos with Santa. Guests can also bring their own cameras. Visit www.littleelm.org/parks.

6 to 9 p.m. — Pilot Point’s Christmas on the Square on the Pilot Point square. Event includes carriage rides, a petting zoo, Christmas tree and ornament decorating, cookie decorating, a cake walk, music, and face painting for kids. Children can have photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Inclement weather location is the Pilot Point Community Opera House. Visit www.cityofpilotpoint.org.

7 to 9 p.m. — Christmas Round Up presented by Peace of the Rock Ministries at Rancho de la Roca, 2459 W. Blackjack Road in Aubrey. Event includes hay rides featuring a live nativity drama; carols around campfire with Santa; chuckwagon with cobbler, cocoa and cider; and $5 photos with Santa. Admission is $7 per person, free for ages 3 and younger. Visit www.peaceoftherock.org for release forms. Call 940-365-7625 or 940-390-9184.

7:30 p.m. — TWU Annual Gala Holiday Concert at TWU’s Margo Jones Performance Hall, on the first floor of the Music Building, at Oakland Street and Pioneer Circle. Admission is $5 per person, free for ages 12 and younger. Visit www.twu.edu/music.

8 p.m. — “Sounds of the Holidays: An Evening With North Texas Jazz,” presented by the UNT One O’clock Lab Band and Jazz Singers, in Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 I-35E. Toy donations will be collected for Toys for Tots. Tickets cost $3. Visit www.thempac.com or call 940-369-7802.

SUNDAY

11 a.m. — Argyle United Methodist Church Children’s Choir presents The Great Gift Exchange at the church, 9033 Fort Worth Drive.

2 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre’s Theatre School presents “A Kid’s Christmas” at the PointBank Black Box Theatre, 318 E. Hickory St. Visit with Santa and his elves, see a performance of The Littlest Angel, and take part in a Christmas sing-along. All tickets cost $10. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com.

3 p.m. — “The Many Moods of Christmas and More,” presented by the North Central Texas Chorale and First Presbyterian Church Choir of Denton, at the church, 1114 W. University Drive. Tickets cost $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Visit www.northcentraltexaschorale.com.

7 p.m. — FooMcBubba, the big band of First United Methodist Church of Denton, presents jazzy Christmas music at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St. No cover charge. Call 940-484-2888 or visit www.sweetwatergrillandtavern.com.

WEDNESDAY

7 p.m. — Mario Cruz & Friends holiday show at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St. No cover charge. Call 940-484-2888 or visit www.sweetwatergrillandtavern.com.

FRIDAY, DEC. 13

7:30 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for ages 62 and older, $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com.

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

8:30 a.m. — Northwest ISD’s Reindeer Romp 5K and fun run at Nelson High School, 2775 Bobcat Boulevard in Trophy Club. The 1-mile fun run begins at 8:30 a.m., and the 5K race begins at 9 a.m. For more information, visit www.nisdreindeerromp.com.

10 a.m. — Flower Mound Christmas Parade along Morriss Road, from Eaton Drive to Marcus High School. Call 972-874-6275 or visit www.flower-mound.com/specialevents.

2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. — The Festival Ballet of North Central 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 $11-$36. Visit www.festivalballet.net or call 940-891-0830.

6 p.m. — Denton Hi-Noon Lions Club and Argyle Lions Club Christmas meeting and party at Metzler’s, 628 Londonderry Lane.

7:30 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for ages 62 and older, $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com.

SUNDAY, DEC. 15

8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. — Argyle United Methodist Church Chancel Choir presents The Jesus Gift at the church, 9033 Fort Worth Drive.

2 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for ages 62 and older, $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com.

2:30 p.m. — The Festival Ballet of North Central 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 $11-$36. Visit www.festivalballet.net or call 940-891-0830.

3 p.m. — Denton Benefit League’s “Tea & Trumpets,” a holiday tea for the family, at TWU’s Hubbard Hall. Enjoy tea, sandwiches, scones, petits fours and more. Tickets cost $35 each, or $75 for patron tickets. Make reservations by Dec. 1 by calling 214-931-3014.

7 p.m. — First Christian Church Sanctuary Choir, soloists and Chamber Orchestra present Handel’s Messiah at the church, 1203 N. Fulton St. Reception follows. Free. Visit www.fccdenton.org.

MONDAY, DEC. 16

7 p.m. — Brazz Christmas show at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St. No cover charge. Call 940-484-2888 or visit www.sweetwatergrillandtavern.com.

TUESDAY, DEC. 17

7 p.m. — Family Friendly Productions presents Sam Shade and the Case of the True Meaning of Christmas, an original musical comedy, at the Pilot Point Community Opera House, 110 S. Washington St. in Pilot Point. Tickets cost $5 each, $3 for ages 6 and younger, or $20 family rate. Visit http://familyfriendlyproductions.com.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18

Noon to 1 p.m. — 12th annual Holiday Sing-along in the Commissioners Courtroom at the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St. Presented by Bing Burton, Leslie Willingham and David Mollen. Free.

THURSDAY, DEC. 19

7 p.m. — Family Friendly Productions presents Sam Shade and the Case of the True Meaning of Christmas, an original musical comedy, in the Shabbat Room at Global Spheres Center, 7801 S. I-35E in Corinth. Tickets cost $5 each, $3 for ages 6 and younger, or $20 family rate. Visit http://familyfriendlyproductions.com.

FRIDAY, DEC. 20

7:30 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for ages 62 and older, $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com.

7 p.m. — Family Friendly Productions presents Sam Shade and the Case of the True Meaning of Christmas, an original musical comedy, in the Shabbat Room at Global Spheres Center, 7801 S. I-35E in Corinth. Tickets cost $5 each, $3 for ages 6 and younger, or $20 family rate. Visit http://familyfriendlyproductions.com.

SATURDAY, DEC. 21

9 to 11 a.m. — Breakfast With Santa for kids ages 1-12 and their families, at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. Event includes breakfast, face painting, bounce house, crafts, letters to Santa, and visits and photos with Santa. Cost is $10 per child; free admission for adults, or $3 per plate for breakfast. Register by Dec. 19. Call 940-349-7275 or visit www.dentonparks.com.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Holiday Drop ’N Shop for ages 3 1/2 to 5 at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St. Event includes a candy cane hunt, crafts, bounce house, a movie, hot chocolate and a snack. Children must bring lunch. Cost is $15. Register by Dec. 19. Call 940-349-7275 or visit www.dentonparks.com.

1 to 6 p.m. — Holiday Drop N’ Shop for ages 5-12 at Little Elm Recreation Center, 303 Main St. Cost is $12 per child. Kids can enjoy an afternoon of crafts, games, movies, food and fun with center staff. Registration is required. Call 972-731-3277 or visit www.littleelm.org/parks.

2 p.m. and 7 p.m. — Family Friendly Productions presents Sam Shade and the Case of the True Meaning of Christmas, an original musical comedy, in the Shabbat Room at Global Spheres Center, 7801 S. I-35E in Corinth. Tickets cost $5 each, $3 for ages 6 and younger, or $20 family rate. Visit http://familyfriendlyproductions.com.

7:30 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for ages 62 and older, $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com.

SUNDAY, DEC. 22

2 p.m. — Denton Community Theatre presents Miracle on 34th Street at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for ages 62 and older, $10 for students and children. Call 940-382-1915 or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com.

IN THE REGION

10 a.m. Saturday — Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade in downtown Dallas. Admission is free; reserved bleacher seats are available for $25. For more information, including the parade route, visit www.givetochildrens.com/z/parade.

6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13-14 — Granbury Living Christmas Cards event including displays around the Hood County Courthouse, Christmas Artisans Village and children’s activities. Event concludes with carols from Lakeside Baptist Church singers at Granbury Square Plaza, 205 E. State Loop 426. Free. Visit www.granburychristmas.com.

ONGOING

Through Dec. 21 — “A Southfork Christmas” at Southfork Ranch, 3700 Hogge Road in Parker. Lights, music, Santa Claus, and tram tours to vignettes depicting Texas holiday celebrations through the years. Open 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for ages 5-12, free for ages 4 and younger. Visit www.southfork.com.

Through Dec. 22 — Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts’ The Nutcracker, at the Dallas Children’s Theater, Rosewood Center for Family Arts, 5938 Skillman St. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday11/29; 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays; 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sundays; and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Tickets cost $13-$40. Call 214-740-0051 or visit www.dct.org.

Through Dec. 31 — Holiday at the Arboretum featuring “Angels in DeGolyer,” a collection of 400 angels in the lavish decorated DeGolyer Mansion, at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road. Bring your camera for pictures with Santa on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; visits by a live reindeer and costumed characters, Saturdays and Sundays; holiday tea ($47-$57, reservations required). Tickets to main garden cost $10-$15, plus $3 fee for optional children’s garden; $5-$10 for parking. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Nov. 28, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Call 214-515-6500 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org.

Through Jan. 4 — The Hilton Anatole’s holiday spectacular “Sparkle!” and Christmas at the Anatole, at 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. For schedule and more information, visit www.christmasattheanatole.com

Through Jan. 5 — The Trains at NorthPark, 4,000-square-foot toy train exhibit benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. On Level 2 of NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway in Dallas. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Early closings 4 p.m. Dec. 24, 6 p.m. Dec. 31; closed Dec. 25. Tickets cost $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 2-12 and seniors 65 and older. Visit www.rmhdallas.org/trains.


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