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THURSDAY

10 and 11 a.m. — Santa Story Time at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Stories, songs and puppets with Santa. Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa at the end of the program. Best for ages 1-5. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com .

FRIDAY

Today 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 at the mall. To volunteer or make a donation, contact Norma Cabañas at 214-916-8528 or at norma.cabanas.civ@mail.mil, or visit http://aubrey-tx.toysfortots.org .

11 a.m. — Santa Story Time at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Stories, songs and puppets with Santa. Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa at the end of the program. Best for ages 1-5. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com .

4 to 5 p.m. — Seasonal Science: Holly Jolly Experiments at South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane. Science activities for ages 7-11. Free. Call 940-349-8752 to register or visit www.dentonlibrary.com .

4 to 5 p.m. — Christmas Crafts Workshop at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. The Garden Culture Club will help kids ages 5 and older transform mini gourds into festive ornaments. Free. Call 940-349-8752 to register or visit www.dentonlibrary.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 .

6 p.m. — Lighting of the Christmas tree on the lawn of the Courthouse on the Square. Donations of unwrapped toys will be collected for the Denton Community Toy Store.

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

Today and 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 at the mall. To volunteer or make a donation, contact Norma Cabañas at 214-916-8528 or at norma.cabanas.civ@mail.mil, or visit http://aubrey-tx.toysfortots.org .

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 .

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Sanger High School arts and crafts show at the school, 100 Indian Lane. Admission is $1 for adults and free for students and children. Shoppers can get in free by bringing two canned food items, which will be donated to local food banks.

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.

3 to 4 p.m. — Grinch Party at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Children of all ages can enjoy a reading of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, crafts and refreshments. Free, but registration is required. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com .

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

7 p.m. — “Great Christmas Sing” at Mountain Springs Community Center, 173 Mountain Springs Lane, off FM372 12 miles southeast of Gainesville. Christmas songfest performed by community members and the children’s choir from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Pilot Point. Refreshments will be served. Free, but donations will be accepted to help support building renovations.

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

Today — Denton County Toys for Tots toy drive at Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. I-35E. Unwrapped toy donations will be collected at various locations at the mall. To volunteer or make a donation, contact Norma Cabañas at 214-916-8528 or at norma.cabanas.civ@mail.mil, or visit http://aubrey-tx.toysfortots.org .

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. Reservation deadline has passed. Call 214-931-3014.

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 940-382-7014, or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com .

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

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 940-382-7014, or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com .

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

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 940-382-7014, or visit www.dentoncommunitytheatre.com .

7 to 8 p.m. — Gingerbread Story Time at North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St. Best for ages 1-5. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com .

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

11 a.m. — Santa Story Time at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St. Stories, songs and puppets with Santa. Bring your camera to take pictures with Santa at the end of the program. Best for ages 1-5. Free. Call 940-349-8752 or visit www.dentonlibrary.com .

Noon to 1 p.m. — 12th annual Holiday Singalong 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 .

10 a.m. to noon — Fred Moore Day Nursery School Gospel Brunch at the Center for Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St.

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 .

ONGOING

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 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 .

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 .

IN THE REGION

6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday — 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 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 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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