We’ve compiled a list of places to see holiday lights in and around Denton. Some of our Facebook friends suggest cruising city streets around the downtown Square and along Idiots Hill, the unofficial longtime name for a segment of town north and east of University Drive. The name is tongue-in-cheek for you newcomers as it was the area where many professors lived. On Ranchman Boulevard in Sundown Ranch, lights are set to music nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Other suggestions include Nottingham and East Windsor. One Facebook friend suggested parking at Avondale Park and walking down a few area streets where many homes put their lights up in the back yards facing the park.
Not too far up U.S. 380 toward McKinney, Providence Boulevard sports a light show synchronized to a radio station in the recently developed Providence Village. Huling Road in Sanger is one suggested destination as is Apache Trail on Corinth.
And on FM1171, a few miles east of U.S. 377, a lone lighted tree in themiddle of a pasture is quite the sightto see, one suggested. The following are just a few places we found outside of Denton within a 30-minute drive:
CORINTH — Inspired by a Christmas light display that his children encouraged him to see, Bret LeFevre decided in 2005 that he wanted to create a spectacular Christmas light show that his children, neighborhood, and community could enjoy. Six years later, the Whetstone Lights Christmas Show is even bigger and brighter at 2704 Whetstone Drive in Corinth.
This year, the Whetstone Lights Christmas Show is partnering with DFW Rescue Me, an entity that works to prosecute animal and child abuse suspects.
This year’s show debuted Nov. 23 on Black Friday. The LeFevres ask anyone who drives by to leave a donation for DFW Rescue Me in the mailbox, according to the website. All donations will be given to the entity. Check out their Facebook page — https://www.facebook.com/Whetstonelights — for regular updates.
TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY — Located at the Texas Motor Speedway, visitors to the Gift of Lights will find more than two million LED lights in dazzling displays every night of the week beginning from now through January 6.
Gift of Lights is open nightly beginning at 5:30 pm. On Friday, Saturday and holidays, Gift of Lights closes at 10 p.m. and Monday through Thursday, visitors may enjoy the lights until 9 p.m.
Proceeds from Gift of Lights benefits the Tarrant Area Food Bank, Goodwill Industries, and KLTY Christmas Wish. A special note for large vehicles: maximum height is 13 feet, 6 inches.
Texas Motor Speedway is located off Interstate 35W just south of the Lewisville exit on the west side of the interstate off of Lone Star Circle.
GRAPEVINE — It will be a memorable winter wonderland this Christmas in historic Grapevine when the city becomes blanketed with millions of lights, enormous decorations, animated characters and a whole lot more. The nightly show can be seen beginning at 6 p.m.
Step back in time with Victorianstyle buildings dressed up with ribbons, bows and wreaths and set aglow with twinkling lights. Watch jolly Christmas characters including Santa on stilts, play reindeer games, experience the glass workshop at Vetro Glassblowing Studio, enjoy tractordrawn wagon rides ($1 per person, per ride) and spot decorations adorning Historic Downtown Grapevine’s Main Street. This event is set for Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2, Dec. 7-9, Dec. 14-16 and Dec. 21-23.
Bring the entire family to the Parade of Lights, the largest lighted Christmas parade in North Texas, this Grapevine tradition features more than 100 lighted floats and marching bands. Look for Santa Claus on the last float. The free event is slated for 7 p.m. on December 6 in downtown Grapevine.
If you’re looking for a different sort of Christmas parade, make your way to Lake Grapevine. The Twinkle Lights Boat Parade is one of the most unique Christmas parades with watercrafts decorated in all of the finest sparkling lights to celebrate the season. This floating festival begins at Twin Coves Marina and picks up entries at each marina, Scott’s Landing and Silver Lake. The parade is visible from the shores of Lake Grapevine. This free event is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday.
FRISCO — Frisco Square Property Owners Association and other sponsors present the largest choreographed holiday lights and music show in North Texas, according to the event's website. Christmas in the Square returns for a seventh year full of established favorites and new surprises, too.
Christmas in the Square draws more than 650,000 visitors annually including families, friends and holiday guests from through-out North Texas and the region. With more than 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring and 8 miles of extension cords, the event also has snow machines to create a “winter wonderland” on the sidewalks of Frisco Square as well as a model train display. At The Residence at Frisco Square on the lower level at 6255 Frisco Square Boulevard, the event begins Friday at 6 p.m. and continues from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. The same schedule is set for Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15.