The Denton Holiday Lighting Festival officially brings yuletide cheer to Denton on Friday.
The annual holiday party on the Square starts just after the workday winds down. Groups will perform on all sides of the downtown Denton Square, and at Denton County Historical Park, Cross Timbers Church, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church and Agua Dulce Mexican Kitchen.
Wassail Weekend kicks off during the event, and secular and sacred music share the bill all around the Square.
The event starts at at 5:30 p.m. with a sing-along with the Denton Community Band, and ends with "A Very Merry Denton Holiday Spectacular" starring local musicians. The event is free and suitable for all ages.
Denton Holiday Lighting Festival schedule
The following is an updated schedule.
5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1
Downtown Denton Square, 110 W. Hickory St.
Located at Hickory and Locust streets
5:30 p.m. -- Holiday sing-along with Denton Community Band (songbooks are available onsite)
5:45 p.m. -- Greetings from dignitaries
6 p.m. -- Tree lighting
6 to 6:20 p.m. -- Denton Community Band
6:30 to 6:50 p.m. -- Denton High School Lab Band 1
7 to 7:20 p.m. -- Ballet Folklorico de Woodrow Wilson
7:30 to 7:50 p.m. -- Festival Ballet of North Central Texas presenting excerpts from The Nutcracker
Dancing in the Streets Performance Area
At the corner of Locust and Oak Streets
6 to 6:20 p.m. -- Ryan High School Strutters
6:30 to 6:50 p.m. -- NT Dancers & TWU Pioneer Pride
7 to 7:20 p.m. -- Cross Oaks Spirit Squad
7:30 to 7:50 p.m. -- Desert Diamonds
UNT on the Square
109 N. Elm St.
6 to 8 p.m. -- UNT Tuba Euphonium Ensemble
Chestnut Tree Tea Room
107 W. Hickory St
6 to 6:20 p.m. - Gigi Miller
6:30 to 6:50 p.m. - Robbie Johnson
7 to 7:20 p.m. - Kenzie Eaglin
7:30 to 7:50 p.m. - Pink Couch Studios
On the second floor of the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.
6 to 6:20 p.m. -- Order of the Ocarina
6:30 to 6:50 p.m. -- Trinity Wennerstrom
7 to 7:50 p.m. --Kelsey Lewis
Denton County Historical Park
317 W. Mulberry
6 to 6:20 p.m. - Cross Oaks Choir
6:30 to 6:50 p.m. - Evers Park Elementary Choir
7 to 7:20 p.m. - Swan Hawk Choir
7:30 to 7:50 p.m. - Blanton Squire Choir
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Stage
300 W. Oak St. (Sanctuary will be open for prayer during these times as well)
5:30 to 5:55 p.m. -- St. Andrew Children present the Living Nativity
6 to 6:25 p.m. -- St. Andrew Youth Caroling
6:30 to 7p.m. -- St. Andrew Adult Chancel Choir
East Courthouse Lawn
all evening - Glory of Zion Living Nativity
Cross Timbers Church
312 W. McKinney St
6 to 6:20 p.m. - Denton Community Chorus
6:30 to 6:50 p.m. - The Loverlies
7 to 7:20 p.m. - Calvary United Pentecostal Church of Denton
7:30 to 7:50 p.m. - Brett Cox
Agua Dulce Mexican Kitchen
115 S. Elm St.
5:30 to 5:55 p.m. - St. Andrew Children -- Living Nativity
6 to 7:20 p.m. - Layne Elizabeth
7:30 to 7:50 p.m. - Stephanie Untch
Corner of Oak and Elm Streets
8 to 9:30 p.m. -- "A Very Merry Denton" Holiday Spectacular: featuring David J. Pierce and the Denton Holiday Lighting Orchestra, with special guests A Taste of Herb, Little Jack Melody, Eric Pulido of Midlake & BNQT, Jeffrey Barnes, Bubba Turner, Boxcar Bandits, UNT Brazillian Percussion Ensemble, John Murphy, the UNT Jazz Singers, Bonnie & Nick Norris and Bubba Hernandez.
FEATURED IMAGE: The Denton Community Band plays just after the tree lighting during the Holiday Lighting Festival on Friday, December 4, 2015. Photo by Kristen Watson/DRC.