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Get merry: Holiday lighting ushers holidays into Denton

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Lucinda Breeding

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.

Free

Festival Stage

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

Commissioners Courtroom

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

Performance Stage

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.