Tuesday, December 3, 2013 , Updated 9:43 a.m., December 6, 2013
UPDATE: Denton holiday lighting and wassail fest is canceled
It may be rescheduled.
UPDATE: This event was canceled. "Mother Nature has other plans for our area," reads a notice on the Denton Holiday Lighting website. It may be rescheduled for December 13. Details to come.
Original story: The Denton Holiday Festival is celebrating 25 years of lighting up downtown Denton and ushering in the holidays this weekend.
Centered around the historic courthouse on the square, the festival invites families from all over North Texas to enjoy a night filled with music, games, crafts and the lighting of the tree.
In 1988, the Denton Holiday Festival Association was created with the primary mission of hosting the festival each year. Throughout the years, the event has grown to include musical acts, carriage rides, crafts and visits from Santa. Local musicians and dancers provide live entertainment, including a sing-a-long with the Denton Community Band, which has been a part of the celebration since it began.
Friday’s festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. on the downtown square.
In 2011, the event was moved from Thursday night to Friday night so more families with school-aged children would be allowed more time to enjoy everything the festival has to offer. Kelley Pound, recruitment marketing coordinator for the University of North Texas, said the event has grown vastly since it first began.
“Each year, it seems as though the event gets more popular and last year was no exception” Pound said. “Last year’s mild temperatures on the night of the event made for what was likely our most well-attended event in its history.”
The festival is run by a dedicated and organized group of volunteers from around Denton who make up the Board of the Denton Holiday Festival Association. Funds raised by the group are used to purchase holiday street banners, festival lights and decorations for the square’s buildings and central courthouse.
Plenty of food options will also be available thanks to local restaurants, area non-profits and food trucks that will surround the square. The Denton Wassail Fest – or a toast to all things cider – will also be taking place on the square that evening, as well. More than 30 locations around the square will share samples of their own special wassail recipes for guests to enjoy. Festival-goers get the chance to enjoy hot wassail and vote for which wassail is their favorite. The winner is announced during the musical finale on the square.
“The Wassail Fest takes place along with the holiday lighting event,” said Pound. “It’s a fun way for guests to interact with and visit square area merchants.”
Denton Holiday Lighting ornaments will be on sale on the organizations website and also at the info booth the night of the festival. For more information on the Denton Holiday Festival and the Wassail Fest, visit dentonholidaylighting.com.
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