HOLY CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN!! Here we go, hurtling into the holidays, with Chanukah just starting and a blizzard of winter events to entertain us. In case you’re still doing some shopping, our list from last season for local gifts is still evergreen. Plenty of #Dentoning to do, and beware the UNT & TWU graduation crowds this weekend, but nevertheless here’s our top #DEN10 picks for shenanigans.


THURSDAY, December 14th

DCM Evergreen Holiday Market  | GDAC | 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Denton Community Market hosts a special indoor Holiday Market at the Greater Denton Arts Council, featuring great locally-made gifts in Festival Hall of the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. There will be food trucks, local farmers, bakers, artisans and maybe candle-stick makers, kids activities and photos with SANTA CLAUS!!!

DBFF Kick-Off Party | Dan’s Silver Leaf | 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Denton Black Film Festival is gearing up for the 2018 event in January, featuring music from Denton Funk Soul! You can check out their 2017 recap video to relive the greatness.

FRIDAY, December 15th

3rd Beer of Christmas: Barampus | Bearded Monk | 6:00 PM - 11:45 PM
The Bearded Monk started their 12 Beers of Christmas countdown on Wednesday, but their Friday night feature is Novle Rey’s Barampus and a special live screen-printing of Barampus tshirts!    

Cindy Wilson | Dan’s Silver Leaf | 8:30 PM - 11:30 PM  
You know her as a founding member and bellowing vocalist for The B-52s, but her new solo album Change is lighting up the charts and winning accolades from critics as “an ethereal dream-pop performance.” Go hear for yourself.


SATURDAY, December 16th

UNT New Orleans Bowl | Eastside | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Mean Green Eagles bowl game watch party has specials and graduation weekend fans to cheer on the home team. Don’t neglect Jazz Brunch at The Chestnut Tree, but best arrive early!

A Christmas Story | Denton Community Theater | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Even if you never get that Red Rider BB Gun, you can still enjoy this holiday treasure as interpreted by the DCT troupe! Performances run through December 16 with matinees scheduled, but tickets go fast.

Merry Mulberry Market | II Charlies Bar & Grill | 6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Enjoy some merry spirits and holiday cocktails while perusing a dozen awesome local vendors, Shop Local for the Holidays!

10 Year Anniversary Party | II Charlie's | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
One of our favorite off-the-Square watering holes is celebrating a decade in Denton with free food, $3 drinks, and some of the friendliest faces you know!! 

SUNDAY, December 17th

The Luzecky Trio | Paschall Bar | 9:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Go get some live jazz and a slow-sippin’ cocktail as you enjoy one of the best venues in town.

Chili Cookoff | Steve’s Wine Bar | 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Chili afficianados and bean-defenders face-off in this showdown of chili tasting contest that pairs nicely with a number of excellent selections!  

As always, holla in the comments if you have a fave to add, but be sure to tag your pretty Instagram pics with #WDDI so maybe you make the cut on Monday’s glorious “What We Did” review.