OMG y’all it is finally here!! It’s time for the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival and Wassail Weekend!!  You should seriously start thinking about holiday shopping as the downtown showcases shopping local! This week in #DENTONING adventures also has plenty of other fun, so here is our top #DEN10 weekly events!


THURSDAY, November 29th

Movie Night with DBFF | TWU Visual Arts Bldg | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM    

TWU hosts the Denton Black Film Festival for an evening of FREE screenings for TWU students, faculty, staff and friends! Call in a chip from one of your TWU pals, then go check out Glitterbomb at Andy’s or Comedy Night at Armadillo Ale Works!

FRIDAY, November 30th

Denton Christmas Tree Lighting | Denton Courthouse Square | 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM   
Celebrating 30 years, the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival is Denton’s most beloved holiday tradition that’s sure to get you in the Chrismahanukwanzakah spirit! Live local music, street food, smiles for miles, free wassail samples, and merryment everywhere, with the best news that you can ride the DCTA A-train for FREE to get your photo with Santa Claus!!!  (Krampus is next week.)

It’s Christmas man, with Brave Combo| Andy’s Bar | 7:00 PM - 11:59 PM  
Hometown Polka Heroes top-off the tree lighting with some booty-shaking renditions of holiday standards.


SATURDAY, December 1st

The Holiday Express | Denton Transit Center | 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM  
Browsing Denton businesses always pairs nicely with Saturday Jazz Brunch at The Chestnut Tree after some Yoga On The Square, but if you’re taking the DCFOF Holiday Express then you have a day of dancing elves and North Pole adventures ahead of you! Cap off your evening with the monthly Star Party at UNT’s Rafes Astronomy Center!

NTX Fair BBQ Cookoff | North Texas Fair & Rodeo Grounds | 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM  
The 2nd Annual Steak, Barbeque, and Chili Cookoff with Fun & Games contests, all proceeds benefit the North Texas Fair Association Scholarships Fund. 

Denton Historic Home Tour | Silk Stocking Row | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM  
Six featured homes representing several architectural styles and built between 1900 and 1924 will be open to the community for these special guided tours. These storied homes are located in two historic neighborhoods north of UNT, one created by the early faculty of the North Texas State Normal (now UNT) and the other in the John B. Denton College Neighborhood. Tickets are also available at the Discover Denton Welcome Center.

A Very Merry Mulberry Market| Mulberry Street Cantina | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  
Let's have ourselves a Merry Little Market to shop local. Fresh Margaritas and handmade gifts during the holidays, what more could you want before headed back downtown for night two of Wassail Weekend?!

Open House | Studio E | 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Always wondered what Studio E aka the "Bears Den" looks like? Pictures don't do it justice so go see for yourself what this new downtown venue is all about! Also take the opportunity to wander around the block to check out Q’s Café!


SUNDAY, December 2nd

Salty Lady Burlesque Brunch| Andy’s Bar | 1:00 PM –4:00 PM  
Pour Me Another: A Drunkenly Debaucherous Burlesque Brunch, presented by Salty Lady Burlesque! Enjoy acts by Black Orchid, Victoria Vi KingHoney Sin Claire and Kabrina D. Sierra! We'll also have the comedy stylings of Taylor Higginbotham! All hosted by Ranch Drescher (Kristen Gaddis)! Plus trivia, games, mimosas, Bloody Maries, and a mountain of waffles!!  

Thin Line Gift Raffle | Eastside |2:00 PM - 8:00 PM  
It’s a Holiday Party with Denton’s Thin Line Film Festival! Gift Raffle with amazing wrapped gifts YOU could win! Purchase raffle tickets, when your number is called, you pick out a wrapped gift! It's a super fun way to give back AND Holiday shop!!  

Sound off in the comments if you have other fave events to add, and be sure to tag your pretty Instagram pics with #WDDI so maybe you make the cut on Monday’s glorious “What We Did” review!