A Very Merry #Dentoning

Published on: Thu, Jun 28, 2018

Think Norman Rockwell Christmas calendar or 1940s-era Saturday Evening Post cover. That’s downtown Denton during the holiday season.

Denton’s 2018 holiday season opens Nov. 10-11 with Denton Main Street Association’s Holiday Open House. This is a chance to stay ahead of the crowds and shop downtown Denton for totally unique holiday décor and one-of-a kind gifts. More than 50 shops and restaurants participate each year. Restaurants? Of course! Browsing through Vintage Bleu’s reclaimed treasures and repurposed pieces, for example, works up an appetite. Local eateries are the norm in the heart of Denton, so shopping and eating, snacking, drinking – well, “it’s an experience,” Dentonites say. It’s true!

(Photo by Ed Steele Photography)

Still prefer relaxing after an indulgent Thanksgiving meal with friends and loved ones over waiting in lines to get good deals on holiday shopping? Skip Black Friday and focus instead on the last Saturday of November: Small Business Saturday, a day set aside across the nation to highlight the small businessmen and women, backbone of America’s economy. Local boutiques, craftsmen and restauranteurs are filled with holiday spirit as patrons tick items off their lists.

One of the most anticipated festivals of the season is the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival, held on the square on Friday one week after Thanksgiving. The square comes alive with twinkling lights, festive music, and delicious treats.

Permeating the air at Holiday Lighting are the intermingling scents of Christmas trees, cinnamon, cloves and spiced cider known as wassail.

That’s because it’s also Wassail Weekend on the Square! Participating Denton Main Street Association merchants simmer their best (and usually top-secret) wassail recipes and serve up tastings in hopes of being crowned Wassail King or Queen. Throughout Holiday Lighting and all day Saturday, wassailers wander merchant to merchant, sampling wassail concoctions they missed the night before.

The holidays in Denton wouldn’t be complete without catching a classic ballet performance of The Nutcracker, presented by The Festival Ballet of North Central Texas. Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker has been a staple of The Festival Ballet since 1988. Artistic Director Eldar Valiev is always excited for this time of year.

“Everyone is a wide-eyed child when they witness The Nutcracker on stage,” Valiev says.

All of Denton comes alive with irresistible sights, tastes and sounds the last two months of every year. Sweater weather or not, when it’s Christmastime, choose L’il d for the merriest celebration of all.

Denton Holiday Happenings

Holiday Open House: Nov. 10-11
More info: dentonmainstreet.org

(Photo courtesy of the Festival Ballet of North Texas)

Small Business Saturday: Nov. 24
More info: discoverdenton.com

Holiday Lighting Festival: Nov. 30
More info: dentonholidaylighting.com

Wassail Weekend: Nov. 30-Dec. 1
More info: dentonmainstreet.org

The Nutcracker: Dec. 7-9
More info: festivalballet.net