After a busy time of several holiday events around southern Denton County last weekend, there will be a handful more coming this week.
The 20th annual Denton Holiday Parade and Lighting of the Green is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Thursday, with live music, dancers, classic cars, horses, community groups, churches, an appearance by Santa Claus and more in downtown. After the parade, the community will gather at the courthouse steps for the lighting of the memorial trees.
The city of Highland Village will host its inaugural Christmas at the Ranch event at Doubletree Ranch Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The city says the park “will be turned into a winter wonderland” throughout the Christmas season, and the free event will feature a visit from Santa Claus and his reindeer, free horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa’s workshop for children, Christmas carolers and more. Free carriage rides will also be offered several other times in December. From Dec. 15 to Dec. 29, first-come first-serve carriage rides will be offered each weekend evening from 5-8 p.m., according to the city website.
It will be an Olde Time Christmas from 5-8 p.m. Saturday in Bartonville. The town’s annual holiday event will feature an appearance by Santa, live music, a North Pole Kids’ Train, live reindeer, carriage rides, face painting, a balloon artist, dancers and more at Bartonville Town Center.
The 29th annual Flower Mound Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Saturday. The parade will head down Spinks Road to Gerault Park, where the tree will be lit and there will be choir performances, pictures with Santa, kids’ activities, local vendors, food trucks and more.