Serving Denton, NC & Surrounding Communities

November 24th,2021


Hometown Christmas Celebration,
Love Lights Tree, Holiday Market, Annual Denton Parade

The Town of Denton Parks and Recreation invites you and your family to attend the “Love Lights Tree” service along with the lighting of the Harrison Park on Friday, December 3 at 6:00pm. On Saturday, December 4 make plans to attend the Holiday Market and Denton Christmas Parade in Harrison Park from 10am-until. FREE activities will include, hot chocolate and cookies, with Gaye Shelton’s piano students bringing a joyful note to the park as they perform a FREE recital in the park.

On Friday night December 3 the Town of Denton will celebrate the Christmas season by the annual Lighting of the Park, starting at 6:00pm. The festive evening held in Harrison Park, will include Christmas music and lighting of the park and Christmas trees along with illuminating the  “Love Lights Christmas Tree.”

The “Love Lights Tree” is a way for people to remember a loved one this holiday season. It could be a loved one who has passed away, someone overseas, or someone away from home this Christmas. As well as remembering a loved one, the tree will also raise funds to support the many projects that the Denton Parks and Recreation Department sponsor throughout the year.

You may make a donation of $5 (or more) in honor or in memory of your loved one(s) this holiday season and an ornament with your name and the name of your loved one will be placed on the “Love Lights Christmas Tree.”
During the Love Lights ceremony the tree will be illuminated and the names of the donors and those being honored will be read aloud.

Donations are now being accepted. Forms and payment can be dropped off at The Denton Orator 2 North Main Street or mailed to the Orator at PO Box 1546, Denton, NC 27239, and also at Town Hall. Checks should be made payable to the Town of Denton/P&R.

Donations for the Love Lights ornaments will be accepted throughout the Christmas Season, ending December 31, 2021, however only those donations received at The Orator prior to December 3rd  will be announced at the “Love Lights” ceremony. You may pick up your ornament after December 23 until January 5, 2022.

On Saturday, Our Holiday Market welcomes vendors to set up in Harrison Park and at the Farmers Market at no charge during this event. The Holiday Market is open for any craftsmen and artists wishing to sell their art.

Spaces are available on a first come first serve basis. Call Town Hall 336-859-4231 for more information.

Back by popular demand, historic FREE carriage rides will run from 10:00am-2:00pm through the streets of Denton. Brian Simmons will provide this service compliments of the Town of Denton Parks and Recreation. Again this year take advantage of Santa’s Workshop, where you can take pictures and talk to Santa at no charge, so be sure to bring your camera.

The annual Denton Christmas Parade will begin at 12 noon in downtown Denton. Entries are currently being accepted. Floats, antique cars, beauty queens, bands and/or musical groups, clowns, cloggers, ball teams, church groups and so forth are welcomed to participate in the parade. Horses are also allowed only with diapers/bags and will be placed at the end of the parade. Participants are asked NOT to have a Santa Claus on any floats, etc., as the big guy himself has already agreed to take time out of his busy schedule this year in order to serve as the finale of the parade.

Four-wheelers will not be permitted in the parade, except for those pulling floats or used by Parade officials. The Town of Denton Parks and Recreation reserves the right to decline any entry that does not meet its criteria. If you would like to participate in this year’s parade or have questions about the event, please contact Town Hall at 336-859-4231

Make sure to visit all our local businesses to check out their holiday specials. It helps us all when we SHOP LOCAL!

Mark your calendars now and make plans to attend the 2021 Denton Christmas Parade and Hometown Christmas Celebration.


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