About Wassail Weekend

What is Wassail Weekend? It is just a fussy old English word for hot cider. Some downtown merchants will stir up their best recipe to give free tastings for all ages during the festivities of the annual Denton Holiday Lighting Festival, which falls on Friday, November 30th, 2018, and tastings will be served from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.. In addition to Friday, more downtown merchants will give free tastings while you shop and dine downtown on Saturday, December 1st, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or until the Wassail runs out.  

Friday night's festivities will be the festival and tastings. Saturday will have some Wassail stops open, strolling musicians, musicians live at DentonRadio.com studio in the Discover Denton Welcome Center. Also, be sure to check out the other family-friendly activities that will be happening on Saturday, December 1st in downtown, including the Historic Homes Tour and some morning fun on the Holiday Express Train, an event held by Denton County Friends of the Family.

The Holiday Express Train is a magical day of excitement beginning with a train ride on the Holiday Express (mimicking the old time favorite, The Polar Express) followed by brunch and family friendly activities at the "North Pole".  When you finish up, bring the family around downtown for some free Wassail tastings and vote on your favorite.  Click here for information and to get tickets for Holiday Express Train,

Tour the beautiful historic homes of the Oak-Hickory Historic District after some free Wassail tasting on Saturday.  The tour is Saturday December 1st from 1 to 5 p.m.  The featured homes, representing several architectural styles, were built between 1895 and 1917 in an area within walking distance of the downtown square.Click here for information and to get tour tickets.

More information on Wassail stops and details, see below. We look forward to seeing you at Wassail Stops during the weekend.


For more information about Denton Holiday Lighting 


Schedule for Wassail Weekend - Saturday Dec. 1st

  • 1 p.m. - Tastings start at Saturday participating locations until 4:30 p.m. or until Wassail supplies run out.

  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - TB Winds Quartet in Oak Street sidewalk 

  • 2 p.m. - Jake Nickol playing some holiday tunes mixed in with Americana influenced Country/Folk music in the DentonRadio.com studio, 111 W. Hickory Street

  • 3:00 pm. - 4:00 p.m. - Dave White and Link Chalon strolling musicians playing guitar and mandolin around the square 

  • 4:30 p.m. - Voting ends so be sure to stop by the Discover Denton Welcome Center, 111 W. Hickory to get your list of hashtags for voting and cast your vote in the online ballot. See the link below.

    Note: Outdoor locations subject to change in event of inclement weather


How to vote for your favorite Wassail Stop

  • Vote right here by clicking Vote Online

  • Vote through Facebook and Instagram by posting a photo of your favorite Wassail and tag your favorite spot by using their hashtag from the list below. Please make your post public.

  • List of all the stops and the hashtags to use in voting on social media available at the Wassail Info table at the Discover Denton Welcome Center, 111 W. Hickory or check in store windows.

  • *All voting begins Friday, Nov. 30th at 5:30 pm and must be completed in by 4:30 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 1st to be eligible for drawings.


Participants List and voting #'s 2018

WASSAIL STOPS ARE OPEN FRI., 5:30 PM TO 8 PM AND SATURDAY, 1 PM - 4:30 PM, OR UNTIL SUPPLIES RUN OUT.

VOTE BY 4:30 PM SATURDAY.

SOME STOPS ARE ONLY SERVING ON FRIDAY OR SATURDAY AND ARE NOTED. ALL OTHERS ARE SERVING ON BOTH DAYS. 

PLEASE NOTE: Wassail Stops list as of 11/26/18.

Locust Street & Beyond

 

Oak Street & Beyond

Elm Street & Beyond

Hickory Street & Beyond

 

 


Recap of Past Wassail Weekends


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Holiday Express

Get ready to jump aboard and ride the local DCTA A-Train to the North Pole! It's the Holiday Express! 

Denton County Friends of the Family are taking over the A-Train, in collaboration with the Denton County Transit Authority (DCTA), and turning it into a holiday themed train ride. This magical day of excitement will begin with a train ride on the Holiday Express (mimicking the old time favorite, The Polar Express) followed by brunch and family friendly activities at the "North Pole". 

Schedule

Click here for more train and day-of details.

North Pole Festivities:

Saturday, December 1st
9:00am - 1:00pm
Patterson-Appleton Center (Greater Denton Arts Council)
400 E. Hickory St, Denton TX 76201

Tickets

General admission tickets will go on sale November 20th. Seats are limited! Make sure you're the first to know- sign up for the Holiday Express Newsletter.


Historic Home Tour

On Saturday December 1st, from 1 to 5 p.m.  The featured homes, representing several architectural styles, were built between 1895 and 1917 in an area within walking distance of the downtown square.  Click on the button below for ticket information.