Holiday events kick off in Grayson County

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) Grayson County Holiday Lights and Denison on Ice had their grand openings for the season tonight.

"We're open for business and we're to help enhance your holiday atmosphere and make memories for you," said Denison Parks and Recreation's Kimberly Bowen.

"The only time that you're gonna really see us close the rink down is if the temperatures get to a point where the ice is melting and the pools are showing. That becomes a safety issue so we'll close the rink down for safety for that reason, or if the weather, if we have lightning in the area and it's just not safe to be out." (Bowen)

Rainy weather couldn't keep skaters off the ice -- even young skater, Za'mya Walker.

"I'm just making sure if the skating rink is good, but I like skating and I know how to skate," said Walker. "And I hope y'all have a great holiday!"

Denison on Ice is on Main Street, and is sure to be a good time for even the most amateur skaters.

It officially opened at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and will stay open until 9:00 p.m. every night until January 5th. They will be open from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 1:00-9:00 p.m. on weekends. After December 20th, the rink will be open 1:00-9:00 p.m. daily. They close at 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day.

Another family-friendly attraction just 10 minutes from downtown Denison is the Grayson County Holiday Lights.

"Today is the opening of the light show. For the first time in 19 years it rained on opening night, so that's one step. Other than that really nothing is different," said Charla Harris, President of Grayson County Frontier Village.

Hundreds of cars drove through Loy Lake Park Friday night to enjoy the twinkling lights and festive displays.

"But it's just a magic time. It's a magic time with your family, and it's awesome to watch the little ones run around and enjoy it," said Harris.

The free light show will go on every night from 5:30-10:00 p.m. through December 29th. Volunteers are collecting donations at the exit which go toward the holiday light show.