Above: Bella Donna Chapel (Taken by Steve Spainhouer)
At the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary,
1 Nature Place, 972-562-5566

Dinosaurs Live! (Shown)
(Open thru Feb. 21) Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and eight new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the Heard Museum nature trails. Included in admission to the museum. Also on the sanctuary grounds: picnic area, pioneer village and Animals of the World Exhibit; more exhibits indoors. Open New Year's Eve until 3 p.m. Closed New Year's Day.
(Thru Jan. 10)
Approximately 100 teacups and saucers in 11 different pattern categories, many on loan from local McKinney families and from the Heard-Craig Heirloom China including Kathryn's own hand painted collections. The teacups dating from 1900 - 1950 are displayed alongside current patterns. Complimentary tea tasting during your visit. Open daily (except New Year's Day) from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Requested $20 donation to cover the exhibit, the tour, the tea, and the Patterns informational brochure. Proceeds support the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts, 205 W. Hunt Street.
(Thru Dec. 31) Explore a vintage showcase of artifacts from Christmases past. For a list of exhibits, visit the CCHS website. Also, kids can drop letters to Santa in the North Pole Express delivery box at this historic post office. 300 E. Virginia. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. (Closed New Year's Day.)
Cadillac Pizza Pub: New Year's Eve Party with Mark Sena (Thur.); the Superkings (Fri.);  Chant (Sat.)
Cafe Malaga: Live Music (Fri./Sat.)
The Celt Irish Pub: Live Trivia (Wed.); Innisfall at 4 p.m. and Phillip Ferguson & Texas True (Thur.); Seamus Stout  (Sat.); Innisfall,10 a.m., Times Irish Music Session, 3 p.m. (Sun.)
Hank's Texas Grill: Open until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve - no live musi Open Mic Night (Wed.); Zane Williams NYE Bash (Thur.); Bart Crow Horseman's Hangover Ball (Fri.); Scooter Brown & Travis Parker Band (Sat.)
Landon Winery: Live Music (Sat.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars:  Live Music (Friday-Sunday)
Mitas Hill Vineyard & Winery: Lou Harlas & Kelly Durbin in The Reserve and Shane Frame (n The Wine Bar (Sat.)
The Lounge at Rick's: Buzz Andrews (Thur. - NYE)
The Sanctuary: NYE with Maylee Thomas Band; details in blog.
Zin Zen Wine Bistro:  NYE party with Chant Duplantier & Jerry Smith, $10 cover charge. Details in blog.

For more about events in McKinney, check our calendar at VisitMcKinney.com or call the MCVB
at 214-544-1407 or tollfree at 888-649-8499.​ 
Check out all the restaurants and venues holding New Year's Eve events to usher in 2016.

The Vietnam Syndrome Exhibit : Learn about a turbulent era in American history. Admission to this exhibit is free the month of December. Collin County Historical Society Museum, 300 E. Virginia. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat. (Closed New Year's Day.)

Catch the Orange Bowl at TUPPS. Kickoff is at 3 p.m., showing on a 165" HD  screen and four 65" flat screens all inside a 15,000 sq ft brewery. Six beers on tap and foods from Butcher & Barley. 721 Anderson.

Franconia Brewery Tour & Tastings: $5. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at 495 McKinney Pkwy. 
Tupps Brewery Tour: 721 Anderson St. at the Cotton Mill. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tastings and live music.

Wine Tastings & Tour: Mitas Hill Vineyard & Winery, 2300 Vineyard Hill Lane. 3 p.m.


Your Source for Cool McKinney Merchandise!
MCVB Visitors Center, 
200 W. Virginia 
(Closed New Year's Day)