IN DOWNTOWN MCKINNEY |111 N. Tennessee in Downtown McKinney

19th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights
Thursday | 7 p.m. | Downtown Square | Free | Rescheduled 
Celebrate the season with holiday magic on the square at the McKinney Rotary Club’s 19th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights. Emceed by McKinney’s own Johnny B., the parade will include beautifully decorated floats, high school drill teams and bands, antique fire trucks, and of course, Santa! This year’s parade theme is “Christmas Around the World." Free.

Christmas Concert - World Piano Man
Friday & Saturday  | 8-10 p.m. | $29 general admission
Capture the magic of this festive time with a magical Christmas concert. Martyn Lucas will perform your favorite Christmas classics at the piano, singing in many voices including Pavarotti, Josh Groban, Neil Diamond, Sir Elton John, Frank Sinatra and many more. A member of the McKinney Lions Club, Martyn is donating 25 percent of ticket sales to the Lions of McKinney.
This show is supported by Legends of McKinney, an organization that provides assisted living and memory care.
At McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee, in downtown McKinney

Caroling on the Square
Thursday | 5:30- 7 p.m.| Hall Memorial Library | Free
The group will meet at the Dulaney meeting room at the Roy and Helen Hall library, before walking to the Square to spread holiday cheer in the community! Songbooks will be provided, and holiday attire is encouraged. Stick around the square after caroling for the McKinney Parade of Lights.


Also: Holiday Safari Night
Thursday 5-8 p.m. Downtown McKinney
Enjoy late night candlelight shopping, fabulous free drinks and prizes to be won from over 20 participating shops around McKinney's downtown square.

Christmas from the Sanctuary
Thursday  | 7-8:30 p.m. | Free to $100
Enjoy a special family friendly concert event featuring an Maylee Thomas-Fuller, Andy Timmons, George Fuller, and Gerry Fisher performing songs from Maylee and Andy's Christmas album "Here Comes the Son." Other musical guests, as well as staff and students from The Guitar Sanctuary family, will also take the stage. Standard seating downstairs and on the balcony is free. VIP Tables with seating for four are available for $100 each, with all proceeds benefiting the Love Life Foundation. The Sanctuary Music & Events, 6633 Virginia Parkway. Tickets available online.


Holiday Family Craft Workshop

Saturday | 10 a.m.-Noon | $15 per kit
Head to The Heard Museum for a midday gathering for holiday and nature-themed crafting using recycled and found materials. Pre-registration is required. General admission is not included in the $15 kit price and is not required to participate in this program. Participants should arrive no later than noon. Participants may complete projects through 2 p.m.

Dinosaurs Live
Thru Feb. 18 | Included with general admission
Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the nature trails. The exhibit gives families a fun, educational activity to enjoy together, and makes for great photos. See the dinosaurs move and hear them roar! Play area dinosaurs will be available as well as an outdoor fossil dig. Trailer is jogger stroller friendly. (Photo by Plano Profile)

Also included with museum admission: Nature Story Time, Friday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

At TUPPS Brewery, 721 Anderson

Cousin Maine Lobster Food Truck - 
Friday | 5-9 p.m.
The Dallas-based Cousin Maine Lobster Food Truck will be serving up amazing seafood. For those who are Shark Tank fans, this food truck is a franchise of the company that made a deal with shark Barbara Corcoran. 


Yoga & Craft Beer - Saturday | 9-10 a.m. | FREE class
North Texas Yoga is having a free class inside the brewery. This all-levels class is perfect for all ages. Stay after and enjoy one of TUPPS' 10 different beers, brewed in McKinney, or for a pint of Kombucha. Don't forget to bring a mat!

Other Events This Weekend

  • Free Tour - Chestnut Square, 315 S. Chestnut, 11 a.m. Meet at the Chestnut Square Visitors Center.
  • Brewery Tour - Franconia Brewing, 495 McKinney Pkwy. $5 admission, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
  • Bake French Macarons - Savor Patisserie, 119 W. Virginia. Call 469-617-7414 to reserve spot in class.
  • Tis the Season for Poetry - (Thru Dec. 31) Mockingbird Poetry Society Display, Hall Library, 101 E. Hunt

Live Music This Weekend

Thursday-Sunday | Times vary | Multiple locations in McKinney

  • Cadillac Pizza Pub: Chaz Marie & Quinten Hope (Thur.); Brian Jones & The Misfit Cowboys (Fri.); Wanda King (Sat.)
  • The Celt Irish Pub: The Tradition Band (Thur.); Slugger's Rule (Fri.); Justin Pickard and the Thunderbird Winos (Sat.); Plectra at 11 a.m., Irish Music Session at 3 p.m., and Ken & Cathy at 6:30 p.m. (Sun.)
  • Éclair Bistro: The Gypsy Playboys (Fri.); Cafe Society (Sat.)
  • E.J. Wills Gastropub: Tony Blakley (Fri.)
  • Hank's Texas Grill: Mick Tinsley (Fri.); Two Tons of Steel (Sat.)
  • Harvest Seasonal Kitchen: Ed McMahon (Fri.); Jim Stewart (Sat.)
  • Landon Winery: Shane Frame (Fri.); Kelly Vaughn (Sat.)
  • Lone Star Wine Cellars: Roger Escobedo (Thur.); Whiskey Holler (Fri.); Steve Douthit (Sat.); Jack Supan (Sun.)
  • McKinney Coffee Company: Alexa B Heart (Sat.)
  • Rick's Chophouse: Wyatt Martin (Thur.); Missing 3 Band (Fri.); 4 Way Street Band (Sat.)
  • Zin Zen: Earshot Trio (Thur.); The Pagers (Fri); Darwin Martin (Sat.)  

Two Tons of Steel


Shane Frame


Sluggers Rule