AT THE MCKINNEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER | 111 N. Tennessee in Downtown McKinney

Santa's Helpers

Thursday | 4:30-8 p.m.
WFAA's Santa's Helpers is celebrating its 49th year of collecting holiday toys for needy children throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth counties of Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton. McKinney's drop off will take place at the McKinney Performing Arts Center on Thursday.
WFAA's Pete Delkus will be accepting donations of unwrapped toys for children aged infant through teen.

All Star Christmas Concert
Friday | 8-9:30 p.m. | Courtroom Theater | $17-22
This concert is a one of a kind performance by maestro Jason Lim and the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra. Joining the orchestra are the William Foley piano trio, Jason Davis on Saxophone, Candace Miller, Keyreel Raskolenko on violin and Ben Katzen on cello. Also featured are special guest stars Maylee Thomas, Mayor George Fuller, Andy Timmons and the Maylee Thomas Band.



19th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights
Saturday | 6:30-8 p.m. | Downtown Square | Free

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 to attend this event.


It's a Wonderful Life Radio Stage Play
Friday-Saturday | The Hub, 102 W. Lamar
First United Methodist Church of McKinney members recreate a 1946-style radio broadcast of Frank Capra's Christmas classic, "It's a Wonderful Life," complete
with authentic commercials and songs from the time
period. Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Caroling on the Square
Saturday | 4:30-5:30 p.m.| Hall Memorial Library
Join the city's annual Caroling on the Square event and sing holiday songs while walking through McKinney's historic downtown square. Participants will meet at the Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library, 101 E. Hunt
St., to become familiar with the songs. 


Second Saturday
Saturday | 5-8 p.m. | Downtown Square | Free

Join merchants in downtown McKinney for Candlelight Shopping and a fun Window Contest. Stroll the square, magically lit with hundreds of candles, plus vote for your favorite window display. And while you're downtown,
enjoy the annual Parade of Lights!



Dinosaurs LiveThru 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. This year's exhibit also features an outdoor fossil dig. Trailer is jogger stroller friendly.  (Photo by @uncle_bekah)
: Nature Story Time - Friday, 10:30-11 a.m., included with admission

Second Saturday Bird Walk

Saturday | 8-9 a.m. | Included with general admission
Monthly Bird Walks last 1.5 hours (with optional extended time if some participants are interested). Prairie, woodland, and wetland habitats are included in these walks. Included with admission and free for Heard Museum members, these bird walks are intended to help beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and identification techniques.


Mélange Exhibit
Friday-Sunday | The Cove, 402 N Tennessee | Free
Rani Verma is an impressionist artist who finds innovative ways to deploy timeless materials - oil, watercolor, and acrylics - in her work. Originally from India, she'll be displaying a diverse body of art inspired by nature and a dash of imagination. Friday, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, 4-9 p.m.; Sunday, 5-8 p.m.


TUPPS Brewery | 721 Anderson in the Cotton Mill District | Tour at 12:30 p.m. Saturday


Trivia Night
Thursday | 7:30-9 p.m. | Free
Are you a know-it-all? Let us pick your brain! There will be prizes for the first-place team and best team name, as well as a raffle. Visit the website for rules, regulations and registration. Restricted to ages 21+. Sponsored by McKinney Public Library. Contestants check in 6:30 p.m. Competition starts at 7 p.m.


Brewery Comedy Tour
Sunday |  6-9 p.m.| $15
Laughs are on tap for this coast-to-coast tour. A solid collection of nationally-recognized comics are currently on the road, sampling the local fare, local brews and providing the finest and funniest in comedy entertainment. Come out for a night of great comedy and the best local beer.


Other Events This Weekend

  • Free Tour - Chestnut Square, 315 S. Chestnut, 11 a.m. Meet at the Chestnut Square Visitors Center.
  • Tour - Franconia Brewing, 495 McKinney Pkwy. $5 admission, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
  • Holiday Warehouse Book Sale - Thursday, Community Center, 2001 S. Central Expwy. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Writer's Exchange - Sunday, 2-3:30 p.m., 6861 W. Eldorado, John & Judy Gay Library, FREE

Live Music This Weekend

Thursday-Sunday | Times vary | Multiple locations in McKinney

  • Cadillac Pizza Pub: Travelin' Jed (Thur.); Coppertones (Fri.); NM Jazztet (Sat.)
  • The Celt Irish Pub: String Theory (Thur.); What (Fri.); Kevin Deal (Sat.); Misty Posey Music, 11 a.m., Irish Music Session, 3 p.m.; and
    Parker Hernandez, 6:30 p.m. (Sun.)
  • Éclair Bistro: Shane Frame & Beth Mason (Fri.); Joey Love Band (Sat.)
  • E.J. Wills Gastropub: Philip Brumley (Fri.)
  • Hank's Texas Grill: Giovannie & The Hired Guns (Thur.); Shotgun Rider (Fri.); Eleven Hundred Springs (Sat.)
  • Harvest Seasonal Kitchen: Mick Tinsley (Fri.); Eric Erickson (Sat.)
  • Landon Winery: Brian Lambert (Fri.); The Tu-Tones (Sat.)
  • Lone Star Wine Cellars: John Pecoraro (Thur.); Tommy Ray Williams (Fri.); Double Down (Sat.); Davis & Rose (Sun.)
  • The Pub: TBA (Thur.); Buzz Andrews (Fri.); James Lann (Sat.)
  • Rick's Chophouse: Jerry Don Branch (Thur.); Razzmatazz Band (Fri.); Buzz Andrews (Sat.)
  • Zin Zen: Aaron Hendra (Thur.); Sabrina Taylor (Fri); Bad 7s (Sat.)  

Concert at The Sanctuary Music & Events, 6633 Virginia:
Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch LIVE DVD Release Party
Friday | 8-11:30 p.m. | Doors open at 7 p.m. | $10-200
The Guitar Sanctuary presents Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch with special guests the Zack King Band in a launch of a special release of their LIVE DVD "Live from Planet Earth" filmed at this venue last December. Doors open at 7 p.m.; event starts at 8 p.m. VIP Tables for four, $200 per table includes four DVDs. Downstairs seating (first come/first served), $35 includes a copy of the DVD (a $20 Value). Standing room only in the balcony, $10. DVDs will also be sold separately. Bar and food available.

Davis & Rose 


String Theory


Shotgun Rider


Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch