45th Holiday Tour of Homes
Saturday-Sunday | Hours Vary by Day | $20-25
Six beautiful homes in McKinney will be decked out in their festive finery for this popular holiday event! Tour hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event; tickets are good for both days. 

Christmas on Chestnut
Saturday-Sunday | $10-30
Event hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 per guest or $30 for a family of four. Enjoy storytelling, carolers, Santa, a train display, Dutch Oven cooking, blacksmithing and more. (All activities are included with home tour registration.)

  • Brunch available in the Bevel House on Sunday at 10 a.m. $10 in advance only.
  • Saturday Brunch and Tea events are both sold out.

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

Krakatuk: A Nutcracker Prequel
Friday | 7-9:30 p.m. | $8-12
Start a holiday tradition with the original ballet Krakatuk: A Nutcracker Prequel. Krakatuk is a rollicking tale of mice, kings, the search for the hardest nut in the world, and the young man destined to become an enchanted toy Nutcracker. Narrated by the delightful Steve Iwanski-Sanchez, Krakatuk is entertainment for the whole family. Tickets available online. 


Blind Nello Records Christmas Party
Saturday | 7-10:30 p.m. | $22
Enjoy an evening of Texas country singer-songwriters who will be swapping songs and great stories. Fantastic live music by Mark David Manders, Max & Heather Stalling, Kevin Deal, and Houston Marchman. General admission tickets available online. (Photo by Melissa Arnold)

Ringing in Christmas Family Concert
Sunday | 4-6 p.m.| FREE
The McKinney Community Band rings in the holiday season with favorites Christmas music that will put you in the mood for welcoming this special time of year. And the kids will love our visitor from the North who'll be stopping by! Free tickets are available online.

AT HEARD NATURAL SCIENCE MUSEUM | 1 Nature PlaceDinosaurs Live
Heard Natural Science Museum, 1 Nature Place | Thru Feb. 18
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

Nascency - Art Exhibit by Jesus F Moreno
Friday-Saturday | The Cove, 402 N Tennessee | Free
Jesús Moreno will be showing works from the “Figurative” and “Expressive” series, as well as, selective abstract pieces. Some of these works have been in process for several years, evolving, from the initial inspiration, to drawings, and finally creating the painting on canvas. The majority of these works have never been shown before. Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 4-10 p.m. 


Holiday Art Bazaar
Saturday | 11 a.m-7 p.m. |TUPPS Brewery | Free
Enjoy this shopping event and party showcasing the best in handmade gifts, apparel, jewelry, home décor, accessories, art, pottery and more! 721 Anderson.


Toys for Tots & Tour - Franconia Brewing
Saturday | 11 a.m. | 495 McKinney Parkway
Bring a toy and receive a free Franconia glass. Also take the tour for $5 and drink all the beer you want. (Or drop off a new toy any weekday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.)


Santa Events

  • Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus -
    E.J. Wills Gastropub, 1910 N. Stonebridge Dr.; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring the children and take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Brunch menu and full menu available, with special items just for Little Elves. Reservations highly encouraged. Last seating is at 1 p.m.
  • Breakfast with Santa & Live Reindeer -
    Craig Ranch Fitness & Spa, 7910 Collin McKinney Pkwy. 9 a.m.-noon. Enjoy breakfast, games, Santa, live reindeer and much more! RSVP to 214-383-1030. Complimentary for Craig Ranch Fitness members and $10 for non-members over the age of 18.

Other Events This Weekend

  • Free Tour - Chestnut Square, 315 S. Chestnut, 11 a.m. Meet at the Chestnut Square Visitors Center.
  • Vintage Piano Hour - Collin County History Museum, 300 W. Virginia, 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Free.

Live Music This Weekend

Thursday-Sunday | Times vary | Multiple locations in McKinney

  • Cadillac Pizza Pub: Jim Stewart Unplugged (Thur.); The Bodarks (Fri.); Southern Couch Band (Sat.)
  • The Celt Irish Pub: Shane Frame & Beth Mason (Thur.); Slugger's Rule (Fri.); Skeleton McKee (Sat.); Sarah Copus at 11 a.m., Times Irish Music Sessions at 3 p.m. & 6 p.m. (Sun.)
  • Éclair Bistro: Joey Love (Fri.); Mark Sena (Sat.)
  • E.J. Wills Gastropub: Parker Hernandez (Fri.)
  • Hank's Texas Grill: Dale Watson (Fri.); Adam Hood (Sat.)
  • Harvest Seasonal Kitchen: Shane Frame (Fri.); TBA (Sat.)
  • Landon Winery: Janis Thomas (Fri.); Buzz Andrews (Sat.)
  • Lone Star Wine Cellars: Kevin Edwards (Thur.); Philip Brumley (Fri.); Steve Rose (Sun.)
  • Rick's Chophouse: Wyatt Martin (Thur.); Missing 3 (Fri.); Tyla Taylor (Sat.)
  • Zin Zen Wine Bistro: Zack King (Thur.); The 3 Amigos (Fri); Chant Duplantier with Jerry Smith Jr. (Sat.)  

Concert at The Sanctuary Music & Events, 6633 Virginia:
Video Release Party with Highway 31
Friday | 8 p.m. | Doors open at 7 p.m. | $15-125
Highway 31 will be debuting a new music video from their latest Audio Flare Records. Special guests: The Maylee Thomas Band. Bar and food service available. Tickets available online.

Joey Love


Maylee, Jon & Their Bands


Highway 31