Above: 'Christmas Past' Exhibit at Collin County Historical Society Museum
 
 
 
 
McKinney Rotary Club Parade of Lights (Saturday)
The parade is a free, family-friendly event and has become the focal point for the community during the holiday season. This year, Santa is promising snow! Around the historic downtown square, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 
At the McKinney Performing
Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee 

Santa's Helpers (Thursday)
WFAA Channel 8's Santa's Helpers is celebrating its 47th year of collecting holiday toys for needy children. Drop off toys on the downtown square 5-8:30 p.m. on the Kentucky side of the McKinney Performing Arts Center. 
 
 
 
 
(Saturday)
Popular vocalist Erica Lane will dazzle you in the holiday concert "Christmas Joy," featuring exciting jazz tunes and intense, elegant ballads. Lane will capture your heart as she performs stunning seasonal arrangements. 8-10 p.m. Tickets are $18 adults; $15 seniors 65+; $11 children 4 to 12.
 
 
 
 
Countdown to Christmas Free Concert (Sunday)
Fill yourself and your family with Christmas cheer by spending time with the all-volunteer McKinney Community Band as they present a Sunday afternoon of favorite holiday music. 4-6 p.m. Free, no ticket required.
 
 
 
 
 
Spirit of Christmas Benefit Concert (Sunday) McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller and First Baptist McKinney are excited to present The Spirit of Christmas concert to benefit local McKinney initiatives. Tickets are $15 general admission and $20 preferred seating (available online). Two performances - 3-5 p.m and 7-9 p.m. 1615 W. Louisiana.
 
 
 
 
 
Santa on the Square (Thru Dec. 17)
Experience true Christmas magic as your child steps into the “tiny house” workshop of Santa himself on the historic square. Your booking includes two copies of a 4 x 6 in. photo in a keepsake folder and a visit with Santa. (Additional sizes are available on site.) All proceeds benefit Volunteer McKinney, a local nonprofit that inspires people to volunteer. Schedule visits online.
 
 
 
 
 
At TUPPS Brewery
721 Anderson
in the Cotton Mill District

Food Truck Friday:
Arete Gourmet Sliders, 5-10 p.m.

Holiday Art Bazaar (Saturday)
More than 40 artisans will be on hand including potters, painters, jewelers, woodworkers, sculptors and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m
 
 
 
 
JCD & Friends Holiday Jam Bash (shown, Saturday)
Favorite local singer-songwriters Jon Christopher Davis, Maylee Thomas and Crystal and Will Yates will join forces on the TUPPS stage in a night full of great music and holiday cheer.
7-10 p.m. $15 at the door.
 
 
 
 
 
Exhibits/talks included in admission. 

(shown, Saturday)
Guests will see lights and holiday décor along a half mile Heard nature trail. Children and the young at heart will enjoy the opportunity to have a photo taken with Father Christmas and Mother Nature in a festive setting. Hot beverages and treats will be available for purchase, and families will enjoy live holiday music. Tickets are $9 for adults/seniors and $5 for kids 3-12; available at the door or online. 1 Nature Place. 6:30-9 p.m. 

Dinosaurs Live (shown, thru Feb. 19) They're back! Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and some of his life-size animatronic dinosaur friends along the Heard's nature trails.Tues.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. 

Nature Story Time (Friday)
Story times are designed primarily for young children and will introduce a different nature-themed book each week. During some story times, a puppet, live animal or enrichment items are used to enhance the experience. 30-45 minutes depending on the book covered. Included in general admission and free for Heard Museum Members. 10:30 a.m.

Second Saturday Bird Walk (Saturday)
If you've ever had an interest in birding but haven't known where to start, this is a great opportunity to learn some basics. No reservations are required, but you must arrive on time (8 a.m.). Included in general admission; free for Heard Museum members.
 
 
 
 
 
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Cadillac Pizza Pub: Open Mic night (Thur.); Mark Sena's Funk Machine (Fri.); The 8 Tracks (Sat.)
The Celt Irish Pub: Love Past Blue (Thur.); Rory Pane (Fri.); School of Irish Music Chorus, 6-7:30 p.m.; Sluggers Rule, 8-11 p.m. (Sat.); Chris Grooms at 10:30 a.m., Times Irish Music Session at 3 p.m., Bodarks at 6:30 p.m.(Sun.)
Hank's Texas Grill: John Baumann (shown, Thur.); Tyler Rogers Band (Fri.);John Kent David (Sat.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars: Bruce LaBarge (Thur.); Mike Allyn & Tommy Williams (Fri.); Mike Allyn (Sat.); Suburban Jazztet (Sun.)
The Lounge at Rick's: Jim Stewart (Thur.); Jon Griffin (Fri.); Buzz Andrews (Sat.)
TUPPS Brewery: Arts event on Saturday; see above for Holiday Jam event information
Zin Zen Wine Bistro:  Guitar Sanctuary Showcase (Thur.); Shane Frame (Fri.); Chant Duplantier (Sat.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Also check our calendar at VisitMcKinney.com 
or call the MCVB at 214-544-1407 
or toll-free at 888-649-8499.​ 
 
 
 
 
 
TOURS & MORE

THURSDAY
Heard-Craig House: 205 W. Hunt. Thursdays at 1 p.m. $10 for Tour & Tea.

Chestnut Square Historic Village: 315 Chestnut. Tour the buildings, 11 a.m.

Piano Parlor Dinner Hour at Eclair Bistro: This special evening is presented by Eclair Bistro and features a special menu that will include authentic dishes from the 1900s and 1910s as well as the piano
talents of Anthony Nagrid playing ragtime and novelty piano compositions. $40 per person. Reservations only; call 214-701-4409. 216 E. Virginia. 8-10 p.m.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY
Deck the Halls Event:
This event featuring art by painter Milessa Murphy Steward and a book signing by Jerry Gundersheimer. At The Cove, 402 N. Tennessee.

McKinney Christian Academy Home Tour: Tour magnificently decorated homes; all proceeds will benefit MCA mission trips. Ticket price includes one raffle ticket for a decorated 3-foot tree. Three different themed trees will be displayed at the homes. See website for hours and tickets.

SATURDAY
Breakfast with Santa at Sanctuary: Join the Love Life Foundation for a special free Breakfast with Santa event at The Sanctuary Music & Events, 6633 Virginia (in Adriatica). Free Santa photos and free breakfast. Pick up an Angel Tree Angels to help needy children in Collin County.8-11 a.m.

Franconia Brewery Tour & Tastings: $5. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at 495 McKinney Pkwy.

721 Anderson (at the Cotton Mill); $5 a beer, tours at 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. 
 
 
 
 

Click to access the web map or pick up a pocket map at the McKinney CVB visitors center at 200 W. Virginia.
 
 
 
 
Need overnight accommodations for yourself or out-of-town guests? McKinney offers a wide range of options. ​​
Find lodging links at VisitMcKinney.com
or call the McKinney CVB
at 888-649-8499 for assistance.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Holiday Lights Tour
Book a carriage ride through McKinney's historic district. Make your reservations now for rides December 2-30.
 
 
 
            
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