Above: Bonnie Wenk Park on Dec. 1 - By Steven Spainhouer
This tradition began in 1973 when the founders of the Heritage Guild of Collin County Holiday Tour first opened their historic homes to raise money to purchase the Dulaney House and Cottage and the grounds that eventually became Chestnut Square. Every year five or six homes and historic structures are decorated for Christmas and opened for the tour. The proceeds from ticket sales and an annual raffle are a major component of the ongoing operation of Chestnut Square. Tickets available online and are good for both days. Also in conjunction with this event, check out the free-to-attend craft bazaar and the tea luncheon ($15). Event runs Saturday, 9 a.m .-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m.

(Friday-Saturday) While you're in the mood to tour homes, you can visit three festive and fun homes on a Christmas Home Tour benefiting McKinney Christian Academy's Guatemala Mission Trip fund. Tour times are Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4 p.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 
Purchase tickets online for $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 
Festive Fanfare - Free Christmas Concert (Sunday) The all-volunteer McKinney Community Band will fill the McKinney Performing Arts Center with the sounds of Christmas. No tickets required. And why not enjoy a lovely dinner on the square following the concert? 4 p.m. Sunday.
King of Nations, The Nativity Concert (Friday)
A concert experience that tells the story of the Nativity of Christ. The concert will take you on a journey of faith, hope, uncertainty and divine love that conquers all. 8-10 p.m. at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. 
Tickets are $50 for VIP and $25 for Regular in advance; $60 and $35 day of the show. Get tickets online or at MPAC's box office. 214-544-4630
The Spirit of Christmas Mayor's Benefit Concert (Sunday) Proceeds from this concert will go to support Samaritan Inn, Boys & Girls Club, Community Lifeline Center and other local initiatives. Attire is formal. Tickets are available at the church weekdays during office hours (8 a.m.- 5 p.m.)  Concert is at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church McKinney, 1615 W. Louisiana.
(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. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, 972-562-5566​.
Cadillac Pizza Pub: Open Mic Night (Thur.); Pat Boyack (Fri.); Wanda King (Sat.)
Cafe Malaga: Live Music (Fri./Sat.)
The Celt Irish Pub: Innisfall (Thur.); The Selkie Girls (shown, Fri.); Jed Marum & Michael William Harrison (Sat.); Innisfall,10 a.m., Times Irish Music Session, 3 p.m.  (Sun.)
Hank's Texas Grill: Austin Meade & Cody Bryan Band (Thur.); Brandon Jenkins (Fri.); Sam Rigs (Sat.)
Landon Winery: Live Music (Fri.-Sat.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars: Aaron Burton (Thur.); Crystal & Will Yates (Fri.); Steve Rose (Sat.); 
Louisiana St. Grill: Live Music (Thur.-Sun.)
Mitas Hill Vineyard & Winery: Wyatt Diamant (Thur.); Brian Bertrand (Fri.); Tony Bakly (Sat.)
The Lounge at Rick's: Jim Stewart (Thur.); 4-Way Street Band (Fri.);  Buzz Andrews (Sat.)
Zin Zen Wine Bistro:  Guitar Sanctuary Showcase (Thur.); Shane Frame (Fri.); Eric Erickson (Sat.)
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.​ 
(All the December activities currently we've found in McKinney,
Updated Dec. 1, 2015)

VIP Santa Photos (thru Dec. 23) These by appointment only photos are offered by Juan Carlos. Call 972-837-5681 to make an appointment.

Latin Dancing: Bien Salsa, 9 p.m.-midnight. 119 W. Virginia.

Breakfast with Santa: Visit with Santa while eating pancakes. Pre-registration required. 9:30-11 a.m. at the McKinney Community Center, 2001 S. Central Expwy.  $10 for residents, $15 non-residents.

Franconia Brewery Tour & Tastings: $5. 11 a.m.-1 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.

Holiday Bazaar: 7605 Virginia Parkway. Sunday, December 6th, 2-6pm! Come get all your Holiday shopping done inside one place!
New merchandise & Christmas ornaments!
MCVB Visitors Center, 
200 W. Virginia