Home for the Holidays
Friday-Sunday | Historic Downtown McKinney | Free Admission
Visit the 14-block area of McKinney's 165-year-old commercial historic downtown for the 38th annual family festival of activities, food, and entertainment. Enjoy a uniquely McKinney Christmas celebration with neighbors and visitors from near and far. It's an unforgettable experience and a great start to the holiday season. All ages are welcome!

More Events in Downtown McKinney during Home for the Holidays ...

Tree Lighting & Asleep at the Wheel Concert
Friday | Starting at 6:15 p.m. | Free
Faces will light up when the city lights the 34-foot Blue Spruce in the center of the square (6:15-6:30 p.m.). Asleep at the Wheel is bringing a country Christmas spirit to downtown McKinney immediately following the tree lighting.

Believe Run 5K/10K/Fun Run
Saturday | 8-11 a.m. | Mitchell Park
This healthy, competitive, and fun holiday weekend event includes 5k, 10k and 1 mile fun run courses as well a free Santa chase for the kids! All proceeds benefit Holy Family School. Register in advance or at the event. 

McKinney Repertory Theater Presents A Christmas Carol

Friday-Sunday | McKinney Performing Arts Center | $8-13
The one-hour performance (story by Charles Dickens, adapted by Dr. Andrew Harris) is an annual family tradition. Discover this timeless story in a way that only MRT can tell and make this production a part of your holiday season tradition. Two shows Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m. General admission tickets available online. 


AT TUPPS BREWERY (in addition to tours) | 721 Anderson in the Cotton Mill District

Black Friday = Black Beer
Friday | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Don’t even try and mess with shopping on Black Friday. Come out to the brewery and listen to live music, relax, drink a cold one and eat from our food truck! 

Rock 'n Roll Holiday Show

Saturday | 7-10 p.m. | $20
Jon Christopher Davis, Maylee Thomas and Mayor George Fuller and their bands. Craft beer, Smokin’ Chef BBQ, lights show and two killer bands on one stage.

Also at TUPPS Brewery this weekend: 

BoHo Market Saturday | Saturday | 1-6 p.m. 
Support local makers, artists and small business owners while enjoying a great craft beer. 

Dinosaurs 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 always gives families and friends a fun, educational activity to enjoy together, and makes for a fun photo opportunity. 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.The trail is jogging stroller friendly. Note: Dinosaurs cannot be animated when temperatures drop below 35 degrees.  (Photo by Bruce Harrell)

Learn How to Bake French Macarons
Saturday | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Savor at 119 W. Virginia
Attendees will make a batch of French macarons to take home with a recipe card and a Savor tote bag. Call 469-617-7414 or check schedule online.

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.)


Other Events This Weekend


Live Music This Weekend

Thursday-Sunday | Times vary | Multiple locations in McKinney

  • Cadillac Pizza Pub: Buzz Andrews (Fri.); Chant Duplantier (Sat.)
  • The Celt Irish Pub: The Tom Loris Conspiracy (Fri.); Justin Pickard & The Thunderbird Winos (Sat.); Harps Accord 1:30 p.m. and Irish Music Session at 3 p.m. (Sun.)
  • Éclair Bistro: Cafe Society (Fri.); Chaz Marie Band (Sat.)
  • E.J. Wills Gastropub: Chelsea Pilgrim (Fri.)
  • Hank's Texas Grill: Kyle Park (Fri.); Rick Trevino (Sat.)
  • Harvest Seasonal Kitchen: Mick Tinsley (Fri.); Wyatt Martin (Sat.)
  • Landon Winery: Shane Frame (Fri.); Wyatt Martin (Sat.)
  • Lone Star Wine Cellars: Dave Eagleston at 4 p.m., and Whiskey Holler at 8 p.m. (Fri.); Michael and Ashley at noon, Harber Row at 4 p.m., and
    Steve Douthit at 8 p.m. (Sat.); Sarah Copus (Sun.)
  • Rick's Chophouse: Razzmatazz Band (Fri.); Buzz Andrews (Sat.)
  • TUPPS Brewery: Matthew Key at 1 p.m. and Troy Stand at 7 p.m.; 
    Jon Christopher Davis & Maylee Thomas Band (see separate listing above, Sat.)
  • Zin Zen Wine Bistro: The 3 Amigos (Fri.); Luqman Rashada (Sat.) 


Concert at The Sanctuary Music & Events, 6633 Virginia:
Phoebe Hunt and Dominick Leslie in Concert | Friday | 8 p.m.
The Guitar Sanctuary presents Phoebe Hunt & Dominick Leslie with special guests Acoustically Speaking featuring James Gabriano & Alex Kennedy. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is from $10 for standing room only in the balcony, $20 for downstairs seating, and $100 per table for four; get tickets online. Bar and food service available.

Chaz Marie


Whiskey Holler


Maylee, Jon & Their Bands


Phoebe Hunt & Dominick Leslie