Above: Holidays at the Heard
(Thru Dec. 24): 
McKinney Main Street offers gift guides for all those on your shopping list with places on the downtown square to find everything. Click the image at right or the underlined title of this paragraph for the gift guide.
Do you need to finish some last-minute holiday shopping? Or just getting started? Don’t miss Third Monday Trade Days, Santa’s favorite place to shop for things you can’t find anywhere else. Discover a great gift for everyone on your list at the 750 indoor and outdoor booths. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free; parking is $5 before 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 4561 W. University/380 just two miles west of Central Expressway.

Events at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary,
1 Nature Place, 972-562-5566

(Friday-Saturday) Bundle up and experience Holidays at the Heard, the most unique holiday event in North Texas. Holidays at the Heard brings the beauty of the holiday season into nature. Guests will see lights and holiday décor along a half mile Heard nature trail. Hot beverages and treats will be available for purchase. Family-friendly entertainment will complement the holiday atmosphere. 6:30-9 p.m. Tickets available at the door - $9 for adults & seniors, $5 for kids 3-12, children 2 and under free. (Tickets purchased for last weekend's Holidays event that was cancelled will be honored this weekend.)

Dinosaurs Live! (Shown)
(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.

Winter Tree Identification and Ecology of the Heard (Saturday): Tour led by David Powell, Blackland Prairie Master Naturalist Participants in this tour will explore the more unknown areas of the Heard’s wildlife sanctuary and see some unusually large trees in the lowland areas. Occasional sightings of wildlife of the area may occur as well. 9:30-10:30 a.m. 
Basic Wire Wrap Bracelet (Friday)
Learn the technique for making basic wire loops and basic wire wrapped stones, then wear your finished piece home. Class at Art on the Veranda, 105 W. Louisiana from 1-3 p.m. Class fee of $95 includes supplies. Call 469-406-7704 to reserve your spot in the class.
(Thru Dec. 30) Explore a vintage showcase of artifacts from Christmases past. For a list of exhibits, visit the CCHS website. Also, kids can drop letters to Santa in the North Pole Express delivery box at this historic post office. 300 E. Virginia. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Cadillac Pizza Pub: Open Mic Night (Thur.); The After 5 Band (Fri.); The Rumble Kings (Sat.)
Cafe Malaga: Live Music (Fri./Sat.)
The Celt Irish Pub: String Theory (Thur.); Rick Harris and Silverado (Fri.); Buzz Andrews (Sat.); Innisfall,10 a.m., Times Irish Music Session, 3 p.m.  (Sun.)
Hank's Texas Grill: Kerri Lick (Thur.); Chuck Ligon with special guest Crystal Yates (Fri.); William Clark Green with Tyler Rogers Band opening (Sat.)
Landon Winery: Live Music (Fri.-Sat.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars: Steve Rose (Thur./Fri.); Nelson Miller (Sat.); Suburban Jazztet (Sun.)
Louisiana St. Grill: Live Music (Thur.-Sun.)
Mitas Hill Vineyard & Winery: Wyatt Diamant (Thur.); Brian Bertrand (Fri.); Lou Harlas and Kelly Durbin in The Reserve, Ian Dickson in Wine Bar (Sat.)
The Lounge at Rick's: Ed McMahon (Thur.); Joey Love Band (Fri.); John Griffin (Sat.)
Zin Zen Wine Bistro:  Zack King Band (shown, Thur.); Reigning Nickels (Fri.); Tony D Bakly(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.​ 

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

The Vietnam Syndrome Exhibit (Reopened): Step back in time to learn about an turbulent era in American history. Admission to this exhibit is free the month of December at the Collin County Historical Society Museum, 300 E. Virginia. 11 a.m.-4 p.m . Tuesday-Saturday.

Butcher & Barley at Tupps: Enjoy home cooking with a gourmet touch and six beers on tap, 4-9 p.m. Tupps Brewery, 721 Anderson at the Cotton Mill. 

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

Franconia Brewery Tour & Tastings: $5. Bring the kids, for pictures with Santa. 11 a.m.-1:30 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.
New merchandise & Christmas ornaments! If shopping online, visit
MCVB Visitors Center, 
200 W. Virginia