Above: Santa's Tiny House Workshop on the Downtown Square
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. Only a couple appointment slots remain.
At the McKinney Performing
Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee 

Jazz Up Your Holidays (Thursday)
Join TheJazzMark Trio for another Holiday Jazz Concert with Jazz renditions of your Holiday favorites including the ever popular jazz from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" television special. Mark has created arrangements of Holiday favorites that are paired seamlessly with well-known jazz standards in ways that show the similarities of rhythms, harmonies and melodies. 7-8 p.m. $12 adults; $8 students. In MPAC's Nobel Hall.
Dickens' tale relates Ebenezer Scrooge's eerie encounters with a series of ghostly visitors. Journeying with them through Christmases past, present, and future, he is changed from an arrogant and insensitive miser to a generous, warmhearted, and caring human being. Friday, 7:30-9 p.m.; Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m. and 5-6:30 p.m. $11 adults, $8 students & seniors, $6 kids.
As We See It:A Multi-Media Group Show (Friday-Sunday)
Photography, print-making, drawing, painting, and multi-media works exhibited by area artists. At The Cove, 402 N. Tennessee, a
 cooperative venue that encourages creatives to congregate, communicate, collaborate, exhibit, and perform.  Friday, 6-9 p.m., Opening Reception; 
Saturday, 6-9 p.m., Sips and Bites; Sunday,  2-4 p.m.
Finish getting everything checked off your gift shopping list with an unusual find - unique gifts, delightful home decor, trendy clothing and accessories, sporting goods, antiques and collectibles, dogs, and specialty items along with many fantastic "state fair" type food concessions. Free admission; parking is $5 on Saturday and Sunday before 3 p.m. 4550 W. University. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.​​​​​​​
Tired of the same old stew? Want to learn how to make bone broth? Well...Let's Cook Pozole! Chef John Lazono, formally from Harvest & Ricks Chophouse, will be teaching you how. $49. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Kitchenwares on the Square, 213 E. Louisiana. 
Exhibits/talks included in admission. 

(shown, Friday- 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.

Third Saturday Nature Talk: Winter Tree Walk (Saturday)
Learn about some of the ways you can identify plants without their foliage. Open to the public and are free with paid general admission or Heard Museum Membership. Many of these programs will have an outside component. Please dress appropriately. Preregistration required.
Cadillac Pizza Pub: Open Mic night (Thur.); Pat Boyack (Fri.); Maylee Thomas Band (shown, Sat.)
The Celt Irish Pub: Michael William Harrison (Thur.); Jeffery Phillips, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Go Solo, 8-11 p.m. (Fri.); String Theory, 6-7:30 p.m.; 5 Second Rule, 8-11 p.m. (Sat.); Sarah Copus at 10:30 a.m., Times Irish Music Session at 3 p.m., Songs & Earhart at 6:30 p.m.(Sun.)
Hank's Texas Grill: Kyle James Dunlap's Christmas Bash (Thur.); Roger Creager (Fri.); Cody Canada & The Departed (Sat.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars: Robin Lore (Thur.); Steve Rose (Fri.); Nelson Miller (Sat.); Suburban Jazztet (Sun.)
The Lounge at Rick's: Live Music (Thur.-Sun.)
TUPPS Brewery: Kirk Thurmond (Sat.)
Zin Zen Wine Bistro:  Zack King Band (Thur.); Nick and the Nighthawks (Fri.); Eric Erickson (Sat.)
Also check our calendar at VisitMcKinney.com 
or call the MCVB at 214-544-1407 
or toll-free at 888-649-8499.​ 
Last Minute Gift Ideas
in McKinney
Our blog entry this week offers ideas on last minute unique gift items you won't find at the big box stores or even online!

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.

Winter Farmers Market: Just in time for the holidays, Chestnut Square offers a wide variety of wares at its Winter Farmers Market. 315 S. Chestnut, 8 a.m.-noon.

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. Whiskey Routes (Friday) No cover charge. 7-10 p.m.; Arete Gourmet Sliders Food Truck, 12:30-4 p.m.. Music by Kirk Thurmond (1-4 p.m.)

Sparkle and Spur Square Dance Fundraiser: 7-10 p.m. Lessons begin at 7:30 p.m. $20 per person and $50 per family; tickets available at the door. Proceeds go to “My Father’s House” in Guatemala. More than eight different craft beers on tap. Participate in the silent auction items and find that perfect gift just in time for Christmas!

At Myers Park & Event Center,
7117 County Road 166

Princeton FFA Livestock Show (Saturday-Sunday) in the show barn. 

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.