Happy Thanksgiving 2017


From our family to yours, have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Our prayer is that you are able to share this special time with your family and reflect on God’s great blessings.

We associate Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims who made their way to America following persecution from the Church of England. Their initial time in America was harsh, half of the settlers died. But, the Pilgrims were blessed by Indians who helped them, and they eventually reaped a bountiful harvest. Having reason to celebrate, the governor of Plymouth Colony called for a three day festival that included ninety Indians. The feast included giving thanks to God and became the first Thanksgiving celebration in America.

Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally since 1789, after a proclamation by George Washington and it became a federal holiday in 1863, when Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”

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Christmas Tree lighting on Friday at Home for the Holidays … A McKinney Christmas

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Bring the family downtown to take your annual Christmas photos in front of the historic courthouse and the big Christmas tree this weekend.

Home for the Holidays … A McKinney Christmas
Thanksgiving weekend marks the 37th year for this hometown Christmas celebration. Visit the 14-block area of McKinney’s 165-year-old commercial historic downtown for family 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.

What does it cost to go to McKinney Home for the Holidays?
Admission is free and open to the public.

Parking and Transportation for McKinney Home for the Holidays<
Be patient. Look for 12 public parking lots that surround the Historic Downtown McKinney Square.

McKinney Home for the Holidays Dates & Times

Friday, November 24 – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

City of McKinney Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:15 p.m. on Friday on the old courthouse MPAC Lawn on the Kentucky Street side.
Saturday, November 25 – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 26 – Noon – 5 p.m.

Weather forecast – No rain, sleet or hail. Sunny days, cool nights

Directions to McKinney, Texas, Home for the Holidays

From U.S. Highway 75 take Exit 40-A
Travel East on Louisiana Street approximately 1.2 miles

What to Expect at McKinney, Texas, Home for the Holidays

A fun, family-friendly event
Traditional live Christmas music
Food and festivities

Dancing
Children’s activities
Costumed characters

Visits with Santa
Children’s arts and crafts
Petting zoo

A unique shopping experience
A Ferris wheel and carousel
And much more

and don’t forget to meet friends for breakfast, lunch or dinner

Christmas Tree Lighting

On Friday, November 24, watch faces light up at 6:15 p.m. when the city lights a 34-foot Blue Spruce Christmas tree that will adorn the city’s square. The tree is funded by First United Bank, Texas Oncology and the contributions from families and businesses during the McKinney Christmas Tree – A Gift to the Community fund-raising campaign. The first 100 donors who contribute a minimum of $50 will receive a commemorative keepsake ornament.

The tree will serve as a beautiful backdrop for holiday photos and be a sight for the entire family to enjoy. Following the tree lighting, visitors can enjoy live entertainment by Emerald City Band.

PHOTOS WITH SANTA

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