Share your local events and success stories on Collin County Magazine dot com y’all
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
Visits with Santa
Children’s arts and crafts
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.
Wondering what Molly Ringwald has been up to since her heyday as the reigning redheaded queen of the ’80s, the short answer is jazz.
The McKinney Performing Arts Center will host “An Evening with Molly Ringwald” at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21.
In honor of Ringwald’s concert, residents can relive the glory days of the Brat Pack during a special showing of “The Breakfast Club” during Friday Night Flicks on Friday, March 20 at 8 p.m. at the McKinney Performing Arts Center.
Reserved seating tickets to “An Evening with Molly Ringwald” are $50, with discounts available for seniors, students, children and groups. General admission tickets for Friday Night Flicks are $8. Tickets are available for purchase online, at MPAC, 111 N. Tennessee St. or by calling MPAC’s Emerson Ticket Office at 214-544-4630.
Spend Valentine’s weekend in McKinney’s charming historic downtown
If you are looking for something unique to do this Valentine’s Day, make plans now to fall in love with Historic Downtown McKinney as the city hosts several romantic themed events in honor of the holiday.
The McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) will show classic romantic films in the restored theater of the historic Collin County Courthouse all weekend long.
Choose from “Sleepless in Seattle” on Friday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m., or on Valentine’s Day attend a 2 p.m. matinee of “Casablanca” or “West Side Story” at 8 p.m. A cash bar will be offered at evening movies.
Celebrate before the screenings: Get shot by Cupid’s arrow during a moonlit stroll around the charming historic downtown or pop into a cozy café, savor a meal in a gourmet restaurant or grab a drink at a pub or winery.
General admission movie tickets are $8 and available for purchase online, at MPAC, 111 N. Tennessee St. or by calling MPAC’s Emerson Ticket Office at 214-544-4630.
‘A Neil Diamond Tribute’ rocks the McKinney Performing Arts Center
Don your finest sequined blouse and travel back in time to the heyday of rock and roll with ‘A Neil Diamond Tribute with Keith Allynn’ presented by the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) on Friday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m.
General admission tickets are $22 and available for purchase online, at MPAC, 111 N. Tennessee St., or by calling 214-544-4630.