Fairs, performances and other McKinney Christmas events taking place this holiday season

Fairs, performances and other Christmas events are taking place in McKinney this holiday season.
Fairs, performances and other Christmas events are taking place in McKinney this holiday season.

Fairs, performances and other Christmas events are taking place in McKinney this holiday season.

‘Tis the season to celebrate cooler weather, enjoy holiday breaks and spend time with family. The McKinney area has plenty of events and activities to explore this winter. This list is noncomprehensive.




Nov. 9


Peruse a holiday craft fair

Browse through wares from a variety of vendors, including many McKinney Senior Recreation Center Members, who will be selling handcrafted items.

Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

McKinney Senior Recreation Center

1400 S. College St., McKinney

972-547-7494

www.mckinneytexas.org

Nov. 22-24

Vintage Market Days returns to McKinney


This upscale market will feature more than 100 hand-selected vendors from Texas and across the U.S.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. $11 (Fri.), $6 (Sat.), $6 (Sun.).

Myers Park & Event Center

7117 CR 166, McKinney.

918-688-0142

www.vintagemarketdays.com

Nov. 29

Attend a tree lighting and entertainment


At the city’s annual tree lighting, guests can enjoy live entertainment by Ricki Derek and the Ho, Ho, Ho Orchestra.

Free. Tree lighting starts at 6:15 p.m.

Historic Downtown McKinney

111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney.

972-547-2660

www.mckinneytexas.org/1875/tree-lighting

Nov. 29-Dec. 1

Celebrate the holidays the McKinney way


McKinney celebrates Christmas with family, activities, food and entertainment. The festivities kick off with the tree-lighting ceremony and continue with live music, ice skating, visits with Santa, arts and crafts, a Ferris wheel, a carousel and a petting zoo.

Free. Fri.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.

Historic Downtown McKinney

111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney

972-547-2660

www.mckinneytexas.org/677/home-for-the-holidays

Nov. 30

Kick off the holidays with a 5K


The Believe! McKinney 5K, 10K and 1-mile fun run will have chipped runs and an opportunity for children to chase Santa.

$30 (5K registration on or before Nov. 24), $35 (5K registration after Nov. 24).

8 a.m.-noon.

Mitchell Park

300 W.Lousiana St., McKinney

972-984-8594

www.playtri.com/all-races/believe-mckinney-5k-10k-1mile-fun-run

Nov. 29-Dec. 14

Witness a ‘Christmas Carol


The McKinney Repertory Theatre is presenting their production of “The Christmas Carol.” The one-hour annual performance will tell the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his lessons from the ghosts of the past, present and future.

Free (ages 3 and under), $8 (ages 4-12),

$10 (seniors, students 13 and older),

$13 (adults, nonstudents 18 and older).

2 p.m., 5 p.m. (general admission Nov. 29-30, Dec. 14),

3 p.m. (general admission Dec. 1),

7:30 p.m. (general admission Dec. 13)

McKinney Performing Arts Center, Courtroom Theater

111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney

14-544-4630

https://tickets.mckinneyperformingartscenter.org

Dec. 5-24

Experience the wonder


The Apex Centre presents its “Wonder” event with a 50-foot-tall Christmas tree, Santa, food trucks, vendor booths and more, operating Thursday-Sunday.

$8 (children), $10 (adults). 6-10 p.m., including Dec. 23-24.

Gabe Nesbitt Community Park,

7001 Eldorado Parkway, McKinney

972-547-2739

www.apexcentre.org/wonder

Dec. 7

Enjoy a free concert from the McKinney Community Band


The McKinney Community Band will celebrate all things Christmas at this annual concert for all ages.

Free. 7-9 p.m.

McKinney North High School

5100 Wilmeth Road, McKinney

214-208-3692

www.mckinneyband.com

Dec. 7-8

McKinney homes invite guests in for the holidays


Explore private residences in McKinney in Historic District of McKinney. The homes will be decorated for Christmas and showcased for the community. Guests can enjoy brunch or tea in the Bevel House and Christmas activities at Chestnut Square.

$25. Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,

Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Heritage Village at Chestnut Square

315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney

972-562-8790

www.chestnutsquare.org

Dec. 13-14

See holiday lights and decor with dinosaurs


Guests can gaze at lights and decorations as they walk a half-mile nature trail at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary.

Photo opportunities with Father Christmas and Mother Nature will also be available.

$6 (ages 3-12), $9 (ages 13 and up). 6:30-9 p.m

Heard Museum

1 Nature Place, McKinney

972-562-5566

www.heardmuseum.org/holidays

Dec. 14

McKinney Rotary parade of Lights See a parade to ring in the season


The McKinney Rotary Club presents its Parade of Lights, featuring dozens of floats, antique cars and performing groups.

Free. 6:30-9 p.m.

Downtown McKinney Square

111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney

www.mckinneyparadeoflights.com

Dec. 21

Raise funds for a local nonprofit at a concert


Enjoy a performance from Texas Mosaix, a professional Christian musical organization. Mosaix will perform tunes by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Michael E. Smith and Motown Christmas as well as songs by Sidewalk Prophets and MercyMe. Ticket prices will be donated to Direction61:3 ministries.

7-9:30 p.m. $35.

Sperry Performance Hall at the MHS Performing Arts Center

1400 Wilson Creek Parkway, McKinney

214-544-9055

www.direction613.org/events/christmas/

Photos with Santa:

Nov. 29-Dec. 1

Home for the Holidays


McKinney Main Street has Santa make stops in McKinney to hear what children want for Christmas. No reservations are required. Times vary.

Price: Free.

Address: 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney

972-547-2660

www.mckinneytexas.org/1872/photos-with-santa

Dec. 5-21

Santa on the Square in Historic Downtown McKinney


Volunteer McKinney’s Santa on the Square returns Dec. 5-21 with time slots available Thursday through Sunday.

Times: Thu.-Fri. 3-7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m., closed Monday.

Price: $29.99-$39.99

Address: 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney

www.santaonthesquaremckinney.org

Dec. 13-14

Father Christmas at the Heard


Children can take photos with Mother Nature and Father Christmas at the Heard Museum.

Time: 6:30-9 p.m.

Price: Free (kids 2 and younger), $6 (children 3-12), $9 (attendees 13 and older, seniors).

Address: 1 Nature Place, McKinney

972-562-5566.

www.heardmuseum.org/holidays
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By Miranda Jaimes

Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. Now she's in Tarrant County, mostly, and has been an Impacter since 2017 as the editor of the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition.


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