Christmas concerts, festivals and more things to do in McKinney this holiday season

two children with Santa
McKinney's annual Home for the Holidays festival will feature Santa, extended shopping hours in historic downtown McKinney and more. (Courtesy city of McKinney)

McKinney's annual Home for the Holidays festival will feature Santa, extended shopping hours in historic downtown McKinney and more. (Courtesy city of McKinney)

Here are five events taking place in McKinney this November and December.

Nov. 20 | Enjoy a Night of Jazz

Billboard’s No. 1 smooth jazz artist Jazmin Ghent will headline “An Evening of Inspirational Jazz” at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. Proceeds will benefit 3e United in McKinney, a faith-based nonprofit, and the Collin County Jazz Collective. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35. 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 469-248-7250. https://tinyurl.com/47v4cs6z

Nov. 23 | Give and Receive

McKinney’s libraries will serve as drop-off locations for the North Texas Food Bank in honor of Thanksgiving. Both the Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library, and the John and Judy Gay Public Library will accept canned goods for the food bank. After donating, families may participate in turkey-themed crafts. 2-5 p.m. Free. 101 E. Hunt St., McKinney (Hall Library) and 6861 Eldorado Parkway, McKinney (Gay Library). www.mckinneytexas.org/calendar


Nov. 26-28 | Get in the Holiday Spirit

Historic Downtown McKinney will host its annual Home for the Holidays festival. Downtown will be transformed into a festive wonderland featuring Santa, local holiday shops with extended shopping hours and children’s activities. While admission is free, there will be a cost for some activities. 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. (Nov. 26-27); noon-5 p.m. (Nov. 28). Main Street, McKinney. 972-547-2660. www.mckinneytexas.org/677/home-for-the-holidays

Dec. 1 | Explore Art History

The Heard-Craig Center for the Arts will host a lecture led by Collin College Professor Clair Robertson, titled Nativity in Renaissance Art. Refreshments will be served. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. 205 W. Hunt St., McKinney. 972-569-6909. https://tinyurl.com/4w62c76y

Dec. 3 | Attend a Concert

The ​McKinney Philharmonic Orchestra presents its fourth annual Christmas Concert at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. Attendees will enjoy familiar Christmas music along with original arrangements from Celtic styles to jazz, pop and more. 7-8:30 p.m. $20 (seniors age 65 and up; students ages 6-22); $25 (adults). 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 972-547-2650. https://tinyurl.com/3h7bz9rp
By Brooklynn Cooper
Brooklynn Cooper covers public education in Frisco and McKinney. Previously, she reported on southern Dallas for The Dallas Morning News. The Durham, N.C. native and devoted Tar Heel fan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019.


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