Enjoy live music and attend Home for the Holidays: Things to do in McKinney in November-December


Here are McKinney events to consider attending in November and December.

Nov. 9
Learn CPR with MFD during halftime

The McKinney Fire Department and McKinney ISD have partnered to offer a CPR class. The class will take place during halftime of the McKinney High School versus McKinney Boyd High School football game. 7 p.m. (game starts, class held at halftime). Free (plus cost of ticket to enter stadium). McKinney ISD Stadium, 2500 McKinney Ranch Parkway. www.mckinneytexas.org

Nov. 9
Listen to live music on the McKinney Community Center’s patio, pavilion

The E-Flat Porch Band, a Texas-based acoustic folk and blues group, will perform at the community center’s outdoor pavilion and patio. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. 7-9 p.m. Free. McKinney Community Center, 2001 S. Central Expressway. 972-547-2690. www.mckinneytexas.org

Nov. 10-17
Veterans Day events take place across McKinney

• Nov. 10: Veterans Day Tribute at Veterans Memorial Park, 11 a.m. www.mckinneytexas.org

• Nov. 11: Fundraiser for Hope for the Warriors at E.J. Wills Gastropub, 5-9 p.m.

• Nov. 11: Sundown Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park, 5:26 p.m. www.mckinneytexas.org

• Nov 11-17: U.S. Armed Forces exhibit and events at Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library, 1-6 p.m. www.mckinneytexas.org

Nov. 11
Veronica Swift and Texas Instruments Jazz Band perform at MPAC

Jazz artist Veronica Swift performs with the Texas Instruments Jazz Band and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Jazz Orchestra. 6:30-8 p.m. $20 (student), $22 (senior), $25 (adult). McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St. 214-544-4630. www.enerjazz.com/jazz/schedule.html

Nov. 16-18
Vintage Market Days returns in November

This holiday event includes more than 100 vendors ranging from vintage finds and antiques to clothing, home decor, food and more. $5 (Sat.-Sun.), $10 (Fri.-Sun.). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.),
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.). Myers Park & Event Center, 7117 CR 166.

Nov. 17
Pack Thanksgiving meals for local families

At the 10th annual Thanksgiving Blessing Boxes event attendees will pack and deliver Thanksgiving meals to local families. This year Citychurch expects to pack nearly 300 boxes. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Old Settler’s Park Recreation Center, 1201 E. Louisiana St. www.citychurchmckinney.com/thanksgiving

Nov. 17
Harvest festival includes Thanksgiving dinner

The 73rd annual Harvest Festival, hosted by the Chambersville United Methodist Church, includes a Thanksgiving dinner and live auction. $5 (children age 12 and younger), $10 (adult). 5-9 p.m. Chambersville UMC, 6869 CR 206. 972-562-2640. www.chambersvilleumc.org

Nov. 23-25
Enjoy a tree lighting at Home for the Holidays

Attendees will encounter traveling carolers, a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, visits with Santa Claus and more. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), noon-5 p.m. (Sun.). Free. Downtown McKinney.
972-547-2660. www.mckinneytexas.org/677/home-for-the-holidays

Nov. 28
Attend Stronger than Espresso Sip and Shop

Shoppers can purchase handcrafted items, enjoy networking and participate in raffle prizes. Proceeds benefit Stronger than Espresso, a nonprofit that educates and helps survivors of domestic violence. 5-9 p.m. Free. Eldorado Country Club, 2604 Country Club Drive. www.strongerthanespresso.com

Nov. 30-Dec. 22
Take photos with Santa Claus in Downtown McKinney

Volunteer McKinney’s Santa on the Square returns with time slots available Friday through Sunday. Those with a reservation can spend one-on-one time with Santa. 3-7 p.m. (Fri.), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), noon-5 p.m. (Sun.). $29.99-$39.99. Downtown McKinney.

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Cassidy Ritter
Cassidy graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and a double minor in business and global studies. She has worked as a reporter and editor for publications in Kansas, Colorado and Australia. She was hired as senior reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition in August 2016. Less than a year later, she took the role of editor for the McKinney edition.
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