Here are McKinney events to consider attending in December and January.
Buy a Scholastic book at the community center
A variety of books for children of all ages are on sale at the holiday Scholastic Book Fair. This event is open to the public. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Wednesday), 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Thursday). Free to attend. McKinney Community Center, 2001 S. Central Expressway. 972-547-2690. www.mckinneytexas.org/829/special-events—parks
Learn to draw animals, characters and more
Kindergarten through fifth graders are invited to learn how to draw animals, characters and more at this event. The event is free but registration is required and may be done between Dec. 6-13. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. John and Judy Gay Public Library, 6861 W. Eldorado Parkway. 972-547-7323. https://mckinneypubliclibrary.ticketleap.com
Attend Fan Fest at Tupps
To kick off the NCAA Division II football championship game taking place Dec. 15 in McKinney, a festival will take place at Tupps Brewery. The Fan Fest event includes food, drinks, live music, local vendors and a pep rally. The two schools competing in the football game will also compete in a battle of the bands. 6-8 p.m. Free (attendance). Tupps Brewery, 721 Anderson St. www.d2mckinney.com
Gaze at holiday lights with dinosaurs on half-mile trail
Guests enjoy lights and holiday decor as they walk a half-mile trail around the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. Live music and photos with Mother Nature and Santa Claus will also be available. 6:30-9 p.m. Free (children age 2 and younger), $5-$6 (children ages 3-12), $8-$9 (attendees ages 13 and older, seniors). Heard Museum, 1 Nature Place. 972-562-5566. www.heardmuseum.org/holidays
Watch an NCAA game
The NCAA Division II football championship game will be held in McKinney. Guests may bring a small clutch, diaper bag when with a young child, clear tote or plastic storage bag into the stadium. 3 p.m. $20-$25. MISD Stadium, 4201 S. Hardin Blvd. www.ncaa.com/tickets
Participate in a dance party at the Apex Centre
The dance party features several different formats of group exercise, including hip-hop, Zumba and cardio dance and Werq, which is a pop and hip-hop class. Raffle prizes will be given out throughout the night. Children age 9 and older are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian. Guests must register by Dec. 11. 7-10 p.m. $10 (members), $14 (nonmembers). Apex Centre, 3003 Alma Road. 972-547-2739. www.mckinneytexas.org/1315/apex-centre
Listen to Christmas music
This concert features music performed by Maylee Thomas, Andy Timmons and George Fuller. 7-8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Free (general seating, registration required), $100 (VIP table). The Sanctuary Music and Events Center, 6633 Virginia Parkway. www.thesanctuarymckinney.com
Dec. 27-28, Jan. 3
Participate in a mini-camp
Mini-camps include ‘Finding T. Rex,’ ‘Fur and Footprints’ and ‘Observation Nature.’ 9:30 a.m.-noon (Dec. 27-28), 1-3:30 p.m. (Jan. 3). $18 (members, per camp), $22 (nonmembers, per camp). Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place. www.heardmuseum.org/winter-mini
Places to celebrate New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31-Jan. 1
- The Yard—McKinney
107 S. Church St.
11 a.m. Dec. 31-1 a.m. Jan. 1
- Cadillac Pizza Pub
112 S. Kentucky St.
9 p.m. Dec. 31-12:30 a.m. Jan. 1
- The Celt Irish Pub
100 N. Tennessee St.
4-6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 31-2 a.m. Jan. 1
- Hank’s Texas Grill
1310 N. Central Expressway
9 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31