Festival at a Glance

Home for the Holidays...A McKinney Christmas 

Thanksgiving weekend marks the 39th 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.


Admission is free and open to the public.

Parking / Transportation
There are 12 public parking lots that surround Downtown McKinney. View a parking map.

Complimentary shuttle service is offered during the event. Festival goers can park off-site at First McKinney Baptist Church, 1615 W. Louisiana St., and enjoy round trip transportation. Shuttles depart every 15 minutes.

  • Friday - 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. 
  • Saturday - 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Dates & Times

  • Friday, November 29 - 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • City of McKinney Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:15 p.m. on Friday on MPAC Lawn on the Kentucky Street side.
  • Saturday, November 30 - 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.  
  • Sunday, December 1 - Noon - 5 p.m.


  • From U.S. Highway 75 take Exit 40-A
  • Travel East on Louisiana Street approximately 1.2 miles

What to Expect

  • A fun, family-friendly event
  • Traditional live Christmas music
  • Food and festivities
  • Real snow hill
  • Children’s activities
  • Costumed characters
  • Visits with Santa
  • Children's arts and crafts
  • Petting zoo
  • A unique shopping experience
  • A Ferris wheel and carousel
  • And much more