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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Downtown McKinney hosts reimagined holiday events with safety in mind

Annual Home for the Holidays event over Thanksgiving weekend has been replaced this year with weeks-long celebration


McKINNEY, Texas (Nov. 13, 2020) – This year, visitors to Historic Downtown McKinney can celebrate the holiday season as McKinney Main Street hosts activities and traditions for the entire family that have been reimagined with safety in mind.


“In an effort to keep our shoppers, visitors, vendors and ultimately our community healthy and reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus, we made the difficult decision to cancel the annual Home for the Holidays event,” said McKinney Main Street Director Amy Rosenthal. “But this has given us the opportunity to reimagine the holidays in downtown that follow safety precautions and comply with the Governor’s guidelines, and we look forward to celebrating in a new way starting Thanksgiving weekend through Christmas.”


Families can enjoy a holiday carousel Thursdays through Sundays beginning Nov. 27 that will operate at a reduced capacity and be sanitized between riders.


Santa Claus will visit Historic Downtown McKinney on Saturdays beginning Nov. 28 and offer socially-distanced outdoor photo opportunities and letter-writing stations. The McKinney Public Libraries will also host holiday-themed story times from 10 - 11 a.m. each Saturday and serve snacks and hot cocoa. In order to maintain social-distancing, please register in advance on the city’s website for the holiday story times.


On Nov. 29 from noon to 5 p.m., visitors can stroll through the open-air Yuletide Market and shop unique local artist booths for handcrafted gifts for everyone on your shopping list. 

Several beautiful outdoor photo opportunities will be available for families to visit and snap their own photos, including a Nordic Winter Spot and a Christmas Tree Lot.


“The biggest attraction is the 120 business within the Historic Downtown Cultural District that offer something for everyone. Supporting locally owned businesses is critical – especially as we continue to navigate Covid-19. Many of our stores and restaurants continue to offer curbside pick-up and delivery,” said Rosenthal.


In lieu of the annual tree-lighting ceremony that typically kicks off the holiday season, the city will pre-record the tree lighting and share online and through social media on Friday, Nov. 27 for the public to enjoy safely at home.


“We know people look forward to these events each year, and we have put a lot of effort into finding the best path forward to still celebrate and offer a chance to make special memories while being safe and responsible. We hope you will join us as we celebrate and end 2020 on a high note,” said Rosenthal.


Several more holiday events and activities are planned. For a complete list, including dates, times and costs, please visit www.mckinneychristmas.com. While in downtown, participants and highly encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing.