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Posted on: November 8, 2021

‘Home for the Holidays’ returns to Downtown McKinney Thanksgiving Weekend

Historic Downtown McKinney will transform into a winter wonderland full of local artisans, specialty items, delicious food, live entertainment, holiday activities and more!


McKINNEY, Texas (Nov. 8, 2021) – Ring in the winter holiday cheer at ‘Home for the Holidays… A McKinney Christmas’ in Downtown McKinney. Experience a small-town feel with a big holiday spirit.  Thanksgiving weekend marks the 41st year for this hometown Christmas celebration founded in 1980. 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.


WHAT:           Home for the Holidays… A McKinney Christmas
WHEN:           Friday, Nov. 26, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 27, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 28, noon to 5 p.m.
WHERE:         Historic Downtown McKinney
ADMISSION: Free
PARKING:      Free parking and complimentary shuttle service available
INFO: www.mckinneychristmas.com 


WHAT’S HAPPENING AT HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Official Tree Lighting Ceremony - Kick off the holiday season at the Tree Lighting Ceremony happening Friday, Nov. 26, 6:15 p.m. on the west side of the Downtown McKinney square. The McKinney Community Christmas Tree is sponsored by First United Bank with support from individuals across the community.


Visits with Santa - Santa will be on the square to hear what the little ones want for Chirstmas. Capture the moment with a photo you will cherish for years to come. No reservation required. Photos taken on a first-come-first-serve basis. 


Live Holiday Entertainment - The McKinney stage is filled with three days of live holiday entertainment including Mosaix playing Friday, Nov. 26 after the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Keep your eyes open for popular Holiday characters strolling throughout Downtown McKinney.  


Family-Friendly Attractions - There isn’t a shortage of family fun at this event. Guests can enjoy a ride on a ferris wheel, carousel, snow hill, Frosty’s train and more. The petting zoo, a rock climbing wall and a candyland area are other popular ‘Home for the Holidays’ attractions. Purchase your ride tickets at one of the ticket booths located on the corners of Tennessee Street/Louisiana Street and Kentucky Street/Virginia Street before waiting in line.


Support Local Businesses - More than 150 locally-owned stores make the premium destination for Black Friday shopping and for supporting local businesses on Small Business Saturday. Take advantage of extended shopping hours during the festival.

Sponsors for ‘Home for the Holidays’ include Sheraton McKinney, McKinney Community Development Corporation, Tong Yang Group, Park Place Lexus, Amazon, McDonald’s of North Texas and Security Screen Masters. 


MEDIA

Event renderings and event photos for media can be downloaded here: Home for the Holidays Photos

For Social Media: 

  • Facebook and Instagram: @DowntownMcKinney 
  • Twitter: @DTownMcKinney
  • Event hashtag: #McKinneyHomefortheHolidays