The McKinney Main Street and McKinney Performing Arts Center thank you for your continued support; we look forward to seeing you in Historic Downtown this holiday season! Tis the season, let’s be jolly!

The following is a list of events in Historic Downtown McKinney through Dec. 21:

Tuesday Tidings – Downtown Shopping Rewards Program

  • Tuesday, Dec. 17

Shop Downtown McKinney on Tuesday, Dec. 17 and bring in your receipt totaling at least $75 (pre-tax) from any ONE downtown business to receive a $10 gift card to a downtown restaurant. Purchase must be made on the same day. Limit one per customer, gift card will be chosen at random. Redeem at McKinney Performing Arts center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. More information.

Visits with Santa

  • Friday, Dec. 13
  • Friday, Dec. 20

Friday from noon to 1 p.m. in Downtown McKinney. For more information call 972-547-2650.

McKinney Repertory Theatre Presents "A Christmas Carol"

Additional performances have been added for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. More information available soon.

Bring your entire family to enjoy MRT's production of Dickens' timeless story. This adaptation of the enduring classic places special emphasis on the ghostly apparitions in the spirit of Dickens' original text, and is full of Victorian song accompanied by music on the vintage theatre pipe organ. For more information and ticket information, please visit McKinney Repertory Theatre.

Wrap it Up!

  • Friday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 21, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Gift wrapping services at the McKinney Performing Arts Center for gifts purchased in Downtown McKinney. Free; Donations are encouraged. Receipt must be presented. For more information please visit the MPAC website or call 972-547-2650.

Youth Ballet of Texas' Krakatuk: A Nutcracker Prequel

  • Friday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

This ballet prequel by Youth Ballet of Texas begins on Christmas Eve with a bedtime story patiently told by Old Drosselmeier to his goddaughter, Marie. The story includes an evil mouse queen, a king, queen, princess, sausages, nursemaids, cats, a very hard nut to crack and a boy who is able to crack it. A must see for the holiday season. For ticket information visit the MPAC website or call 214-544-4630.

Cocoa & Carols with Children's Chorus of Collin County

  • Saturday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m.

Come and join the Children's Chorus of Collin County with hot chocolate and carols. For more information call 972-547-2650.

'DecemberSong' Turtle Creek Chorale

  • Saturday, Dec. 14, 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Experience the magic of the season with the Turtle Creek Chorale as we share memories and music in this heartwarming holiday tradition. 'DecemberSong' will feature the season’s most beautiful holiday music coupled with humorous moments to make you smile. Of course, there will be moments of reflection too.Feel free to dance when the men perform “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Laugh hysterically during “Nutcracker Jingles” and bring a tissue for “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”. Please join Turtle Creek Chorale as they share this cherished holiday favorite with you. For ticket information visit the MPAC website or call 214-544-4630.


14th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights

  • Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

The McKinney Rotary Club is pleased to present to you the 14th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights, "Twelve Days of Christmas". Come out and see all of the beautifully decorated and lighted floats as we kick off the festive Christmas Season. For more information please visit the McKinney Christmas Parade of Lights website.

Second Saturdays – December

  • Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

The Community and beyond will enjoy an evening of art, music, food and spirits every second Saturday in Downtown McKinney. Guests can explore local art galleries, listen to great local and regional talent and taste some of the area's best eateries. Many places in Downtown McKinney will keep their doors open from 7 - 10 p.m.  For more information visit the McKinney Main Street website or call 972-547-2650.

Pam Tillis: An Acoustic Trio Christmas

  • Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m.

Celebrate the holidays with country music star Pam Tillis in an intimate acoustic performance filled with songs of the season. A Grammy and CMA award-winning recording artist, Pam Tillis has been a formidable force in country music since her first single hit the charts in 1990. She has 14 Top Five hits, including six No. 1 singles, and has sold more than six million records.

An accomplished songwriter, Tillis' compositions have been recorded by artists as varied as Chaka Khan, Martina McBride, Highway 101, Juice Newton and Conway Twitty. She was one of the first women in Nashville to produce her own album and was awarded the coveted Female Vocalist of the Year by the CMA in 1994. The daughter of country music singer Mel Tillis, she made her Grand Ole Opry debut at an early age and was inducted as a member in 2000. She was the first female country entertainer to appear on Broadway.

Tillis’ most recent album is a series of duets with Lorrie Morgan for “Dos Divas” as part of the duo’s Grits and Glamor tour. Pam Tillis: An Acoustic Christmas is perfect for a date night or an event with the entire family!  For ticket information visit the MPAC website or call 214-544-4630.

The Polar Express

  • Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m.

Film screening with hot chocolate and cookies at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. For ticket information visit the MPAC website or call 214-544-4630.


About McKinney

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population of nearly 141,000. Incorporated in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments. The city ranks No. 2 on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live list for 2012. Visit the city’s website at