McKinney Main Street celebrates the beginning of the holiday season over Thanksgiving weekend with the long-standing annual tradition Dickens of a Christmas…Home for the Holidays. The thirty-second year of this free event begins Friday, Nov. 23 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 25. Historic downtown will transform into a winter wonderland of shopping, entertainment, activities and food. 

The official tree-lighting ceremony will be held Friday, Nov. 23 at 6:15 p.m. in Mitchell Park just west of downtown. City officials will light the living Christmas tree, and The Poor Kings will entertain with Christmas favorites.

Dickens of a Christmas is free and open to the public. Throughout the weekend, visitors to Historic Downtown McKinney can enjoy strolling carolers, visits with Santa, live entertainment, carriage rides, children’s activities, and holiday shopping and dining at the more than 100 shops and restaurants downtown. For a complete listing of scheduled events and activities, or to find a parking map in free lots, call McKinney Main Street at 972-547-2660 or visit Streets in the downtown area will be blocked off to through traffic to prepare for the event starting late Wednesday evening, Nov. 21.

Event Dates and Times:

  • Friday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 25 from noon – 6 p.m.

Events held in Historic Downtown McKinney are possible due to generous community supporters. Sponsors this year include the City of McKinney, Baylor Medical Center of McKinney, Fiat of McKinney, Independent Bank, Pat Lobb Toyota of McKinney, Medical Center of McKinney, 97.5 KLAK, The Goddard School and Spoons Cafe.



McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., McKinney has a current population of more than 136,000. 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 #2 on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live list. Visit the city’s website at