McKINNEY, Texas – The McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Historic Downtown McKinney’s entertainment venue, has a full winter lineup of concerts and shows. From jazz and elegant ballads to 50’s era tunes, the MPAC stage will be swinging this holiday season.

Friday Night Flicks: Gremlins, 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 The movie tells the tale of a gadget salesman looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the "mogwai", but sells it to him with strange warnings. Never expose him to bright light, do not put him in water or feed him after midnight. What happens as a result of ignoring all of the warnings is something this small town will never forget and marks a Christmas Eve as a not so silent night. Concession and cash bar is available courtesy of Mom and POPcorn and Square Burger. Tickets are general admission, $8 per person.

Christmas Joy: Erica Lane, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 Popular vocalist Erica Lane will dazzle in the holiday concert "Christmas Joy," featuring exciting jazz tunes, elegant ballads and seasonal arrangements. Special guests include Le Sorelle and Shoshana Renee. Tickets: $18 adults; $15 seniors 65+; $11 children 4 to 12.

Winter Dance Party: Tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 John Mueller's "Winter Dance Party" is the number one tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Each live concert performance includes more than two hours of unbridled, high voltage entertainment featuring all the hit songs of the 50's era: That'll Be the Day, Peggy Sue, Oh, Boy, Rave on, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, and many more. Tickets: $35

“We’re excited to host so many amazing and diverse artists to help us celebrate the holiday season,” said Amy Rosenthal, Director of MPAC and McKinney Main Street. “There is a something for everyone to enjoy and the downtown square is the perfect location to grab a bite to eat or shop before the show. Make a whole evening out of it.”

For more information on these events, please visit www.downtownmckinney.com or call 972-547-2660. Programming at MPAC is made possible through support from McKinney Community Development Corporation and Emerson Process Management Regulator Technologies Inc.