The 42nd Annual Holiday Tour of Homes will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-6 at Chestnut Square.

Tour hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Each year, an elite group of homes and historic structures are decorated for Christmas and opened for the tour. The proceeds from ticket sales and an annual raffle are a major component to the ongoing operation of Chestnut Square.

In 1973, a group of ladies founded the Heritage Guild of Collin County to preserve McKinney’s history. Early board members decorated and opened their homes for the very first Holiday Tour of Homes, selling tickets to raise money to purchase the Dulaney House and the Dulaney Cottage. Chestnut Square Historic Village is part of the result. Hundreds of gracious residents of the historic district have been opening their homes ever since, supporting the growth, maintenance and programs of the Heritage Guild’s Chestnut Square.

This year, our 42nd anniversary, we're celebrating our mission: "Celebrate Community. Preserve History. Inspire the Future." Select buildings at Chestnut Square, five homes in the McKinney Historic District, plus one in Tucker Hill are available on the tour. A trolley ride to Tucker Hill is available from Chestnut Square.

Also this year, "The Way Things Were: Texas Settlers and Their Buildings, 1860s to 1930s" will be open in the Wilmeth Schoolhouse to ticket holders during the Holiday Tour of Homes. The exhibit is on loan from Humanities Texas, and it closes Sunday at 5 p.m.

We are grateful not just for the vision of the founders and the furtherance of the mission over the years, but owe special thanks to all of our tour hosts, house chairs and volunteers.

A festive holiday tea in the Bevel Reception House, and visit to our Crafters' Guild Holiday Bazaar in the Johnson House will round out your visit! (Tea tickets purchased separately.) Tickets are good for one visit to each house. You may use your tickets over the course of both days if you wish.

For tickets or more information, please click here.

The Heritage Guild of Collin County is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The funds from this event support our programs and facilities. We are honored to have friends like you who share our vision to Celebrate Community, Preserve History and Inspire the Future.

 

About Chestnut Square Historic Village

Chestnut Square Historic Village is a collection of six historic homes, chapel and store, a visitors center and a replica one-room school house, on 2.5 acres just south of the Historic Downtown McKinney square. The grounds also include a blacksmith shop, smoke house, and a reception house and reception gardens. The buildings include period artifacts showing how people lived in Collin County from 1854 to 1940. The Heritage Guild of Collin County, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, operates Chestnut Square Historic Village. For more information, visit chestnutsquare.org.