McKINNEY, Texas – Enjoy walking around with family and friends Thanksgiving weekend by visiting historic downtown for Home for the Holidays…a McKinney Christmas. Experience the joy and magic of the season as downtown is transformed into a winter wonderland of shopping, entertainment, activities and food.

From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, Home for the Holidays is the perfect place to kick off the holiday season. On Friday, watch faces light up at 6:15 p.m. when the city lights a 34-foot Blue Spruce Christmas tree that will adorn the city’s square. The tree was funded by First United Bank and the contributions from families and businesses during the McKinney Christmas Tree – A Gift to the Community fundraising campaign. It will serve as a beautiful backdrop for holiday photos and be a sight for the entire family to enjoy. Following the tree lighting, visitors can enjoy live entertainment by Emerald City Band.

Holiday shopping at the more than 120 locally-owned stores and boutiques are the best destination for Black Friday shoppers to support local businesses on Small Business Saturday. Relax from shopping with popular Home for the Holidays attractions and activities like pictures with Santa, train rides, live performances of A Christmas Carol at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) and a petting zoo. End the evening Saturday with a performance by Le Freak – The World’s Greatest Disco Band.

“Break free from the flurry of Black Friday shopping and leisurely shop in downtown McKinney during normal business hours. Enjoy a unique shopping experience, void of long lines and pressing crowds by shopping locally at our charming boutiques, where you are sure to find one-of-a-kind gifts that can’t be found anywhere else,” said Amy Rosenthal, Director of MPAC and McKinney Main Street.

For a complete listing of scheduled events, visit www.downtownmckinney.com or call McKinney Main Street at 972-547-2660. Streets in the downtown area will be blocked off to through traffic to prepare for the event starting Wednesday evening, Nov. 23.