Holiday Activities and Camps

2023 Holiday Activities and Events

Day/TimeEvent Info

Sunday, Nov. 5
2 p.m.

Holiday Plants | Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library
Master the art of choosing and caring for your favorite holiday plants while keeping them healthy and stunning all season long with the help of Collin County Master Gardeners.

Ages 14+

Register for Holiday Plants

Wednesday, Nov. 15
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving Luncheon | Senior Recreation Center
Celebrate the season with your Senior Recreation Center family and friends. Enjoy traditional Thanksgiving food and great company.

Ages 50+
Cost: $15 per person

Register by calling 972-547-7491
Registration is required by November 8.

Saturday, Nov. 18
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Holiday Craft Fair | Senior Recreation Center
Find one-of-a-kind handmade gifts made by a variety of vendors, including many of the talented Senior Recreation Center members.

All Ages

Interested in being a vendor?
Complete the Holiday Craft Fair Vendor Application.
Registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 3.

Sunday, Nov. 19
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Turkey Burn Ride | Apex Centre
Bring the family to join this Thanksgiving-themed Sunday ride to cycle off some steam before the big gathering.

Ages 9+

Register today for Turkey Burn Ride
Each person must register online and sign up for a bike through the Spivi app.

Tuesday, Nov. 21
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Turkey Feather Food Drive | Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library

Trade canned food for the chance to add feathers to our Library Turkey and watch it grow in our November Food Drive with North Texas Food Bank. Finish your month of giving with a day of crafts and activities and one last chance to add your feathers to the turkey.

All Ages 

Register for Turkey Feather Food Drive

Wednesday, Nov. 22
2 - 3 p.m.

Grandparents Camp: Hand Turkeys | Senior Recreation Center
Grandparents and their grandchildren come together to create fun craft projects.

Ages 5 - 12
Cost: $5 per person

Register by calling 972-547-7491
Registration is required by November 15.

Friday, Nov. 24 - 
Sunday, Nov. 26

Home for the Holidays | Downtown McKinney

Stroll the 14-block area of McKinney's 167-year-old commercial historic downtown for family activities, food, and entertainment. Enjoy a uniquely McKinney Christmas celebration with neighbors and visitors from near and far.

All Ages

Learn more about Home for the Holidays

Saturday, Dec. 2
9:30 - 11 a.m.

Breakfast with Santa | Old Settler's Recreation Center
Join us for breakfast and family fun with the big man himself, Santa!

All Ages
Cost: $10 members; $15 non-members

Register for Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, Dec. 9
10:30 a.m. - Noon

Holidays in the Kitchen: Gingerbread House | Old Settler's Recreation Center
Get in the Christmas spirit and decorate a gingerbread house.

All Ages
Cost: $20 members; $25 non-members

Register for Holidays in the Kitchen

Saturday, Dec. 9
Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Holiday Crafts: Ugly Xmas Sweater | Old Settler's Recreation Center

Create your own ugly Christmas sweater. You supply the sweater, and we provide the decorations.

Ages 6 - 12
Cost: $15 members; $20 non-members

Register for Holiday Crafts: Ugly Xmas Sweater

Saturday, Dec. 9
5 p.m.

Caroling on the Square | Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library
Help us spread holiday cheer with carols, hot chocolate, and cookies! Sing your way around downtown McKinney and then stick around for the McKinney Rotary Christmas Parade of Lights. Holiday clothing is encouraged.

All Ages

Register for Caroling on the Square

Thursday, Dec. 14
6 - 7:30 p.m.

Singo! Let it Snow | Old Settler's Recreation Center
Singo is a new and exciting musical spin on the traditional game of Bingo. Instead of listening for a number, players are listening to their favorite music. This BYOB game will have you singing, dancing and laughing as you try to guess each song on your Singo card.

BYOB for ages 21+.

All Ages

Saturday, Dec. 16
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Hygge Holiday | John & Judy Gay Library
Slow down this holiday season and embrace the cozy Hygge lifestyle with an event celebrating friendship and family, simple joys, and warm comforts.

All Ages

Register for Hygge Holiday

Monday, Dec. 18 -
Sunday, Dec. 31

Winterland | Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library
Step into a life-size Candy Land adventure as we bring the classic board game to life. This is a self-led game.

All Ages

Tuesday, Dec. 19
5 - 8:30 p.m.

Merry Bass-mass | Old Settler's Recreation Center
Calling all double bass musicians! Merry Bass-mass is a clinic and concert JUST for the double bass! Participants will get a clinic with world-renowned bassist Dr. Jeff Bradetich, a Merry Bass-mass t-shirt, and pizza dinner. We will learn 4-part holiday music in our large bass ensemble and perform for the public at 7:30 p.m., which will feature both the large ensemble and professional double bass soloists. Come see a rare performance featuring this unique instrument!

All Ages
Cost: $20

Register for Merry Bass-mass

Wednesday, Dec. 27
2 - 3 p.m.

Grandparents Camp: Year of the Dragon Clay Statues | Senior Recreation Center
Grandparents and their grandchildren come together to create fun craft projects.

Ages 5 - 12
Cost: $5 per person

Register by calling 972-547-7491
Registration is required by December 20.

Saturday, Dec. 30
11 a.m.

Noon Year's Eve | John & Judy Gay Library
We're ringing in the New Year early with a kid-friendly "noon year's eve" celebration. Enjoy crafts, dancing, games, a New Years' wishing wall, and an exciting balloon drop as we count down to the New Year.

All Ages

Register for Noon Year's Eve


School Holiday Camps

*Before and after camp care is available from 7 - 8 a.m. or 5 - 6 p.m.

November 20 - 22
Thanksgiving Break Camp*Apex Centre5 - 128 a.m. - 5 p.m.M - W
December 26 - 29
Winter Break Camp*Apex Centre5 - 128 a.m. - 5 p.m.Tu - F
January 2 - 5
Winter Break Art CampOSRC5 - 132 - 4:45 p.m.Tu - F

Camp Locations

  • Apex Centre, 3003 Alma Rd.
    • Cost includes a $25 non-refundable fee for each Apex Centre camp registration. 
    • Member Rates 
      • To qualify for member rates on camps, an Apex Centre membership must be initiated at least seven days from the camp registration date and must remain active throughout the camp you attend.
    • Field Trip Week(s)
      • On-site camp is not available for any campers not participating in the field trip. 
  • OSRC - Old Settler's Recreation Center, 1201 E. Louisiana St.

Cost Information

The cost of camps varies. On average, day camps cost between $200 - 275 and half-day camps between $40 - 200. Member rates may apply. Click on the camp names for additional details and cost information. Payment plans are also available at Apex Centre.

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