Festival at a Glance

Home for the Holidays...A McKinney Christmas 

Thanksgiving weekend marks the 38th year for this hometown Christmas celebration. Visit the 14-block area of McKinney's 165-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. It's an unforgettable experience and a great start to the holiday season.


Admission is free and open to the public.

Parking / Transportation

There are 12 public parking lots that surround Downtown McKinney. View a parking map.

Dates & Times

  • Friday, November 23 - 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • City of McKinney Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:15 p.m. on Friday on MPAC Lawn on the Kentucky Street side.
  • Saturday, November 24 - 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.  
  • Sunday, November 25 - Noon - 5 p.m.


  • From U.S. Highway 75 take Exit 40-A
  • Travel East on Louisiana Street approximately 1.2 miles

What to Expect

  • A fun, family-friendly event
  • Traditional live Christmas music
  • Food and festivities
  • Dancing
  • Children’s activities
  • Costumed characters
  • Visits with Santa
  • Children's arts and crafts
  • Petting zoo
  • A unique shopping experience
  • A Ferris wheel and carousel
  • And much more