Downtown McKinney will be transformed into a holiday wonderland, filled with Christmas trees, snow and the sounds of the season as carolers stoll the streets on the square, as Main Street kicks off the holiday season this weekend with the long-standing annual tradition Dickens of a Christmas – Home for the Holidays. The 31st year of this free event begins tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 25 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 27. Historic Downtown McKinney will transform into a winter wonderland of holiday shopping, entertainment, activities and food.
Dickens of a Christmas is free and open to the public. Throughout the weekend, visitors to Historic Downtown McKinney can enjoy a snow hill and an ice skating rink, strolling carolers, visits with Santa, live entertainment, carriage rides, children’s activities, holiday shopping and dining at the more than 100 shops and restaurants downtown.
The official tree lighting ceremony will be held Friday, Nov. 25 at 6:15 p.m. in Mitchell Park just west of Historic Downtown. City officials will light the living tree, and Crystal Yates will sing Christmas favorites. For a complete listing of scheduled activities, or to find a parking map noting free parking lots, visit www.downtownmckinney.com or call Main Street at 972-547-2660. Late Wednesday evening, Nov. 23, streets in the downtown area will be blocked to through traffic to prepare for the event.
Event Dates and Times:
November 25: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
November 26: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
November 27: Noon – 6 p.m.
Some of the many activities scheduled to take place throughout the Dickens of a Christmas weekend include:
Let’s Skate McKinney
New to downtown McKinney this year is an ice skating rink, courtesy of Artificial Ice Events, the nation’s largest synthetic ice rental company. Every 10-minute skate is $3, located on Kentucky St.
The snow tubing hill is back by popular demand. Rides are $1 per trip on the hill, hosted by McKinney Noon Lions Club and located on E. Louisiana St.
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!
‘Tis the season to experience a snow flake or two during Dickens of a Christmas. Snow will fall every hour on the hour beginning at noon each day on Tennessee St.
McKinney Repertory Theatre Presents “A Christmas Carol”
The annual production of Dickens’ timeless story at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) places special emphasis on the ghostly apparitions in the spirit of Dickens’ original text. It is full of Victorian songs accompanied by music on the vintage theater pipe organ. Performances are held on Nov. 25 -26 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., and on Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.mckinneyperformingartscenter.org.
Events held in Historic Downtown McKinney are possible due to generous community supporters. Sponsors for Dickens of a Christmas this year include the City of McKinney, Baylor Medical Center of McKinney, Nissan of McKinney, Fiat of McKinney, Independent Bank, The Smitten Flea, WRR Classical 101.1 FM, 97.5 KLAK, The Goddard School, TownSquareBuzz.com and the McKinney Courier Gazette.