Thanksgiving weekend means activities abound right here at home. Check out some options, courtesy of the McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau:
Home for the Holidays (Friday-Saturday): This down-home Christmas event in Historic Downtown McKinney features non-stop family activities, entertainment, food galore, a chance to finish your Christmas shopping and much more. You’ll find Santa, real reindeer, a train and carousel, show tubing hill, crafts, live music and all sorts of nostalgia surrounded by the beauty of our downtown square. The community tree lighting ceremony takes place Friday at 6 p.m. at Mitchell Park (west entrance to downtown).
Believe Run (Saturday): The family-friendly 10K, 5K and one-mile fun walk/run courses wind through the historic neighborhoods of downtown McKinney and even around Towne Lake Park (10K). Now in its 8th year, the run’s proceeds benefit McKinney’s Holy Family School. The 10K starts at 8 a.m., followed by The Great Santa Chase (for kids 12 and under, and its FREE!) at 8:15 a.m., and 5K and 1 mile races at8:30 a.m. Stay for the awards and celebration at 9:45 a.m. on the downtown square. (Home for the Holidays event festivities start at 10 a.m.)
A Christmas Carol (Friday-Saturday): The McKinney Repertory Theatre’s annual adaptation of the enduring classic places special emphasis on the ghostly apparitions in the spirit of Dickens’ original text, and is full of Victorian songs accompanied by music on the vintage theatre pipe organ. Two performances (2 p.m. and 5 p.m.) on both Friday andSaturday at the McKinney Performing Arts Center in the center of the downtown square. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 students & seniors; $5 kids 12 yrs & under, and are available at the MPAC ticket office or online.
It’s a Wonderful Life (Sunday): Frank Capra’s 1946 tale of a family man learning to look at his life in a whole new light at Christmas time, thanks to the creative perspective of an angel trying to earn his wings, is no less relevant today than it was when it first came out. The movie can be found on TV all month long, but the screening in McKinney Performing Arts Center’s Courtroom Theater is an ideal way to view the Jimmy Stewart classic. Enjoy a complimentary popcorn ball and hot cider. Sunday 2:30-4:30 p.m.; $5 general admission.
Art Gallery Exhibits:
- Garret Art Gallery: Annual Miniature and Small Works Show, perfect for holiday gift giving (pictured); 111 E. Virginia.
- Orisons Art & Framing: Leo Malboeuf (surrealist) & Stan Cobb (cowboy painter); 110 E. Louisiana.
- Imaging on the Square: Local artists. 109 S. Tennessee.
Spoons Cafe: The Vince Lujan Project (Fri.); Ladies Song Swap featuring Katie Lamb & Friends (Sun.)