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Christmas Break in McKinney

Christmas Break is upon us and that means kids at home and relatives in town. No one wants to be stuck at home all day together so here's a list of things going on during the break and places to try out. We've got you covered from indoor kid playgrounds to wineries to ugly Christmas sweater parties. And for all of you who don't want to lift a finger in the kitchen on Christmas Eve, we've even got a list of locations open to dine. Have fun exploring the city and showing off McKinney to your out of town guests!

*This list is a sampling of events and locations and does not encompass all McKinney has to offer. Make sure to check with locations on holiday hours of operations. Links provided in article.

Activities with the family

Holidays at The Heard @ Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Dec 15 @ 6:30-9pm

Dec 16 @ 6:30-9pm

Holidays at the Heard brings the beauty of the holiday season into nature. Guests will see lights and holiday décor along a half mile Heard nature trail. In keeping with the Heard’s role as a nature preserve, this light display is designed to enhance, rather than overpower, the sanctuary’s natural beauty. Click here for more information.

McKinney Repertory Theatre presents: A Christmas Carol @ MPAC

Dec 15 @ 7:30pm

Dec 16 @ 2pm and 5pm

Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" tells the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge, an old man who transforms his miserly ways after four ghostly visits one Christmas Eve. Showings at the McKinney Performing Arts Center in Historic Downtown McKinney. Purchase tickets here.

Zip Line Day @ Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Dec 16 @ 1-4pm

Guests climb a 23ft tree to the zip platform then proceed to a 487ft zip line. Purchase one ticket ($12 each) for each time you would like to travel down the zip line. Pre-registration is required for all ropes course programs. More information here.

Christmas with Texas Mosaix @ The Sanctuary Music & Events

Dec 16 @ 4pm and 7pm

Enjoy a night of Christmas music by the talented Texas Mosaix cover band. There will be a 4 pm and 7 pm show. All ticket sales will go toward the local non-profit Oak Creek Place, a home for girls who have timed out of the foster care program. More details here.

Brunch with Santa @ Henderson Kitchen and Tap

Dec 17 11am-1pm

Ho, Ho, Ho Happy Holidays! Join us Sunday December 17th for BRUNCH WITH SANTA!. Santa will be here taking pictures on the 17th from 11am-1pm.Enjoy a complimentary mimosa, bloody mary or screwdriver with purchase of Brunch item! Find more details here.

Christmas from the Sanctuary @The Sanctuary Music & Events

Dec 21 @ 7-9pm

Christmas from the Sanctuary is a special family friendly concert event featuring an evening of Christmas Spirit. Doors open at 6:30pm, Music begins at 7:00pm The concert features Maylee Thomas Andy Timmons Official Page, Mayor George Fuller, & Gerry Fisher performing songs from Maylee and Andy's Christmas album "Here Comes the Son". There will also be a host of other guests and students from The Guitar Sanctuary family. More details here.

Adult Time

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party @ Henderson Kitchen and Tap

Dec 15 starting @ 8pm

Wear a holiday sweater get $4 Crown & Downs, $2 Domestic Beers & 1/2 Priced Brick Oven Pizza. Details here.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party @ TUPPS Brewery

Dec 16 @ 7-10pm

It's time to whip out your favorite or most hated and ugly christmas sweater! Have an adult onesie you fancy? Wear that! There will be a DJ and food truck. No cover charge! Details here.

Holiday Safari Shopping Night @ Historic Downtown McKinney

Dec 20 @ 5-9pm

Sip n Shop at dozens of your favorite shops open late for a Merry Night of shopping. Prizes and giveaways galore! More details here.

3 Flights Up Pint Night featuring Trippel Dunkel and Lager @ Franconia Brewing

Dec 20 @ 6-8pm

More details here.

Season’s Greetings! Plant and Sip @ TUPPS Brewery

Dec 21 7:30-9pm

Bring your creativity, friends and love of beer to Plant and Sip where a plant professional/party host guides you as you create your very own terrarium. More details here.


Need help wrapping those gifts?

Bring your holiday gifts to the Love Life Store inside The Guitar Sanctuary to have them wrapped for you in exchange for your donation to the Love Life Foundation. Wrapping December 21st through December 23rd from 10am until 6pm daily.

Escape Room Adventures for the whole family

Exit Plan TX

North Texas Escape Rooms

Live Music

Hank’s Texas Grill

Zin Zen Wine Bistro

Cadillac Pizza Pub

Lone Star Wine Cellars

Places for the kids to burn off steam

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Kid Expressions

PlayStreet Museum

Obstacle Warrior Kids


Mitas Hill

Caudalie Crest

Wales Manor

Where to eat on Christmas Eve

Henderson Kitchen and Tap- open till midnight

$1 PBR's, $4 Jameson & 1/2 Priced Brick Oven Pizza

Gregory’s Bistro

Sugarbacon- brunch from 11am-3pm

Cadillac Pizza Pub- lunch from 11am-3pm

Pho Bistro

Rockfish Seafood & Grill- until 8pm

Harry's at the Harbor- until 9pm

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