The 33rd annual festival, Home for the Holidays; A McKinney Christmas, sparkles November 29 and 30 in historic downtown McKinney. Replicating family holidays from years past, Home for the Holidays features horse-drawn carriages, strolling carolers, visits with Santa Claus and a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Live Christmas music, horse carriage rides, food and festivities, traditional costumes, dancing, children’s activities, shopping and reflections of holidays past round out the illumination of traditional holiday joy and festivity.
Activities for younger kids include arts and crafts, Christmas-themed games, sand art, face painting, a petting zoo and a visit with Santa Claus and his reindeer. The McKinney Repertory Theatre will perform A Christmas Carol, including the original text, Victorian song and vintage theatre pipe organ.
The eighth annual Believe! 10K/5K certified run begins at 8 a.m., November 30. A Great Santa Chase for children 12 and under is free and each child receives a special gift from Santa’s helpers for completing the chase. Admission is free, some activities have a fee. Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free parking is available throughout downtown McKinney, as is an accompanying free shuttle service.
Location: 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. For more information, call 972-547-7500, or visit McKinneyTexas.org. To register for the race, visit BelieveMcKinney.org.