Christmas tours, parades, stories and more to do in McKinney Nov. 15-Dec. 15 15

Get into the holiday spirit with these McKinney events.

November 15 | Play the quiz

McKinney residents are invited to team up for this general knowledge quiz. Participants are encouraged to bring their own drinks. 6 to 8 p.m. $10 per team. Towne Lake Recreation Center, 2001 S. Central Expressway, McKinney. 972-547-2690. www.mckinneytexas.org/calendar

November 17 | Savor French cuisine

The French-American Chamber of Commerce of Texas presents its annual French Food & Wine Festival at McKinney’s historic site, The Cotton Mill. A festival pass includes an open bar, food samples from over 15 local restaurants, live music and more. 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $90 (general admission), $110 (with Bubble Pass for champagne). The Cotton Mill, 610 Elm Street, McKinney. https://facctexas.com/events/french-festival-dallas

November 18-20 | vintage shop

Vintage Market Days’ “Oh What Fun” holiday event will allow shoppers to browse two buildings of vintage and vintage-inspired decor, repurposed items, jewelry, clothing and more, alongside food trucks and of live music. 9am-4pm (18 Nov), 10am-4pm (19-20 Nov). Free (12 and under), $10 (entry Nov. 19-20), $15 (entry Nov. 18-20). Myers Park & ​​Event Center, 7117 CR 166, McKinney. https://vintagemarketdays.com/market/dallas-mckinney

November 19 | Make a Holiday Wreath

Participants in this class run by Jump Into Art Studios will learn how to make a Christmas wreath using decorations such as popcorn, cranberries, pine cones, beads, and more. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1 p.m.-3 p.m. This course is suitable for people aged 6 and over. $44. 404 N. Church Street, McKinney. 214-937-9153. www.jumpintoart.com

December 3-4 | Visit holiday-decorated homes

The Holiday Tour of Homes is the Heritage Village at Chestnut Square’s 49-year-old tradition of raising funds to maintain its collection of preserved historic homes. Participants will visit six private residences in the area that are lavishly decorated for the holiday season. The self-guided tour also includes bonus stops and holiday activities in Chestnut Square. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. $30. Chestnut Place, 315 S. Chestnut Street, McKinney. 972-562-8790. https://chestnutsquare.org/holiday-tour-of-homes

December 3 | Buy local

The McKinney Creative Community’s annual Holiday Art Bazaar features a variety of local vendors selling handicrafts, such as jewelry, homewares, clothing, art, pottery and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free (entry). McKinney Cotton Mill Fields, 722 Anderson Street, McKinney. 469-269-6859. https://mckinneycreativein.wixsite.com

December 3 | Listen to holiday orchestra music

The McKinney Philharmonic Orchestra will present its fifth annual All Star Christmas concert with soloists Tatiana Ladymay Mayfield, Candace Mahogany Miller, Maylee Thomas and Ner de Leon. 7 p.m. $20 (seniors and students), $25 (adults). McKinney Boyd High School Auditorium, 600 Lake Forest Drive, McKinney. www.mckinneyphilharmonic.org

December 8 | Test your musical knowledge

In the game Singo: Music Bingo, players must guess the songs they hear to fill the boxes on their Bingo card. The December game will feature popular holiday songs and participants are encouraged to bring their own drinks. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Old Settler Recreation Center, 1201 E. Louisiana St., McKinney. 972-562-8310. www.mckinneytexas.org

December 8 | Shop on the square

Attendees of the Shop, Walk & Wine on the Square event will gather at the McKinney Performing Arts Center for pre-purchase cocktails and pick up a goody bag and shopping card. After exploring participating merchants in McKinney Square, shoppers will return to MPAC for refreshments and pop-up shop tours. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. $20 (members of the McKinney Women’s Alliance), $25 (non-members). Ruschhaupt Hall at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 972-542-0163. www.mckinneychamber.com/2022shop

December 10 | watch the parade

The 23rd Annual McKinney Rotary Christmas Lights Parade is themed “Christmas in Toyland.” Potential parade participants can register until December 1 and cash prizes will be awarded to the top four floats. The parade will begin and end at McKinney City Hall, 222 Tennessee St., McKinney, and will travel the streets of Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana and Virginia. 6:30 p.m. Free (spectators), $25 to $150 (participants). Downtown McKinney. www.mckinneyrotary.org/page/parade-of-lights

December 10 | Build a gingerbread house

During this course run by the McKinney Department of Parks and Recreation, families and community members can learn how to make a gingerbread house ahead of the holiday season. 10-11:30 a.m. $20 (residents), $25 (non-residents). Old Settler Recreation Center, 1201 E. Louisiana St., McKinney. 972-562-8310. www.mckinneytexas.org/calendar114/parks-recreation

December 15 Go to a Christmas concert

“Christmas from the Sanctuary” is a family holiday concert to benefit the non-profit Love Life Foundation. The show will feature Maylee Thomas-Fuller, Andy Timmons, George Fuller and Gerry Fisher performing songs from Thomas-Fuller and Timmons’ Christmas album “Here Comes the Son.” Staff and students from The Guitar Sanctuary family will also make an appearance. 7:00-10:30 p.m. $10 (live stream ticket), $15 (individual seats on a first-come, first-served basis). Sanctuary Music and Events, 6633 Virginia Parkway, McKinney. 972-540-6420. www.showclix.com/event/christmasfromthesanctuary2022

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