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Small Town, big charm

Updated: Nov 21, 2019

Small town, big charm. That's one way to describe McKinney, especially when visiting its Historic Downtown Cultural District. With adorable shops and restaurants lining its streets and anchored by an iconic 1800s courthouse-turned-performing-arts-center, most would agree that The Square is the place to be.

The cuteness level is amplified during the months of November and December when holiday decor and music are a staple and a giant Christmas tree punctuates the ambiance. Whether you’ve been given the task of organizing the company outing, finding a fun activity for the team or figuring out how to entertain family and friends while they’re in town, we’ve rounded up a few ideal activities.

Give back to the community. Feast on a 3-course meal, sip on delicious margaritas and make your own tortillas with El Corazaon de Tejas and We Ate Well Food Tours. These two family-owned businesses are partnering to raise funds for a local nonprofit, Belle & Sparrows. Hear from the organizations founders and learn about their mission to impact the lives of women both near and far. All net proceeds from this dinner will go directly to Belle & Sparrows.

Ring in the holiday. Home for the Holidays is the annual festival hosted the weekend after Thanksgiving. With live music, ice skating, Santa pics, children’s activities, and though you might spot the Grinch, this free weekend activity is all about joy and cheerful tidings. Find out more here:

Explore historic homes. Heritage Village at Chestnut Square will host the 46th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes, the first weekend of December. See the Historic Residential District in a whole new way, decked out in their finest winter season décor. Add tea or brunch to your ticket purchase and truly make it an unforgettable day of holiday fun.

Food is always a good idea

With that in mind, you’ll want to hop on a food tour or book your own private tour that not only includes delicious eats, but also gives a proper introduction to McKinney through art and history. Check out lunchtime and evening tours as well as special events hosted by TripAdvisor’s #1 McKinney Food Tour!

Be filled with wonder. Take a winter walk amongst lights at Gabe Nesbitt Community Park. This family-fun activity includes a Christmas tree light show, crafts for kids, food trucks, live entertainment and Santa. Proceeds from every ticket purchased will help fund an Apex Centre scholarship program that benefits McKinney residents. View dates and get tickets here:


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