Christmas concerts, festivals and more to do in McKinney during the holiday season

McKinney’s annual Home for the Holidays Festival will feature Santa Claus, extended shopping hours in historic downtown McKinney and more. (Courtesy of the Town of McKinney)

Here are five events taking place in McKinney in November and December.

November 20 | Enjoy a night of jazz

Billboard’s # 1 smooth jazz artist Jazmin Ghent will headline “An Evening of Inspiring Jazz” at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. Profits will go to 3e United at McKinney, a faith-based nonprofit, and the Collin County Jazz Collective. 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets start at $ 35. 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 469-248-7250.

November 23 | Give and receive

McKinney Libraries will serve as drop-off points for the North Texas Food Bank in honor of Thanksgiving. The Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library and the John and Judy Gay Public Library will accept food bank cans. After making a donation, families can participate in turkey-themed craft activities. 2 pm-5pm Free. 101 E. Hunt St., McKinney (Hall Library) and 6861 Eldorado Parkway, McKinney (Gay Library).

November 26-28 | Get into the holiday spirit

McKinney’s historic downtown will host its annual Home for the Holidays festival. Downtown will turn into a festive wonderland with Santa Claus, local holiday shops with extended shopping hours and activities for the kids. Although admission is free, some activities will be chargeable. 10.30am-9pm (Nov 26-27); 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Nov. 28). Main Street, McKinney. 972-547-2660.

December 1 | Explore the history of art

The Heard-Craig Center for the Arts will host a conference led by College professor Collin Clair Robertson, titled Nativity in Renaissance Art. Refreshments will be served. 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free. 205 W. Hunt Street, McKinney. 972-569-6909.

December 3 | Waiting for a concert

The McKinney Philharmonic Orchestra presents its fourth annual Christmas concert at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. Attendees will enjoy familiar Christmas music as well as original arrangements ranging from Celtic styles to jazz, pop and more. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $ 20 (seniors 65 and over; students 6 to 22); $ 25 (adults). 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 972-547-2650.

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