I thought that I saw that The Pub would be open for Thanksgiving. I can’t find that email now (or any mentions on their Facebook or web site) so I would definitely call first if you would like to include that in your plans.
Churchill’s British Pub has been offering roast beef and yorkshire pudding on Saturdays and Sundays. They posted a great picture on their Facebook site and it looks fantastic.
If you would like to order a holiday pie from the square for Thanksgiving, you still have time. The Pantry Restaurant is taking orders for holiday pies up until Tuesday, the 22nd. They have special hours, 9 am to 3 pm, for pie pick-up on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. If you are having guests, don’t forget to tell them that The Pantry was featured on the show “Outrageous Food” on the Food Network this year. They made a 5 foot chocolate cream pie for the show.
It is a little too late to order a cooked turkey from Hamm’s Custom Meats but I have been meaning for awhile now to mention that they have a set up a fantastic web site for ordering all different types of meats. They are well known for their Spiral Cut Honey Glazed hams but they also offer smoked turkeys, smoked brisket, smoked baby back ribs, pulled pork, fillet mignon and ribeyes through their website. The fillets and ribeyes are raw and packed with dry ice. I’ve been thinking that sending a brisket or some ribs would be a very Texan way to say Merry Christmas to some out-of-state relatives.
You may still be able to get a pasture-raised turkey (uncooked) from Local Yocal, a downtown meat market that specializes in organic, hormone-free foods. These birds are coming from Rehoboth Ranch and Richardson Farms and are $5.50 a pound. Local Yocal also has a fantastic website for ordering online.
The Historic Flour Mill is hosting the Handmade McKinney Artist & Crafter sale Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Vendors will include Cari-Bella Creations, For The Birds Mosaics, Design by Shane Dennehey, Ello Lovely, Dot4Dot, KB Wood Turnings, One of a Kind by Kat Designs, Uniquely Yours, Endurance Designs, and Mechanical Dreams.
Sweet Art Bakery in the Historic Flour Mill is having their first weekend hours for Dickens. They’ll be open 10 to 6 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. In addition to cookies, cupcakes and cake truffles, they will be serving lunch fare like chicken salad sandwiches and hot beverages.
The Old Red Lumberyard will be having their vintage sales on Friday and Saturday. There are too many vendors to try to list here. This is a great event for antiquers and the prices are generally very good with some unique finds to be had.
This is, of course, also Dickens of a Christmas weekend in downtown McKinney. The event is free to the public and there will be all kinds of activities for the family in addition to great shopping. The hours are Friday & Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from Noon to 6. They’ll start closing down the downtown streets to auto traffic Wednesday evening.
According to the City newsletter, there are at least a couple of new things to look forward to. Starting at noon each day, snow will fall every hour on the hour on Tennessee street and there will be an ice skating rink on Kentucky Street (courtesy of Artificial Ice Events).
The snow tubing hill will be on E. Louisiana Street and will cost $1 a ride.
Lone Star Wine Cellars will kick off their 12 Wines of Christmas Scavenger Hunt on Friday, the 25th. The hunt will last until December 2nd. You’ll have to stop into the store to get details on this one. If you’ve participated in a prior year, please let us know if you have some tips.
Friday, 6:15 pm ~ Christmas Tree Lighting in Mitchell Park
up to 8:00 pm ~ Candlelight shopping ~ Stores extend their shopping hours to 8 PM.
8:00 AM ~ Start of Believe 10K at Mitchell Park
8:15 AM ~ Great Santa Chase in front of The Pub
8:30 AM ~ Start of the Believe 5k and 1 mile walk
McKinney Repertory Theatre will be performing A Christmas Carol Friday and Saturday at 2 and 5 and on Sunday at 2.
Also coming up …
December 3rd, 8 to noon – The 3rd annual Pancakes and Portraits with Santa will be at the First United Methodist Church (on Church Street near downtown).
December 3rd, 6:30 – Christmas Parade of Lights, one of our biggest parades
THE PARADE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY DECEMBER THE 10TH DUE TO FORECASTED RAIN
December 3rd, time?? ~ Gingerbread House 101, a new offering from Collin County Historical Society will be offered at the North Texas History Center downtown. They provide the basic gingerbread house and decorating materials, you decorate and take it home.
December 3rd & 4th – 38th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes by Chestnut Square
December 3rd & 4th – Just Between Friends Toy/Holiday consignment sale at McKinney Performing Arts Center. Admission is $2. Saturday hours are 8:30 to 7:00. Sunday hours 8:30 to 2. Sunday prices are half off.
So, did you feel busy before reading this post?
As always, if I’ve missed anything (and I’m sure I have), please add a comment below. Please be sure to include times and dates if you have them. Links are also welcome.
For more information on some of the things listed here plus more activities around McKinney, check out the City’s most recent blog post “Countdown to Thanksgiving Weekend“.
Until next time,