So Much To See and Do! Don’t Forget Dickens!

Before I forget, and I have an incredibly short memory, have you seen this recent D Magazine article about downtown McKinney? Stop by Diggin’ It on Tennessee Street to thank Tracey for the McKinney shout out and then ask her what huge project has broken ground across the street from her.  I’m not being facetious.  There were 5 commercial lots for sale and now the ground is being leveled on all of them for something really, really, big and I haven’t had time to go ask her what it is.

Don’t forget to check out the Destination McKinney Facebook Page for links to all the great stuff going on this weekend.  Dickens of a Christmas kicks off in downtown on Black Friday and the Great Santa Chase and Believe 5k, 10k, and 1-mile events are on Saturday.

Lone Star Wine Cellars is having their Third Annual “12 Wines of Christmas Fundraiser/Scavenger Hunt” kicking off on November 23rd and lasting until December 8th.  Their flyer says to “follow the clues to tastings of 12 wines” and the contestant who guesses the most wines correctly will win a case of wine, a hand-painted souvenir Christmas glass and 6 complimentary raffle tickets.  The raffle is for the grand prize gift basket of goodies from local merchants.  Raffle tickets cost $19.95 with additional raffle tickets available at $1 each or six for $5. Proceeds of the raffle benefits McKinney’s police officers, firefighters, and emergency response personnel.

McKinney Repertory Theatre is performing “A Christmas Carol” at the MPAC on November 23rd, 24th, 25th, and 30th, and December 1st and 2nd.  Check out the McKinney Performing Arts Center for tickets and more information.

December 1st from 8am to noon – Pancakes & Portraits With Santa at the First United Methodist Church in the Historic District.

December 1st at 6:30pm – Downtown Parade of Lights.

December 6th from 5:30pm – 7:00pm –  “Shop, Walk, and Wine on the Square”, this shopping event put on by the Women’s Allliance of McKinney, will be an evening of relaxation and entertainment, as well as shopping, as participants have their own private shopping experience with over 18 downtown businesses.  Participating merchants include: 209 Downtown Salon & Spa, Bloom, Cadillac Pizza Pub, Cotton Hearts, Diggin’ It, Fair & Square Imports, Gather, Goodies Texas, Gray Living, Hamm’s, Happiness Is Quilting, Imaging on the Square, Kiss & Make-Up Boutique, Kitchenwares on the Square, Laura Moore Fine Arts Studios, Little Red Hen, and the McKinney Wine Merchant.

December 15th – Turtle Creek Chorale will be performing a program called “Comfort & Joy” at 2:00 and 7:00 at MPAC (Wow!)

Churchill’s British Pub started this past Sunday taking reservations for Christmas dinner.  Dinner is a three-course “traditional” English meal, complete with plum pudding. They sit down to eat at 2:00 pm on Christmas Day, tickets are $45, and space is limited.

I’m hearing that the McKinney Performing Arts Center is working on have a “NYE Ball Drop” for New Year’s Eve this year.  This is a first-time-ever event, so I haven’t got any tips or thoughts on this one yet.  According to their web site,  they will have DJ Mark Brown in the courthouse’s old vault retrofitted as a lounge area.  I think this is the basement, which is a lot cooler-looking in person than it may sound in words.  It’s going to be done up with Las Vegas style casino games including Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, and Texas Hold’Em.   Sounds like they are planning on also providing dance space and a champagne toast.  The $75 ticket  includes casino chips, drink tickets, party favors (noise makers, I’m assuming?), and the champagne toast. Tickets are limited and are available online at the MPAC website.

Until next time,

Happy Shopping and Enjoy Your Holiday!

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