Guest post by Teresa Lensch, McKinney resident and real estate agent. 

With the holidays right around the corner, there’s no better time to grab your love and plan an entire day of holiday romance together in the historic McKinney Square. Not sure where to start or what not to miss? I’ve got you covered. Stay open to adventures that you happen across as you go, but here’s a great itinerary to make the most of your “holidate” downtown!

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McKinney on the Square is full of holiday cheer and warmth. Pic courtesy Pixabay.



Morning: Just off the square, Filtered craft coffee shop is quiet and has amazing Ghirardelli chocolate concoctions to start your morning with warmth and conversation. The cinnamon rolls are enormous and look amazing, but save room for a delicious breakfast sandwich at Snug on the Square, which also has one of the best patios for people-watching. (Dog-friendly too, in case you never leave home without your canine kiddos.)

Pic courtesy Filtered Coffee

Pic courtesy Snug on the Square

Special holiday events begin in the square and the shops open about 10am! Stroll around together amongst Christmas characters, Santa’s Workshop, and great selfie opportunities like sitting in Santa’s sleigh…but don’t miss some of the best boutique shops around…



Drop into one of my favorite spots for unique gifts (for each other or for everyone else on your huge Christmas list). Buy each other a pair of funny, and possibly inappropriate, socks at the vintage store Groovy Coop. While you’re there, peruse the record collection (yes, actual vinyl!) for an album that you can dance to later. After that, be inspired by lovely things at Ettienne Market. I’m not a baker, but they have stunning carved rolling pins that make me wish that I was. The French atmosphere will make you want to hold hands!



You’ll be getting hungry again, but my advice on date day is to skip the usual lunch and pop over to Loco Cowpoke Salsa Shop and snack on their free samples of Texas-made food items. THEN… pie and coffee at Emporium Pies. The slices are huge, made from scratch, eliciting a line out the door on many weekend evenings. Date rating: scrumptious.

Emporium Pies Dallas Pie ShopEmporium Pies Dallas Pie ShopPic courtesy Emporium Pies

Pic courtesy Emporium Pies



Continue to enjoy the holiday cheer and spirit while you wander through dozens of antique shops like the fun and eclectic Bear Market or The Menagerie to find something special to take home.  Then learn a magic trick together over at Main Street Magic and Fun.



Evening: For more conversation and fine dining, plan for dinner at Eclair Bistro. Be sure to sneak upstairs for live music and an opportunity to snuggle up and dance. If you’re ready for rowdier entertainment and comfort food, The Celt features Irish and other local bands.

Are you wine lovers? For something more low-key, try any or all of the three quaint wine sellers on McKinney Square: Landon, Lone Star and McKinney Wine Merchant on Virginia St. 


 I just couldn’t fit all of the wonderful holiday experiences here, so you might have to plan a second holidate before the season comes to a close. Have a lovely time! Leave a comment below and let us know about your special day, or find on Facebook and send a pic!!

Editor’s Note: Can’t make it to McKinney on the Square this weekend? Look for other holiday fun like the Parade of Lights at 6:30 pm on Saturday, December 9th . Or treat you and your sweetie to a Big Screen Classic like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation starring Chevy Chase at Moviehouse & Eatery in McKinney at Craig Ranch on November 29th. 

Teresa Lensch is a Realtor and Historic House Specialist who lives on the edge of the McKinney Historic District. 

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