Bitter cold temperatures predicted for the Annual Home for the Holidays event in McKinney gave many hope that the event would be a winter wonderland of white snow. Instead, cold rain threatened to dampen the event. However, for many McKinney residents, the annual event is a holiday tradition and the turnout on Friday and Saturday was much larger than anticipated.

Tree Lighting

Approximately 150 people, clad in raincoats to remain dry, attended the tree-lighting ceremony led by Mayor Brian Loughmiller on Friday evening. This year, after a community-inspired fundraising campaign, the city decorated a real, 30-foot tree. This was the first real tree placed in the city in many years, according to Amy Rosenthal, director of McKinney Main Street and the McKinney Performing Arts Center. The weather was harsh, but the lighting of the tree went off as planned.

Attendance Down

Although many braved the elements to shop and enjoy the downtown area’s holiday festivities, attendance was down from previous years. The city made the decision to move some of the popular outdoor attractions indoors during the festival. Bay Willow Design hosted Santa Claus and other popular children’s activities were moved into local businesses in order to continue the traditions many families come to expect as part of the festival. Unfortunately, with even harsher weather predicted for Sunday, the city decided to cancel the activities planned for Sunday. They performed another tree-lighting on Monday evening when the weather cleared somewhat.

Visitors From Outside McKinney

The Home for the Holidays event is not just a tradition for families within McKinney, but for those who live in surrounding area. As many as 2,000 people arrived on Monday evening to see the second tree lighting which also featured a laser show. The temperatures were still cold, but the rain subsided. The city also announced that many of the strolling entertainers that are a popular feature of the event, including stilt-walkers and living statues, would appear in the square throughout the holiday season. Many of the entertainers were unable to perform in the rain, but are so anticipated, the city chose to bring them back for random appearances in the square.

Despite the inclement weather, McKinney kicked off the holiday season with its traditional Home for the Holiday event to the joy of many residents and visitors. AAA Air is proud to be a part of the McKinney Community. We offer all types of HVAC service, repair and installation. Contact us today for a complete review of your HVAC system or if you are in need of repairs. Our experienced technicians are available to review your current system and recommend any upgrades, adjustments or changes that could make your system operate more efficiently. Visit us online or give us a call today to set up an appointment for your heating or air conditioning system to keep your family warm during rainy, cold days and cool when the temperature rises to uncomfortable levels.