50th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes

A 50 year tradition benefitting the Heritage Village at Chestnut Square, a collection of house museums in downtown McKinney.
Enjoy a curated selection of beautifully decorated private residences, plus activities at Chestnut Square and virtual bonus tours.

2 sets of homes; a different collection each of the 2 weekends.

Dec 2 & 3 – Red Tour
10 AM – 5 PM

Dec 9 & 10 – Green Tour
10 AM – 5PM


The 1870 Johnson House at Chestnut Square, all dressed up for the holidays! Special Farmers Market Vendors and Craft sale in the Dulaney House.

Virtual Tour of homes that were on the first tour in 1973!

Advanced Purchase through Dec 1
Regular price $30 each weekend, $50 for both weekends
Tea Tickets purchased separately
Teas in the Bevel House, $15 (advanced purchase only)
Saturday Dec 2 & 9, 9 AM
Sunday Dec 3 & 10, 9 AM

Wrist bands and Tour guides are not available at the homes. They are good for the one visit to each home on the specified weekend, either day you choose to visit.


How it all began

In the late 1960’s, it became evident to McKinney resident Joan Palmer Hughston that the unique heritage of the city needed to be recorded and preserved for those currently living there, future generations and visitors to the region. Beautiful historic structures required atention and care, so with foresight and determination Mrs. Hughston organized a small group of local women to ensure an emblematic sample of the city’s past be maintained, studied, and shared.

Their vision was to establish a village where all who wished to experience buildings, artifacts, and grounds showcasing how people lived during a key period in Collin County history could gather and celebrate their communal past. The first project this dedicated group launched in 1973 was a Christmas tour of homes, with Joan’s Mother-in-Law, Margaret Hughston’s home on Howell Street representing A Children’s Christmas, Joan’s on Louisiana depicting A Victorian Christmas, Ethel Holt showing her farm house as A Farm Christmas, Martha Schubert offering A Family Christmas and Nanette Boyd’s home depicting A Modern Christmas.

Collin County was planning to build a courthouse at the corners of Davis, McDonald and Chestnut Streets, and the two Dulaney homes on Chestnut Street were set for demolition. This group of women argued their cause in front of county commissioners and used the profits from the first Home Tour to purchase the Dulaney House and Dulaney Cottage, and establish the Heritage Guild of Collin County.

That first Home Tour was a Great Success and continues to be so Today!

Please note:
The purchaser recognizes that there are dangers inherent in touring older homes, regardless of reasonable safety measures that can be employed, and as a condition of being permitted to enter the residences on this tour agrees to assume all risk of personal injury or accident or loss or damage to property. Please be aware of the conditions and surroundings.

As these are private residences, certain allergens such as animal residue or food substances may be present, and that homes may or may not have handicap accessibility.

What is more fun than the annual Holiday Tour of Homes?

How about TWO of them? In 2023 we will celebrate the 50th anniversary edition of this special event – the fundraiser that founded Chestnut Square!


Saturday & Sunday, Dec 2 & 3

Saturday & Sunday, Dec 9 & 10


A different collection each weekend


Buy yours NOW for $50

Package good for admission BOTH weekends

Or, become a member and save on events all year long!

$75 Homesteader (Family) Membership

PLUS 2023 Home Tour ticket (2 weekend package)

Low price of $100


Tues, Thurs & Friday 9am - 3pm
Village Tours: Thursday and Saturday at 11am

Contact Us

315 S. Chestnut Street McKinney, TX 75069


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