Shawnee's holiday season is now officially open.

Shawnee's holiday season is now officially open.

On Friday, at Celebration of Life Park, Shawnee elementary schools and area performers entertained residents as downtown merchants, food trucks and mobile vendors offered their wares. The highlight of the evening was the lighting of downtown's Christmas Tree.

The monthly Block Party event also added another element — a farmers market with fresh produce, in line with the Blue Zones Project's initiative to make healthy choices more readily available to the community.

In cooperation with Blue Zones Project and the Historical Shawnee Alliance, SEFF plans to incorporate a farmers market element into Third Fridays regularly — likely during the harvest months of March through October, Bolt said.

The market also was set up at the park, on the 300 block of Main Street, just south of the public library.

Christmas Parade

The annual Christmas parade is set for Dec. 7. Coinciding with Pearl Harbor Day, SEFF has chosen a patriotic theme for floats and entrants for the event.

The parade returns to Main Street — after a brief stint on Broadway last year while Streetscape was under construction. Along Main Street from Beard to Minnesota, several stages and performers will line the route so attendees can spread out and see the attractions better, Bolt said.

Performers will begin entertaining the crowd at 6 p.m. and the parade will start at 7 p.m.