Annual Holiday Events in Shawnee, Oklahoma (2019 UPDATES)

by Jenna Lee

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2019 Holiday Events in Shawnee, Oklahoma

Thanksgiving is coming up fast and so are the Christmas activities. Celebrate the holidays in Shawnee, Oklahoma at one (or all!) of these local events. For more details and information, just follow the links I’ve provided in each section.

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Shawnee Annual Tree Lighting

christmas tree with lights

When: November 15, 2019 

Where: Downtown Shawnee at the Celebration of Life Park.

Cost: Free

For many, the holiday season officially begins with lighting of the Christmas tree. Head to Downtown Shawnee for an evening of family fun at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Shawnee will officially kick off the holiday season on November 15, 2019 with food trucks, pop-up shops, as well as various choirs and entertainers. Many storefronts on Main street will be open for shoppers to peruse, grab dinner, or warm up with a cup of coffee. 

Stay tuned for more details.

View the Annual Tree Lighting Evening Event Schedule

Jenna’s Downtown Shawnee Favorites

Food: Hamburger King

Serving the best hamburers in town since 1927, Hamburger King will win you over with both the food and the experience. Call in your order right from the table and enjoy a warm meal “back in time” at this old 1930’s diner. You can find Hamburger King on the corner of Main and Oklahoma.

Drink: Gathering Place Coffee Co

The Gathering Place Coffee Co is located just east of the intersection of Main and Oklahoma. Made with Topeca coffee beans roasted just up the highway in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this cleverly crafted cup of joe is a perfect respite from the wintery air. Not a coffee drinker? Plenty of freshly brewed teas are available as well. If you’re in the mood for a little (ok, big) treat, Redbird Bakery operates within the coffee shop as well offering a variety of pastries to pair with your perfect drink.

The Gathering Place Shawnee Ok

Working and enjoying the best mocha in town!

Shopping: Richards Drug and Savvy Bites

Right next door to Hamburger King is the most well known pharmacy in town. Richards Drug is locally owned and has been in business at 324 E. Main since 1939 (also at the Main and Oklahoma intersection). Jamie and her staff continue to offer top notch service with a personal touch. What most don’t know about this charming little drug store is that it’s also the perfect place to find unique gifts and home decor.

Savvy Bites is also a favorite because of their supply of specialty items.  This little Main Street shop is chock full of gifts, gadgets and specialty food items. If you enjoy cooking, you MUST check out their extensive supply of infused balsamics and olive oils. You’ll find this shop between Union and Bell.

Shawnee Santa Ride (TBA)

When: TBA

Where: TBA

Cost: Free

This year, Spokelahoma and the SEFF are hosting the Shawnee Santa Ride. Grab your bicycle and meet at the spOKeLAHOMA shop on Main Street for free refreshments and an hour of fun cruising the streets on two wheels. Participants will ride through nearby neighborhoods to admire the Christmas lights and return to Main Street just in time for the Tree Lighting Ceremony. If you’re not too shy, dress up as Santa or one of his elves!

Annual Hanging of the Green

When: TBA

Where: OBU Raley Chapel

Cost: Free

The Christmas spirit runs deep at OBU’s annual Hanging of the Green. This tradition dating back over 80 years celebrates the season, honors outstanding seniors and promotes peace within the community. Mark your calendars for an evening filled with beautiful carols and peaceful fellowship. 

Sassafras Shopping Event

When: November 15 – 16, 2019

Where: Shawnee Expo

Cost: Entry is Free. Shop ’til you drop!

Support local artists and vendors by stocking up on Christmas gifts at the annual Sassafras Shopping Event. Held at the Shawnee Expo, this event is an opportunity to find one-of-a-kind gift items for yourself or someone else. Furniture, jewelry, vintage items and handmade products are just a few of what you’ll find here. The best part about the Sassafras Shopping Event is that you score amazing finds while your money stays right here in Oklahoma.

christmas gifts

Shawnee Christmas Parade of Lights

When: December 5, 2019 

Where: Main Street

Cost: Free

Stay tuned for more information as well as pre and post event activities hosted by local businesses.


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