ENNIS — Although historically known for its Polka festival and Czech-influence, Ennis is alive with holiday magic.

The Lights of Ennis Committee along with city staff are busy preparing for the annual Christmas Parade of Lights and Block Party that takes place in the heart of downtown Ennis on Thursday, Dec. 1.

According to a City of Ennis press release, the festivities include a block party complete with dance and musical performances, food trucks, an open house at the Ennis Railroad Museum, children’s crafts and fun photo ops with Santa and the Grinch. The parade boasts fantastic floats full of holiday spirit that go right down the middle of historic downtown. Santa Claus will cap the show as the always community favorite.

The release also states that there will be a grand tree lighting with a 50-foot and two 30-foot digitally lit trees. Pierce Park will come alive with colorfully lit trees and a "12 Days of Christmas" display. The Harvesters, a four-part harmony gospel quartet, will be singing holiday classics following the parade.

"The event is full of wonderful music, lights, friendly faces and good old-fashioned holiday cheer," the release reads. "It is the perfect way to kick-off the holiday season with family and friends and is sure to be a memorable night.

Other upcoming holiday events in downtown Ennis include:

Dec. 2-4: New Hope Christmas Celebration

Dec. 3 from 10 a.m.—4 p.m.: Lucky’s CC Car Show and Toy Drive

Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m.: Our Lady of Guadalupe Procession

Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.: Polar Express Movie Night

For more information and a full schedule of events for Dec 1, contact the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau at (972) 878-4748 or follow "Ennis, TX: A Main Street City" on Facebook.