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How to Celebrate the Holidays in Franklin, TN

How to Celebrate the Holidays in Franklin, TN

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The “Noel” sign is up, the halls are decked, and Franklin, Tennessee is looking forward to an incredible holiday season! If you’ve never experienced the magic of Franklin during the holidays, you’re indeed missing out. Get in on the action and check out these nine holiday-themed events to get you into the holiday spirit!

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Franklin Tree Lighting

December 1

The holiday season in Franklin, Tennessee officially kicks off when the tree in Downtown Franklin is lit for all to see! This year, the City of Franklin will bring a multi-media extravaganza to the historic downtown square. The event features choirs from local middle and high schools, special music performances, and appearances from local and national celebrities like the Peanuts gang! This years tree lighting coincides with December Art Scene, so be sure to visit local shops like Gallery 202 and the Visitor Center for more holiday fun.

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Jars of Clay Family Christmas Show

December 1

Jars of Clay will join special guests Ashley Cleveland, SHEL, and Jakob Lewis on stage at the Factory at Franklin for a night of holiday music and stories. This is Jars of Clay’s only winter performance this year, and it’s one you don’t want to miss!

Studio Tenn’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

December 1 – 23

C.S. Lewis’ critically acclaimed tale of Narnia makes its debut at Studio Tenn this holiday season! Adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe will allow viewers to enter a winter wonderland behind the wardrobe where animals talk, trees walk, and the White Witch rules the landscape.

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Take a Trolley Ride

All Month Long

The holiday lights in Franklin, Tennessee are show-stopping! Hop aboard Hello Trolley or the Holly Trolley Lights Tour for a holiday experience you won’t soon forget.

Visitor Center Storytime

Holiday Storytime at the Visitor Center

December 2, 9, 16

Looking for the perfect holiday photo opp? Stop by the Visitor Center for storytime on December 2, 9, and 16! Holiday characters like The Sugarplum Fairy, Elsa & Olaf, and the Big Man Himself (Santa Claus!) will make an appearance and read some of their favorite stories to children. Space is limited, so arrive early to grab your seat.

Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade

December 9

The Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade truly is a one-of-a-kind event! From skits performed by locals to pigs strutting their stuff, you never know who (or what!) you’ll see at the Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade.

Dickens of a Christmas

December 9 & 10

A time-honored tradition, Dickens of a Christmas will return to Downtown Franklin on December 9 & 10. The festival, in its 33rd year, will feature holiday characters, live music, street vendors, and more! This year, there will even be an ice skating rink in Downtown Franklin, so bring the whole family and enjoy this holiday staple!

Catch a Holiday Movie at the Franklin Theatre

All Month Long

Sometimes when it’s cold out, all you want to do is curl up and watch some holiday movies. Lucky for you, the Franklin Theatre has you covered! Grab a large popcorn and a coke and settle in for an afternoon movie like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, or The Polar Express.

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Take a Winter Hike

December 26 – 28

After your Christmas feast, you may want to go outside and get a little exercise. Don’t miss Marshmallow Hikes at Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary on December 27 & 28. And for those of you still looking to chow down before your New Year’s Resolutions kick in, each hike ends with a hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows.


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