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Franklin Does Christmas Right, featuring Cindy Laverty of Discovering Franklin

Visit Franklin is so excited to have Cindy Laverty of Discovering Franklin join us as a guest blogger! Cindy joins us as an event correspondent and is bringing you the best of the live music and events scene happening in Williamson County. To learn more about Cindy, be sure to follow her blog and check her out on Facebook

Unseasonably warm weather (think 70 degrees in mid-December) brought throngs of folks from all over Middle Tennessee and even a bit further, to Downtown Franklin and Leiper’s Fork this past weekend because, frankly, Williamson County does Christmas right!

I love everything about Christmas, so imagine my pure joy when I first attended Dickens of a Christmas! Now three years later…I look forward to it with some kind of childlike wonder that I really can’t describe. It’s a long way from the bustling of Los Angeles and once again, I’m reminded that tradition and community are what make Franklin so special in so many ways.

Thanks to the Heritage Foundation for bringing the magic of Christmases past to our beloved town; Dickens of a Christmas is always an enchanting weekend and Mr. Dickens himself would be proud.

Characters at Dickens

From the Cratchitt Family to Mr. Scooge…Jacob Marley and Father Christmas along with Fagin and Oliver Twist, there is a magic in the air that, well, you really have to experience. Costumed dancers and artisans along with sugarplums and chestnuts roasting over an open fire, transport you to another place and time in our Sweet Franklin.

Dickens of a Christmas

Each year our sweet Franklin is decked out in holiday splendor and inasmuch as I was quietly hoping for snow (no such luck), Historic Downtown Franklin puts on quite a show.


After traveling back in time for Dickens, I headed out to Leiper’s Fork for the “Almost World Famous Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade.”

Leiper's Fork Christmas Parade

Okay y’all – this is about as unique and quirky as it gets. From the elaborate dress at Dickens to Berkshire Sows, enormous donkeys, a Marching Band that doesn’t march, Bag Pipers, the most enormous Malamute you’ve ever seen and the ever lovely, Naomi Judd as the Grand Marshall, Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade is something you really have to experience for yourself.


I’m not sure Leiper’s Fork was prepared for the turnout this year, but once again, from a tiny idea grew a major production that gets bigger every year. The Parade raised money for the Williamson County Animal Rescue and I’m really hoping that every dog that walked in the parade now has a forever home. (To get a peek behind the scenes of the parade, take a gander at my blog.)

Naomi Judd

Sometimes only pictures can tell the story and I’m pretty sure that THIS PARADE is one of those stories. You really have to see it to believe it. I’ve tried explaining it to friends who have never been and they look at me like I’ve had an out of body experience.


Final Thoughts…

I have my thoughts about why each of these events draws such crowds and I believe with all the turmoil in our world, so many of us are just wanting to come home and somehow in our little slice of paradise, Dickens and Leiper’s Fork feel like home…and what a blessing that is.

Wishing you the blessings of the season.


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