Franklin will hold its 32nd annual Dickens of a Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sponsored this year by Nissan, the free street festival will recreate the time of Charles Dickens using historic downtown Franklin’s Victorian architecture as the backdrop. Some 200 musicians, dancers and characters will fill the streets, including several from Charles Dickens stories.
Expect to see and interact with the nefarious Fagin from “Oliver Twist;” Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim Cratchit with his parents from “A Christmas Carol;” and of course, a Victorian Father and Mother Christmas with treats for children.
As more attention is turned toward downtown Franklin in both the local and national press, city officials encourage festival-goers to dress in Victorian costume and to add to the ambiance as they stroll the streets.
This year’s event will reprise a crowd favorite from last year: It WILL snow at Dickens of a Christmas. Come decked out in holiday style to capture that perfect family picture.
What to expect:
Favorite Victorian-era activities will return, including sugar plums and roasted chestnuts being sold on the street. Other food vendors will offer heartier old English fare.
A free kids arts and crafts area inside of Landmark Bank sponsored and put on by Rolling Hills Community Church.
A variety of musical and dance performances will take place at 4th and Main, 2nd and Main, 1st and Main and at the Xfinity Stage on the Public Square. Aaron Shust will lead the Town Sing at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Horse-drawn carriage rides on 3rd Ave North, sponsored by Beacon Capital Management, a petting zoo for children and live artisan demonstrations on 3rd Ave South, and more than 100 vendors offering holiday arts and crafts will line Main Street from 2nd to 5th avenues.
A Victorian-themed Stilt Walker and Unicyclist roaming Main Street sponsored by The Heritage at Brentwood.
Each day will conclude with a town sing of classic Christmas carols.
Dickens of a Christmas off-site parking and shuttles will only be available Saturday. Pick-up locations include Church of the City at 828 Murfreesboro Road and Harlinsdale Farm at 239 Franklin Road. The cost is $1 each way and the shuttles will run 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Producing Dickens of a Christmas is just one of the many activities of The Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. Since 1967, the nonprofit group has been dedicated to protecting and preserving Williamson County’s historic, architectural and geographic resources, saving the places that matter.
Dickens of a Christmas is free, but some attractions involve a small fee.