7 Fun Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Franklin

By Tracy Sellers

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November 17, 2021

Are you new to Franklin, Tennessee, and wondering what kinds of family-friendly activities are available to celebrate Christmas?
Our sweet little town does Christmas right, and transforms into something straight off a movie set! Here are a few ideas to get you started with your search. Hoping your family finds a new favorite tradition to enjoy along the way.

1. Franklin Tree Lighting on the Square
December 3 | 6:00-8:30 pm

Enjoy guest performances from Matthew West, Layla Tucker, and Franklin High School. There will also be photo opportunities with Rudolph, princesses, Santa Claus, and even a pet-friendly option! The Franklin Art Scene will have an Art Crawl through many stores. Free refreshments will be available.
For more information, visit franklintn.gov.

 

2. Franklin Kiwanis Christmas Parade in Downtown Franklin
December 4 | 2:00 pm

The parade will showcase Williamson County high school marching bands as well as performances by choirs and other artists. The parade will end with a special appearance by Santa Claus.
For more information, visit franklintnkiwanischristmasparade.org.

 

3. Dickens of a Christmas in Downtown Franklin
December 11-12 | 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Sponsored by the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, this 36th annual event recreates the time of Charles Dickens using historic Franklin as its backdrop. Guests will enjoy many musicians, dancers, and Dickens characters walking through the streets. Victorian Father and Mother Christmas will have treats for children.
For more information, visit williamsonheritage.org.

 

4. Franklin Holiday Lights Trolley Tours
December 4-23 | Select Days

Hop on one of our cute Franklin trolleys and enjoy a tour of some of Williamson County’s magnificent holiday light displays. Complimentary bottled water and holiday treats are available onboard the trolley.
For ticket information, visit hellotrolley.com/holiday-lights-tours.

 

5. Franktown Festival of Lights
November 25 – December 26 Daily | 5:00-9:00 pm | Williamson County Ag Expo Center

A one-mile drive-through light spectacular that happens nightly and features more than 200 light displays synchronized to Christmas music. You can also enjoy making s’mores around a fire pit and taking a family photo by the 30ft lighted Christmas tree. Proceeds benefit local at-risk children.
For ticket information, visit franktownsfestivaloflights.com.

 

6. Franklin Theater in Downtown Franklin | Select Days in December
Select Days in December

Nothing says Christmas like your favorite holiday movie or concert. Take your family to the historic Franklin Theatre for special viewings of classics like “Elf,” “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “A Polar Express” and more. Enjoy Christmas concerts by Jim Brickman, Jars of Clay and so many more!
For ticket information, visit franklintheatre.com.

 

7. Studio Tenn Holiday Performances
Select Days in December

Get in the holiday spirit with a live theatrical performance of “It’s a Wonderful Life” or “A Christmas Carol.” Performances will be in The Factory at Franklin or the Franklin Theater.
For ticket information, visit studiotenn.com.

 

The Christmas season is the perfect way to get out of the house and spend quality time with those who you love. To see more upcoming events for families and family members of all ages, check out the events page on the ClearView Baptist Church website.

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