Christmas Tree Lighting at the Square
Friday, Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m.
Historic Downtown Franklin
The city of Franklin will light up the downtown square Friday, Dec. 6, at the 2019 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, and special guests are slated to join.
The Freedom Intermediate School Honors Choir will sing, and Jars of Clay, led by local Franklin resident Dan Haseltine, will also perform. Plus, former “Today Show” cohost and new Franklin resident Kathie Lee Gifford will emcee the event.
Other fun activities will include a pre-show performance from the Studio Tenn presentation of “Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” with a couple songs from the upcoming musical on tap. Rudolph and Hermie from Gaylord Opryland’s “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” will be available for photo opportunities, and free photos with Santa will be provided by Williamson Medical Center beginning at 5:45 p.m. Mars Petcare will offer a pet-friendly photo opportunity on the square.
The Downtown Franklin Association is participating with fun happenings in downtown stores. They will stay open a little later that night, so shoppers can get an early start on their Christmas shopping. The Franklin Art Scene will also be that night in many downtown stores, while the Franklin Noon Rotary and the Downtown Franklin Rotary will hand out free refreshments. For more details, visit www.franklintn.gov/treelighting.
December Franklin Art Scene
Friday, Dec.6, 6-9 p.m.
Historic Downtown Franklin
Franklin Art Scene will return Friday, Dec. 6 from 6-9 p.m. and will have visitors to Downtown Franklin enjoying holiday lights and decorations along with a wonderful variety of art at more than 25 sites. The December Art Scene will run alongside the annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Square.
The free event celebrates Williamson County’s local craftsmanship and provides both the novice and the art connoisseur an opportunity to see a sweeping variety of magnificent work — from blown glass to turned wood to mixed media and more.
The Franklin Art Scene invites lovers of the arts to stop by all participating locations during the evening’s crawl. The Art Scene trolley is also available for free rides throughout the event, sponsored by Genesis of Cool Springs.
For more information on the Franklin Art Scene, a full list of artists and a map of all featured locations, visit www.franklinartscene.com.
Lotz House Christmas
Fridays and Saturdays in December, 6-9 p.m.
Lotz House, Columbia Avenue
The Lotz House will host a Christmas Candlelight Tour at the historic home every Friday and Saturday in December from 6-9 p.m. The tour will showcase the decorations of the period of the 1864 Battle of Franklin, including fresh décor of pulled cotton, harvested nuts, fresh apples, magnolia branches and cut holly.
Guests will be treated to hot cider and holiday cookies during the tour of the home while they learn about how families decorated and celebrated Christmas. The tour includes all rooms of the house, with a special emphasis on the dining room complete with holiday decorations and even a country ham on display. The fragrances translate Christmas and offers the opportunity to get visitors in the holiday spirit.
Candlelight Tour tickets are $12 per person. For more information, visit www.lotzhouse.com or call 615-790-7190. Groups are welcome.
Studio Tenn presents Rodgers + Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”
Jamison Theater at the Factory at Franklin
Join Studio Tenn this holiday season with Rodgers + Hammerstein's “Cinderella,” the Tony Award®-winning, family-fun musical that will delight audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale.
Fully equipped with an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments audiences love — the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more — this production will transport guests back to a time of fairytales and fairy godmothers. Rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,”“Impossible/It's Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago” in this enchantingly romantic experience for anyone who's ever had a dream. It’s a great opportunity for a family holiday event. For tickets,visit studiotenn.com.
Pull-Tight Players Theatre presents Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas the Musical”
112 Second Ave. South in Historic Downtown Franklin
Based on the beloved timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake.“White Christmas” is an uplifting musical worthy of year-round productions.
Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters headed to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil’s former army commander.
The dazzling score features well known standards including “Blue Skies,”“I Love a Piano,”“How Deep is the Ocean” and the perennial favorite, “White Christmas.”
Franklin Kiwanis Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec.7, 2-4p.m.
Jim Warren Park, Historic Downtown Franklin
The Kiwanis Club of Franklin sponsors this annual celebration of the sights and sounds of Christmas.Santa is taking a break from the North Pole to greet Williamson County residents at the Kiwanis Christmas Parade along Highway 96 West, Bridge Street, 3rd Avenue North, Public Square, Main Street and West Main Street. The theme for this year’s parade is “Holiday Heroes.”
Brentwood Library Holiday Event
Saturday, Dec. 7
John P. Holt Brentwood Library
Morning with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library features, in addition to the man in red, a marvelous magic show. Check the John P. Holt Brentwood Library Facebook page for more information. Tickets may be purchased in advance in person at the Library.
Magician Scott Humston will amaze and delight with his fascinating magic and hilarious showmanship with shows at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Enjoy refreshments, face painting, music, giveaways and, of course, Santa Claus. This is a free program, but advance tickets are required. Contact the Library regarding reserving tickets.
Saturday, Dec. 7, dusk-9 p.m.
The official night to display luminaries in Brentwood neighborhoods is Saturday, Dec. 7. The city sets the date, but each homeowner association plans the details.
To be on the safe side, instead of using candles, try using glow sticks or flameless candles. In the event of rain or inclement weather, the luminary date will be Sunday, Dec. 8. Each neighborhood, usually through its homeowner’s association, makes the final decision on luminary postponement.
Additional details on these events can be found at brentwood-tn.libcal.com.
The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County-35th Annual Dickens of a Christmas
Saturday, Dec.14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Dec.15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Historic Downtown Franklin
The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County-35th annual street festival, Dickens of a Christmas, Presented by First Citizens National Bank, is Middle Tennessee’s largest outdoor Christmas festival.
Dickens will include a re-creation of the Charles Dickens era 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 the epic“A Christmas Carol;” and, of course, a Victorian Father and Mother Christmas offering treats for children.
The festival will include 150 arts and crafts vendors, food trucks and street vendors, and Live Entertainment on three stages.This year’s event will reprise a crowd favorite —it WILL snow at Dickens of a Christmas. Come decked out in holiday style to capture that perfect family picture or dress in Victorian costume to add to the ambiance as you stroll the streets.
The Dickens of a Christmas mobile app will also be updated this year, so go to Apple App Store and Google Play store on Dec. 6 to download it.For more information, visit williamsonheritage.org/events/.
Leiper's Fork Christmas Parade
Saturday, Dec.14, 2-4 p.m.
The Leiper's Fork Christmas Parade is the wackiest parade ever; quirky and fun, this parade highlights a real “country” Christmas. Celebrating its 14thyear, the parade will feature goats, sheep, horses, cows, dogs, antique trucks and tractors, as well as some fun floats and, of course, the big guy himself, Santa,who will hear Christmas wishes before the parade in the Lawn Chair Theatre from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The area is behind Leiper’s Creek Art Gallery.
Parade organizers ask both spectators and participants to make donations to local pet rescues and/or bring gifts for the Williamson County Animal Center. Boxes will be available in the parking fields.Among needed items are towels, Kong toys, bedding, leashes and collars.
Come meet the adoptable pets between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. the day of the parade in the arbor between Puckett’s Grocery of Leiper’s Fork and the Leiper’s Creek Art Gallery. Give yourself, your family and a precious pet seeking a forever home the most memorable Christmas of all. For more information, contact April Cantrell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Franklin Art Scene
Friday, Jan. 3 6 to 9 p.m.
Kick off the new year with worlds of art at the January Art Scene. Galleries and shops which morph into galleries for the evening will have walls filled with gifts you wanted but didn’t receive at Christmas. A Franklin Trolley will run all evening to transport you from one end of downtown Franklin to the other.
Gateway Chamber Orchestra
Monday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m.
The Orchestra will perform “Gran Partita”. Enjoy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s powerful “Gran Partita”. Visit gatewaychamberorchestra.com for ticket and season information.