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Downtown Franklin Christmas to Do List

Downtown Franklin Christmas to Do List

It’s that time of the year again! Holiday season is in full swing, and if you’ve been searching for some holly jolly Christmas activities in Franklin, Tennessee, then you’ve come to the right place. From s’mores celebrations to a sea of Christmas trees, you’re bound to find some Holiday Cheer to enjoy with your friends and family.

Here are some of the best spots to enjoy this Christmas season in Franklin, Tennessee:

  1. Take a Photo with Santa
  2. Leiper’s Fork S’mores Celebration
  3. Christmas Movie Showings at The Franklin Theatre
  4. Main Street Franklin
  5. The Franktown Festival of Lights
  6. The Factory at Franklin’s Trees of Christmas
  7. Christmas Parades
  8. The Candy Cane Hunt
  9. Franklin’s Dickens of Christmas

Take a Photo with Santa

When it comes to the holiday season, what could be more jolly than spending some time with Santa Claus! Through December 24th, you can find Santa and his helpers visiting Franklin, Tennessee’s Cool Springs Galleria.

Bring your kids for a picture with Santa that will last for years to come. Or, if you’re child free, gather up some of your best pals and take a goofy photo with Santa Claus and some elves. After you’re done visiting our favorite Christmas guest, pop into some of the shops and get the rest of your Christmas shopping done!

Leiper’s Fork S’mores Celebration

Leiper’s Fork is home to some adorable shops, eateries, and art galleries. Over the holidays, this sweet little village becomes even more charming. With bright lights and holiday cheer, you’re bound to find a s’mores station at one of the fire pits outside of David Arms or Leiper’s Creek Galleries.

As you enjoy the Christmas ambiance, finish up your holiday shopping list, or come to town just for the s’mores celebration, Leiper’s Fork is the perfect place to enjoy a warm fire and a sweet treat with your friends and family this holiday season.

Christmas Movie Showings at The Franklin Theatre

Highly considered to be the most wonderful time of the year, what’s better than curling up and enjoying some classic Christmas movies this holiday season. At The Franklin Theatre, one of Main Street’s classic storefronts, you can do just that!

The Franklin Theatre is the perfect setting to enjoy a holiday movie this December. Showing classics such as Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, The Polar Express, It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story and more, you’re bound to catch a showing of your favorite Christmas movie this season.

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Main Street Franklin 

Main Street in Downtown Franklin is home to some of the cutest storefronts you may have ever seen. With its unique historical vibe and finest holiday decorations, Main Street Franklin is serving all of the Christmas Spirit this season.

With an oversized Christmas tree on the square, classic Christmas lights, and beautifully decorated storefronts, you’ll feel like you walked into a winter wonderland or even a Christmas movie! While Franklin, Tennessee might be lacking some holiday snow this year, be sure to stop in at one of the local ice cream shops to get a little taste of extra cold this holiday season.

The Franktown Festival of Lights

Are you a fan of extreme Christmas light displays? This year, featured for its second year in a row, The Franktown Festival of Lights is featuring a whole mile of dazzling light displays! Located at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center, visitors are able to view the extensive light display from the comfort of their cars. With over 200 light displays and some synchronized Christmas music, this light show will be up from November 22 until December 28. Tickets are $25 per car.

The Factory at Franklin’s Trees of Christmas

Bring on the Christmas cheer with The Factory and Franklin’s Trees of Christmas! With over 40 real Christmas trees, all decorated by local artisans and merchants, you and your family can soak up some holiday spirit.

Grab some yummy holiday treats at Honest Roasters or Five Daughters Bakery and frocklic among the Christmas tree displays! Maybe even make a list of your top favorites and share amongst your friends and family.

Christmas Parades

This Christmas season, The Franklin Christmas Parade will run on December 7th in downtown Franklin and December 14th in Leiper’s Fork. Be sure to check out the ornate holiday floats as they wind down through the streets. You may even catch a glimpse of Santa Claus! Festivities start around 2pm for both parade celebrations.

The Candy Cane Hunt

Another annual holiday favorite, the Candy Cane Hunt is the perfect event for your kids to enjoy some Christmas cheer! This year, the City of Franklin plans to leave candy canes throughout Eastern Flank Battlefield Park to be found on December 13th.

Your children can not only enjoy the fun that comes with a candy cane hunt, but prior to the scavenge, kids can decorate bags for their holiday treats. Enjoy some hot chocolate, cookies and more as you battle the cold during the hunt. Participants must bring a flashlight, but all other supplies will be provided. Pre-registration and an entry are required. For more information, call 615-794-2103 or visit here.

Franklin’s Dickens of a Christmas 

Middle Tennessee’s largest outdoor Christmas festival, Dickens of a Christmas is held by the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County. Hosted this year from December 11th through December 12th, this festival recreates the time of Charles Dickens using historic downtown Franklin’s charming architecture as the backdrop.

Enjoy the historic festivities as you interact with a variety of musicians, dancers, and Dickens characters as they fill the streets. Expect to see classic holiday story characters from Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and many more. Franklin’s Dickens of a Christmas strives to enrich and preserve the historic charm and enduring spirit of Franklin, Tennessee each holiday season.


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