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Matthew West to Headline 2023 Franklin Christmas Tree Lighting

Matthew West to Headline 2023 Franklin Christmas Tree Lighting

Franklin’s Own Quintavious Johnson to Open, Franklin Intermediate School Choir Returns

Matthew West at the Franklin Christmas Tree Lighting Downtown Franklin, Tennessee.Franklin—The City of Franklin is excited to light up the square on Friday, December 1st, for the 2023 Christmas Tree Lighting on the Square, one of the best tree lighting events in Middle Tennessee!

Our headliner, Matthew West, is a five-time GRAMMY® nominee, ASCAP’s 2023 Golden Note Award recipient, and NSAI’s 2022 Songwriter-Artist of the Year. He has received an American Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, K-LOVE Fan Awards, GMA Dove Awards and was named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year. Dubbed “one of Christian music’s most prolific singer-songwriters” by Billboard, West has been awarded RIAA Gold and Platinum certifications and notched 30 number-one songs combined as an artist and songwriter. He recently released his original Christmas song “Because of Bethlehem” following last year’s tune “Come Home for Christmas.” West’s latest album MY STORY YOUR GLORY is out now and he is currently captivating audiences nationwide on tour. He’s headlined this event before and the City is so excited he’s coming back for 2023!

Quintavious Johnson_Your Grace_Franklin Christmas Tree Lighting CeremonyOpening for Matthew will be a Franklin Favorite, Quintavious Johnson, who appeared on America’s Got Talent at just 12 years old! He made it to the semifinals and finals where he placed fifth. That little boy is now a young man with a successful gospel singing career.

The Freedom Intermediate School choir, led by Director Candace Adams, will return this year to sing holiday favorites.

Middle Tennessee Electric (MTE) is the presenting sponsor for the 2023 Franklin Tree Lighting Ceremony. Integrated Production Solutions (IPS), based in Franklin, is the production team for this event and is also a sponsor.

Free photos with Santa will be provided by Williamson Health beginning at 6:00 p.m. Mars Petcare is offering a pet-friendly photo opportunity on the square!

“We thank our partners who help us give this special gift to our community. This is one of our wonderful events that makes Franklin one of the best towns in the country, especially during the Christmas season,” said Mayor Ken Moore.

The Franklin Art Scene will also have the Art Crawl that night happening in many stores from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Franklin Noon Rotary will hand out free refreshments from the City of Franklin.

The festivities begin at 6 p.m. on December 1st. Performances will start at 6:40 p.m. We expect to light the tree at 7:15 p.m. For more details visit