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The Heritage Foundation’s 36th Annual Dickens of a Christmas Returns Dec. 11 and 12

The Heritage Foundation’s 36th Annual Dickens of a Christmas Returns Dec. 11 and 12

Presented by First Citizens National Bank, Dickens brings authentic Victorian holiday cheer to historic downtown Franklin

Due to the threat of inclement weather, the opening ceremony for the Dickens of a Christmas festival has been moved to 12:00 pm on Saturday, December 11. 

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s 36th annual Dickens of a Christmas presented by First Citizens National Bank will return to downtown Franklin on Saturday, Dec. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 12. Dickens of a Christmas originated as a means to attract guests to experience the shops and ambience of downtown Franklin but has now become one of the area’s most cherished annual traditions.

The event features holiday-inspired food and drink, children’s activities, live music, and outstanding arts and crafts featuring seasonal and specialty gift items, that come together to recreate the time of Charles Dickens using historic downtown Franklin’s charming architecture as the backdrop. A variety of musicians, dancers and Dickens characters will fill the streets. Expect to see and interact with the nefarious Fagin from Oliver Twist, Ebenezer Scrooge, and more.

The event is free and open to the public on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM and Sunday, Dec. 12 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The festival will feature several new additions as well as traditions from the past including the Victorian Village, KidZone presented by Grace Chapel, the Main Stage presented by the Church at West Franklin, an Acoustic Stage presented by Lipscomb University, Whiskey Lounge presented by Leiper’s Fork Distillery, the Beer Garden presented by Bavarian Bierhaus, photo opportunities with Santa and Dickens characters, and much more.

Saturday’s Main Stage Presented by The Church at West Franklin:

10:00 AM Special Guest Performance

10:30 AM Franklin First United Methodist Church Handbells

11:10 AM Grassland Elementary

11:50 AM Overture

12:30 PM Franklin’s Christmas Jazz Trio

1:10 PM Pitch Perfect from Act Too Players

1:50 PM Lipscomb

3:10 PM Franklin Light Opera

3:50 PM West Franklin Choir

4:30 PM Janice Gaines

5:30 PM Town Sing

Sunday’s Main Stage Presented by The Church at West Franklin:

11:10 AM Southern Irish Dance

12:40 PM The Church at West Franklin Choir

1:20 PM Kendall Ray

2:30 PM Bluegrass Band

3:10 PM The Master’s Brass

3:40 PM Yule Tide Carolers

4:00 PM Processional to Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church

4:15 PM Town Sing at Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church

Saturday’s Lipscomb University Acoustic Stage:

12:00 PM Addison Gossage

12:20 PM Radio Farm

1:00 PM Radio Farm

1:30 PM Storytime

2:30 PM Ele Ivory

3:00 PM Addison Gossage

3:30 PM Lilly Kopp

4:00 PM Storytime

5:00 PM Lexi Gail

Sunday’s Lipscomb University Acoustic Stage:

1:00 PM Storytime

2:30 PM The Academy

3:00 PM River & Rail

3:30 PM Craig Hendricks

As this year’s presenting sponsor, First Citizens National Bank’s financial support will assist with the production of Dickens of a Christmas.

“Dickens of a Christmas has become a holiday staple in our community and we are proud to support the Heritage Foundation again this year as they create a special experience for the residents of Williamson County.” David Hopkins, regional president of First Citizens National Bank shared.

To learn more about this year’s Dickens of a Christmas presented by First Citizens National Bank, visit


About The Heritage Foundation

Since 1967, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County has been dedicated to preserving Williamson County’s architectural, geographic and cultural heritage as well as promoting the ongoing revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation. Notable projects include The Franklin Theatre, Roper’s Knob, parts of the Franklin battlefield and the Old, Old Jail. Events and festivals produced by the Heritage Foundation such as Main Street Festival, the Heritage Ball, PumpkinFest and Dickens of a Christmas bring hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors to downtown Franklin each year. The Heritage Foundation owns and operates The Franklin Theatre, the Downtown Franklin Association, and the organization’s newest division and current restoration project, Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens. For more information about the Heritage Foundation,