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Things To Do This Weekend in Franklin & Williamson County, Tennessee (Dec. 1-3)

Things To Do This Weekend in Franklin & Williamson County, Tennessee (Dec. 1-3)

Franklin Christmas Tree Lighting on the Square

The first weekend of December is coming up and there are so many things to do in Franklin and Williamson County, Tennessee! Participate in local holiday traditions at the Christmas Tree Lighting on the Square and The Franklin Christmas Parade, shop for Christmas gifts at the Thompson’s Station Holiday Market and the Franklin Holiday Craft and Food Fair, and so much more! Keep reading to discover special holiday events happening this weekend in Franklin and Williamson County, Tennessee!

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FrankTown Festival of Lights Event Franklin TN


FrankTown Festival of Lights (Nov. 17- Dec. 31st)

The Annual FrankTown Festival of Lights can be found every night from 5- 9pm at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center until December 31st. Presented by FrankTown Open Hearts, this 1.5-mile light show features over 200 light displays synchronized to Christmas music in support of their mission to enhance the lives of at-risk youth through hands-on programming. 


Franklin Tenn Christmas Tree Lighting on the Square in downtown Franklin.


Christmas Tree Lighting on the Square (Dec. 1st)

The City of Franklin’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on The Square will be held this Friday at 6pm. Matthew West is headlining the event, while Franklin local Quintavious Johnson and the Franklin Intermediate School Choir are opening! Mars Petcare will be providing pet-friendly photo opportunities, and Williamson Health will offer free photos with Santa! Join the Franklin community in lighting up the town at the Christmas Tree Lighting on the Square!


Downtown Franklin Art Crawl is an art event that features local artists, live music, guided art tours, galleries, shopping, complimentary refreshments and much more!


Downtown Franklin Art Crawl (Dec. 1st)

Presented by the Arts Council of Williamson County, the monthly Downtown Franklin Art Crawl will take place this Friday from 6- 9pm. This family-friendly event is free to attend, showcasing Williamson County’s local art scene and inviting the community to view and purchase all kinds of art! Studios, galleries, live music, and free refreshments can be found throughout Franklin’s historic downtown for this fun art event! 


Vintage Christmas Tree Buttercream Cake Class in Franklin at Sugar Drop.


Christmas Tree Cake Class (Dec. 2nd)

Sugar Drop Cafe & Dessert Boutique will be hosting a Vintage Buttercream Christmas Tree Cake Class this Saturday from 9- 10:30am. This cake class is great for anyone interested in a fun way to celebrate the holiday season! Students ages 8 and older will create a vintage-inspired, Christmas tree shaped cake with buttercream at this creative cake class!


Morning with Santa in Brentwood, TN at the John P. Holt Brentwood Library, Santa Claus holds a gift in mittens on a Christmas tree, festive mood.


Morning with Santa (Dec. 2nd)

The John P. Holt Brentwood Library’s Annual Morning with Santa will take place this Saturday from 9- 11am. Meet Santa Claus and give him your Christmas wish list before enjoying a dazzling and hilarious performance from magician Scott Humston! Get your tickets at the Children’s Service Desk for this fun Christmas tradition!



Farmers Markets (Dec. 2nd)

Williamson County’s farmers markets provide the perfect opportunity to support local farmers, kitchens, and artisans! 

  • The Franklin Farmers Markets can be found every Saturday morning behind The Factory at Franklin, featuring vendors with fresh produce, baked goods, handcrafted items, local art, and more.
  • The Nolensville Farmers Market can be found every Saturday morning at Mill Creek Church of Christ, where farmers and artisans offer fresh, seasonal foods, unique crafts, and more! 



Thompson’s Station Holiday Market (Dec. 2nd)

Thompson’s Station Holiday Market will be held this Saturday afternoon at Homestead Manor from 10am- 3pm. This holiday market will offer a variety of items from local artisans, crafters, and small businesses! Support these local makers and get your Christmas shopping done at Thompson’s Station Holiday Market this Saturday afternoon!


Santa Brunch Downtown Franklin_1799 Kitchen & Cocktails Restaurant


Santa Brunch (Dec. 2- 3rd)

1799 Kitchen & Cocktails in The Harpeth Hotel will be hosting a Santa Brunch this Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am- 2pm. Meet Santa Claus at this special North Pole-themed event to let him know what you want for Christmas and take pictures! The elves will be crafting spirited drinks for those who found themselves on the naughty list, so spend a weekend afternoon at this all-ages holiday brunch!


Anne Taylor Duease Trunk Show Leiper's Fork TN


Anne Taylor Duease Trunk Show (Dec. 2nd)

The Copper Fox Gallery in Leiper’s Fork invites you to the Anne Taylor Duease Trunk Show this Saturday from 11am- 3pm. Browse through and shop for beautiful jewelry and handcrafted items by artisan and jeweler Anne Taylor Duease at this local trunk show. You are sure to find a unique gift for yourself or someone special! 


The Franklin Christmas Parade in downtown Franklin, Tenn., presented by the Downtown Franklin Rotary Club


The Franklin Christmas Parade (Dec. 2nd)

The Annual Franklin Christmas Parade will be held in downtown Franklin this Saturday afternoon at 2pm. Newly presented by the Downtown Franklin Rotary Club, this iconic event has been a Franklin holiday tradition for over 30 years. The Franklin Christmas Parade invites the community to come together and celebrate the Christmas season, with local performers and floats marching through the streets of the historic downtown Franklin!


Deck the Howls Event in Franklin, Tennessee, children can read to shelter pets, decorate cookies, create ornaments and visit with Santa.


Deck the Howls (Dec. 2nd)

Hosted by the Williamson County Animal Center, you are invited to Deck the Howls this Saturday from 3- 5:30pm. Kids ages 4-12 will cozy up and read holiday stories with adoptable shelter pets, decorate cookies, create Christmas ornaments, take part in animal trivia, and meet Santa Claus at this paw-some holiday event!



Holiday Craft & Food Fair in Franklin, Tennessee, at Stoney Creek.


Holiday Craft and Food Fair (Dec. 3rd)

Mark your calendars for the Holiday Food and Craft Fair in Franklin at Stoney Creek Farm this Sunday from 1- 4pm. Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts at affordable prices at this Holiday Craft Fair, with local artisans selling their handmade gift items, paintings, cards, baked goods, and more! Nature Explorers Homeschool Enrichment Program will also have a booth for you to make your own holiday crafts! 


Festive 5K Fun Run & Walk in Brentwood, TN, Participants wearing Santa outfits.


Festive 5k (Dec. 3rd)

Fleet Feet Nashville will be hosting a Festive 5k Fun Run and Toy Drive in support of Last Minute Toy Store at River Park in Brentwood this Sunday at 2pm. Walk or run this Festive 5k and enjoy holiday cookies with hot chocolate once you finish! $5 gets you a Santa suit or Hanukkah headband, and you can bring a new toy or gift card worth $10-$25 to get a raffle ticket for a new pair of ASICS shoes!


Thompson’s Station Christmas Tree Lighting


Thompson’s Station Christmas Tree Lighting (Dec. 3rd)

The 2nd Annual Thompson’s Station Tree Lighting will be held at Sarah Benson Park this Sunday from 3- 5pm. Hosted by Thompson’s Station Community Association, this holiday event includes photos with Santa, live entertainment, local food trucks, hot chocolate, and more! Celebrate the Christmas season at Thompson’s Station Christmas Tree Lighting!


Brentwood Christmas Tree Lighting Event_Brighten Brentwood


Christmas in Brentwood (Dec. 3rd)

Brentwood Academy’s 3rd Annual Christmas in Brentwood will be this Sunday from 3- 7pm. This holiday celebration is completely free, featuring live music, bounce houses, a nativity with live animals, a trackless train, crafts, food trucks, a coffee bar, appearances from Santa Claus, and the lighting of the Great Brentwood Academy Christmas Tree!


The History of The Franklin Theatre in downtown Franklin, Tennessee.


Live Performances 

A Christmas Carol (Dec. 1- 3rd): Star Bright Players will be performing A Christmas Carol: The Musical at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center this weekend! 

A Tuna Christmas (Dec. 1- 3rd): Pull-Tight Players Theatre will be performing A Tuna Christmas this weekend!

Mac McAnally (Dec. 1st): Mac McAnally will be playing at The Franklin Theatre this Friday at 8pm!

Coby James (Dec. 2nd): Coby James will be playing at Blackberry Meadows Farm in Thompson’s Station this Saturday at 7:30pm! 

Here We Come A Caroling (Dec. 2nd): The Williamson County Community Chorus will be performing their free Holiday Concert at First Presbyterian Church of Franklin this Saturday at 4pm and 7pm! 

Christmas with The Dryes (Dec. 2nd): Experience Christmas with The Dryes at The Franklin Theatre this Saturday at 4pm and 8pm!

A Gospel Christmas Celebration (Dec. 3rd): Trinity Methodist Church invites you to Love! A Gospel Christmas Celebration this Sunday at 3pm!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Dec. 3rd): The Franklin Theatre will be showing National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation this Sunday at 7pm! 


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