Things To Do This Weekend in Franklin & Williamson County, Tennessee (Dec. 8-10)
Dickens of a Christmas
The weather outside may be frightful, but these local events are so delightful! Whether you are excited for the annual Dickens of a Christmas, want to catch a holiday performance, or taste some festive cocktails, you are in the right place. There are plenty of holiday activities to enjoy this weekend in Franklin and Williamson County, Tennessee, so make sure to add these events to your agenda!
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The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s 38th Annual Dickens of a Christmas will be held in historic downtown Franklin this Saturday and Sunday! Dickens of a Christmas is a Franklin holiday tradition that recreates the time of Charles Dickens, featuring over 200 Dickens characters, dancers, musicians, live entertainment, a KidZone, local vendors, and more with a historic backdrop. Interact with the past at Dickens of a Christmas, Middle Tennessee’s largest outdoor Christmas festival!
Presented by FrankTown Open Hearts, you can find the annual FrankTown Festival of Lights at the Williamson County Ag Expo Center every night from 5- 9pm until December 31st. The 1.5-mile light show features over 200 displays synchronized to Christmas music in support of FrankTown Open Hearts’ mission to enhance the lives of at-risk youth through hands-on programming.
Holiday Movies at The Franklin Theatre
The Franklin Theatre will be showing some Christmas classics this weekend! Miracle on 34th Street will play this Saturday at 10am, Home Alone will play this Saturday at 9pm, and The Santa Clause will be playing this Sunday at 10am. Enjoy a nostalgic setting and fresh popcorn while watching your favorite holiday movies at The Franklin Theatre!
Eastern Flank Battlefield Park will be sprinkled with candy canes this Thursday and Friday for The City of Franklin’s Annual Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt! Kids ages 2-12 are invited to dress in their best Christmas outfits, decorate their treat bags, bring a flashlight, and search for some holiday candy – hot chocolate and cookies will be provided!
The Holiday Spirits Cocktail Festival will be held this Friday evening in The Factory at Franklin from 6:30- 9:30pm. Celebrate the season with festive cocktails, shopping, Christmas music, visits with Santa Claus, and more! One ticket provides you with 12 sample-sized signature cocktails in support of TennGreen Land Conservancy, so check out this spirited night for a great cause!
The Economic Development Advisory Committee and the Town of Nolensville will be teaming up with local businesses, organizations, churches, and subdivisions to offer the community festive photo stops throughout Nolensville! Capture Christmas memories and explore the town at more than 20 locations until January 1st. Check out their website for more information on where you can find these Holiday Photo Stops!
Southall Farm & Inn will be hosting AGLOW, a candlelit dinner party, in their Orchard Event Center this Friday at 6:30pm and Saturday at 9:30pm. The farm has entered the winter season, and so has the harvest – enjoy a multi-course meal of winter produce and the Southall culinary team’s preservation techniques this weekend!
Chestnut Grove Studios will be hosting their Saturday Morning Art Club this Saturday at the Oasis Health Center in Spring Hill from 10am- 12pm. Explore new techniques and tools at this fun, monthly workshop – December’s project will consist of using acrylics to paint on a wooden panel! Supplies, instruction, and community are included, so stop by this Saturday Morning Art Club in Spring Hill!
Carolers from local schools will gather in The Factory at Franklin this Saturday from 10am- 3:30pm to serenade the community with holiday classics! Santa will also be visiting, so you can meet him in his huge rocking chair next to the giant Christmas tree in The Factory at Franklin’s Grand Hall. Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy a festive afternoon in The Factory at Franklin!
The Leiper’s Fork “Almost World Famous” Christmas Parade will be held this Saturday afternoon at 2pm. The 2023 Grand Marshals are Wynonna Judd and Cactus Moser! The main road through the village will be closed down for this free holiday event, so arrive early, bring a lawn chair, and enjoy a festive afternoon in Leiper’s Fork!
Wines in the Fork invites you to enjoy a VIP Experience at the Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade this Saturday! This experience includes transportation on the Franklin Hop Trolley, a reserved parade seat in front of Wines in the Fork, 2 glasses of wine, cider, or hot mulled wine, and 2 cups of hot soup, a baggett, and a peppermint brownie! Leave your car at the Franklin Visitors Center in downtown Franklin and hop on the trolley at 12:30pm to head to the Leiper’s Fork Christmas Parade – you will head back at 4pm!
Sugar Drop Cafe & Dessert Boutique in Franklin will be hosting a Basic Beginners Cookie Class this Saturday morning at 9am, where students are invited to work on a set of Santa-inspired cookies! All supplies are included, so stop by this festive class and get creative this Christmas season at Sugar Drop Cafe!
The McLemore House Museum will be hosting their Annual Christmas Open House this Saturday afternoon from 10am- 1pm. Hosted by the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County, this event features a live re-enactment of Harvey McLemore and his granddaughter, Maggie, from 10am- 12pm, and self-guided tours from 12- 1pm! Explore this historic house and learn more about its significance this Saturday!
Farmers Markets (Dec. 9th)
Williamson County’s weekly farmers markets provide the perfect opportunity to support local farmers, kitchens, and artisans!
- The Franklin Farmers Market 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 Winter Farmers Market can be found every Saturday afternoon at Mill Creek Church of Christ, where farmers and artisans offer fresh, seasonal foods, unique crafts, and more!
The Harpeth Hotel’s 1799 Kitchen & Cocktails invites you to their Santa Brunch this Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am- 2pm. Meet Santa Claus at this special holiday event to let him know what you want for Christmas and take pictures! The mischievous elves will be crafting spirited drinks for those on the naughty list, so enjoy a weekend afternoon at this all-ages holiday brunch!
The Annual Spring Hill Christmas Parade will take place on Spring Hill’s Main Street this Saturday from 5- 6:30pm. This festive happening is fun for all ages, with creative floats and fun with the community! Dress warm and celebrate the season of giving at the Spring Hill Christmas Parade this Saturday evening!
A Tuna Christmas (Dec. 6-10th): Pull-Tight Players Theatre will be performing A Tuna Christmas this weekend!
It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Dec. 7-10th): Studio Tenn Theatre Company will be continuing their holiday tradition of performing It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play from December 7-24th!
Merry Christmas, Baby: The Holiday Show (Dec. 8th): Jamie O’Neal and Ty Herndon will perform Merry Christmas, Baby: The Holiday Show at The Franklin Theatre this Friday at 8pm!
A Christmas Carol: The Musical (Dec. 8-9th): Star Bright Players will be performing A Christmas Carol: The Musical at the Williamson County Performing Arts Center this weekend!
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