Historic Downtown Franklin has begun their promotion for its annual Dickens of a Christmas, a celebration that will hit its 30th year this year. Each second weekend in December, the Main Street in Franklin takes a time machine back 150 years to the time of Charles Dickens. A Dickens of a Christmas is a free street festival tradition that is open to the public on December 13-14 and is expected to attract some 50,000 visitors.
The street festival is developed and produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County and Downtown Franklin Association. Both take pride that Dickens of a Christmas is often listed as a Top 20 event in the Southeast.
The event has more than 250 volunteers, who participate in dressing up as characters from the Dicken’s stories, street vendors, and performers. The most popular characters will be walking around for the entirety of the weekend. Look out for Ebenezer Scrooge, Marley the ghost in chains, little Tiny Tim Cratchit and his family, and Father Christmas.
The festival has many scheduled performances throughout the event along with over two-dozen street performers.
In addition, there are opportunities that include:
- Horse-drawn carriage rides around the square for $2 per person
- Holiday arts and crafts
- Victorian eats such as authentic fish ‘n’ chips, turkey legs, roasted nuts, kettle corn, roasted corn, sausages, and sugar plums.
- Dancers and street musicians that include violinists, hand bell choirs, harpists, carolers, and even a water harmonica player.
- Town sing in the public square at 4:30 on Sunday with candles