This year’s event, a street festival, is expected to draw a crowd of 50,000 visitors, as over 250 volunteers work to make it a fun, family-friendly event that draws each of the attendees back into the era of Charles Dickens and his stories. Volunteers will be seen dressed as characters from many of Dickens’ novels as well as being vendors and street performers.
No Dickens of a Christmas event would be complete with the most popular of Dickens’ characters, so visitors can expect to meet and greet with Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge himself and all of his friends: Marley (the Ghost in Chains), Tiny Tim Cratchit and his family, Father Christmas and many more will be walking up and down Main Street this weekend, ready for conversation and photos!
Activities planned for the weekend include:
- Horse-drawn carriage rides around Public Square for $2/person
- A holiday bazaar arts & crafts area that will encircle Public Square
- Dancers and street musicians on Main Street throughout the event with violinists, hand bell choirs, harpists, carolers and a water harmonica player (!) adding to the entertainment
- Victorian treats, including: authentic fish ‘n’ chips, turkey legs, roasted nuts, kettle corn, roasted corn, roasted pork, sausages and sugar plums
- The Town Sing starting at Public Square at the town Christmas tree at 4:30 p.m. Sunday with candles ($1 donation requested) and song sheets – caroling commences down Main Street to Historic Presbyterian Church at 5 p.m., where the public is invited to join in caroling in the beautiful historic sanctuary at the corner of Fifth & Main
Aside from those fun activities, scheduled entertainment for the weekend is as follows:
- 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Intersection of 4th & Main – Flat Creek Community Contra Dancers (100 costumed dancers re-enact the dance scene from the Fezziwig Party)
- 2 p.m., the Morris Dancers perform a Cornish dance with swords and sticks from the mining communities of Cornwall
There are so many more scheduled events happening throughout each hour of the event, both Saturday and Sunday. To see the full events schedule, visit the website here.
Be sure to head to Franklin for Dickens of a Christmas this weekend, Saturday Dec. 8 through Sunday, Dec. 9. The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.