Jars of Clay, Kathie Lee Gifford to participate in Franklin tree lighting ceremony

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The city of Franklin will light up the downtown square Friday, Dec. 6, at the 2019 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, and special guests are slated to join.

The Freedom Intermediate School Honors Choir will sing, and Jars of Clay, led by local Franklin resident Dan Haseltine, will also perform. Plus, former “Today Show” cohost and new Franklin resident Kathie Lee Gifford will emcee the event. 

Other fun activities planned include a pre-show performance from the Studio Tenn presentation of “Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” with a couple songs from the upcoming musical on tap. Rudolph and Hermie from Gaylord Opryland’s “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” will also be available for photo opportunities.

Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation (MTEMC) is the presenting sponsor for the 2019 Franklin Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Free photos with Santa will be provided by Williamson Medical Center beginning at 5:45 p.m., Mars Petcare will offer a pet-friendly photo opportunity on the square.

The Downtown Franklin Association is participating with fun happenings in downtown stores. They will stay open a little later that night, so shoppers can get an early start on their Christmas shopping. The Franklin Art Scene will also be that night in many downtown stores, while the Franklin Noon Rotary and the Downtown Franklin Rotary will hand out free refreshments. 

“We thank our sponsors and partners who help us give this special gift to our community,” Franklin Mayor Ken Moore said. “We are happy to welcome Jars of Clay and Kathie Lee to celebrate with us this year. It’s so nice to have families of Franklin join us to light our spectacular tree and help spread Christmas cheer.”

The festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the main program beginning at 6:45 p.m. The lighting of the tree is expected to happen at 7:15 p.m.

For more details, visit www.franklintn.gov/treelighting.

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