Franklin’s nationally recognized Dickens of a Christmas, sponsored this year by Nissan, will recall the spirit of Christmases past when the Heritage Foundation throws its annual holiday celebration. Set for Dec. 10-11, the Heritage Foundation will bring the historic town to life with the joy and charm of an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas. 

This year the event marks its 32nd anniversary, and will feature both time-honored activities that have become perennial favorites, as well as a few new traditions in the making.

Much of what folks from Franklin and beyond associate with Dickens of a Christmas will return, including:

·  The Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson Co., the organizers of the event, guarantee snow on Main Street for Dickens of a Christmas.  Bring your camera for a family photo!

·  Franklin’s Main Street and its beautiful Victorian architecture decked out for the holiday season and closed to vehicle traffic from First Ave. – Fifth Ave.

·  Some 200 characters, dancers and entertainers in the street, including several from Charles Dickens’s stories interacting with the public.  Expect to see the nefarious Fagin from Oliver Twist; Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim Cratchit with his parents from A Christmas Carol; and of course, a Victorian Father and Mother Christmas with treats for children

·  Sugar plums and roasted chestnuts being sold on the street, much like they were during the Victorian era

·  Street vendors selling old English fare

·  A variety of musical performances and street performers on both the stage at the square and at various locations on the street

·  Award winning singer and songwriter Aaron Shust will perform on the Public Square Saturday at 4:00 p.m. with a town sing of Christmas carols to follow

·  Horse-drawn carriage rides on 3rd Avenue North

·  A holiday arts and crafts bazaar featuring more than 150 vendors along Main Street

·  Kids arts and crafts area inside Landmark Bank sponsored by Rolling Hills Community Church

·  A beard contest sponsored by Lucky Scruff

·  An expanded variety of musicians and street performers

·  We will conclude this holiday celebration with a town sing, Sunday, at the Historic Presbyterian Church at 4:30 p.m.

Dickens of a Christmas will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 11.  The event is free and open to the public; some attractions will involve a small fee.  More information and a schedule of events will be available at www.historicfranklin.com

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