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.