FRANKLIN, TN – Dec. 4, 2019 – The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s 35th Annual Dickens of a Christmas presented by First Citizens National Bank will return 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 to downtown Franklin.
Recently named as the 3rd “Most Magical Christmas Towns and Villages Across the World” by “O, The Oprah Magazine,” Franklin is an authentic backdrop to this Victorian-era theatrical street festival.
Since 1984, the Heritage Foundation and its division the Downtown Franklin Association have been producing iconic street festivals in downtown Franklin, Tennessee, initially as a means of economic vitality for the developing community and now as a way to preserve and share our local cultural heritage. The Heritage Foundation is dedicated to preserving and sharing the special places and stories within the Williamson County community.
The festival will feature several new additions as well as traditions from the past like a new Victorian Village; a new downtown Franklin holiday window display contest; Charles Dickens’ characters; roaming carolers and street musicians; vintage and Victorian craft demonstrations; Victorian-era holiday foods such as sugar plums; free photos with Father Christmas; vintage truck holiday photo area; family activities produced by the Heritage Foundation Classroom, such as ornament and holiday card-making and other vintage crafts; snow photo area on the steps of the historic Williamson County Courthouse; Peddler’s Row East & South, featuring 100+ arts and crafts vendors and community organizations; Food Court area, featuring food trucks and street food vendors; live entertainment on the GSRM Stage; a Town Sing at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on the Public Square and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church.
Additionally, a new theatrical experience, “A Christmas Carol with Jason Woods” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at The Franklin Theatre features actor Jason Woods as he transforms into over 25 characters. He describes every shadowy phantom, mouth-watering morsel of Christmas dinner and tear of joy from the beloved Charles Dickens tale. Tickets are on sale now at www.FranklinTheatre.com.
The festival is a rain or shine event. If there is dangerous inclement weather, the Foundation will communicate with vendors and attendees on delayed openings or closings. Visitors should download the updated mobile app on Dec. 6 for information about weather, entertainment, frequently asked questions and more.
Parking and shuttle services from Franklin Transit Authority will be available for $1 per person each way. Shuttle stop locations will be announced soon.
Sponsors and key supporters include presenting sponsor First Citizens National Bank; partner-level sponsors Frost Brown Todd, The Heritage at Brentwood, Mars Petcare and Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival; host-city partner City of Franklin; stage sponsor GSRM Law; VIP member lounge sponsor Berry Farms; beverage partners Bavarian Bierhaus and Leiper’s Fork Distillery; media partners JACK FM, Mix 92.9, SuperTalk 99.7, WLAC Talk Radio 98.3, FOX 17, Franklin Home Page Media Group, Nashville Scene, Southern Exposure, Williamson Herald and YOUR Williamson; and festival friends Commercial Bank, Leaf Filter, National Dance Club, New Frontier, Novel Lockwood Glen, Peach Skin Sheets and Renewal by Anderson.
Presenting sponsor, First Citizens National Bank, was founded in 1889 in Dyersburg, Tenn. Since opening, FirstCNB has been committed to giving back and making a difference in the communities it serves. With 26 standalone locations in 11 Tennessee counties, it is a statewide bank that maintains a community-by-community focus.
For a full schedule and more information, visit www.WilliamsonHeritage.org/Dickens.
About the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN
Since 1967, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN has been dedicated to protecting and preserving Williamson County’s architectural, geographic and cultural heritage and promoting the ongoing revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation. Notable projects include The Franklin Theatre, Roper’s Knob, parts of the Franklin battlefield and the Old, Old Jail. The Foundation brings county history to about 3,000 public, private and homeschooled children each year through the Heritage Classroom program and walking tours of downtown Franklin. Events and festivals produced by the Heritage Foundation such as Main Street Festival, the Heritage Ball, Pumpkinfest and Dickens of a Christmas bring hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors to downtown Franklin each year. The Heritage Foundation owns and operates the “home of first kisses,” The Franklin Theatre, the area’s nationally accredited Main Street Program through the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Downtown Franklin Association, and the organization’s newest division and current restoration and rehabilitation project, Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens. For more information about the Heritage Foundation, visit https://williamsonheritage.org.
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