2019 Dickens of a Christmas Details

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Dickens of a Christmas

The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s 35th Annual free event Dickens of a Christmas returns to downtown Franklin on Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a – 7 p, and Sunday, Dec. 15, 11 a – 4 p.

New for Dickens of a Christmas 2019

  • No vendors will be on Main Street from Public Square to 5th Avenue to create what will be called a Victorian Village where all of the Dickens characters, street musicians, and demonstrations can be easily found.
  • Free photos with Father Christmas
  • Vendors will be located on side streets which will now be called Peddler’s Row East and South.
  • New downtown Franklin holiday window display contest
  • Family activities produced by the Heritage Foundation Classroom, such as ornament and holiday card-making and other vintage crafts 
  • New theatrical experience at The Franklin Theatre, “A Christmas Carol with Jason Woods” | 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. 
    • Actor Jason Woods transforms into over 25 characters as he describes every shadowy phantom, a mouth-watering morsel of Christmas dinner and tear of joy from the beloved Charles Dickens’s tale. Tickets are on sale now at 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 up-to-date 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 to be announced soon. 

To learn more about the 35th Annual Dickens of a Christmas, visit WilliamsonHeritage.org/Dickens. Businesses interested in “Festival Friend” sponsorship opportunities or food trucks and food vendors who wish to participate in the Food Court can reach out to Director of Corporate Relations Katie Rysiewicz at [email protected]. Space is limited. Individuals and groups interested in volunteering can visit 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.

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.