Tree lit streets. Bands playing Christmas carols. Children anxiously awaiting a glimpse of Santa. There is nothing like the beauty and magic of Christmas in Downtown Franklin. The Franklin Kiwanis Christmas Parade, sponsored by Williamson Medical Center, takes place Saturday Dec 5th.
Top 5 Tips for Parade Spectators
Many of you may attend the parade every year but for those of you who are new or first-time visitors from out of town, here are the top 5 tips (provided by Kiwanis Club Franklin) to have the best time possible at the Parade.
- Arrive early and stay late! This Parade draws huge crowds every year, and this year should be no different. Traffic is always less-than-joyful before and after the Parade, so consider arriving at least an hour early and hanging out after the parade to enjoy Downtown Franklin with food, great shopping and live music. The parade starts at 2 p.m. and the route stretches almost one and a half miles, so there are plenty of options for viewing. Spread out. Bring your own folding chairs if you don’t want to stand for the whole event.
- Be strategic about finding parking! Downtown Franklin is generously sprinkled with parking garages and parking lots, but they tend to fill up fast for big events such as the Parade. Do some research to find a garage near your desired viewing area so it’s less of a struggle to get to and from your seat in the winter weather.
- When you arrive early and get a great parking spot, the next thing you have to do is find the best place to sit to see Santa and the floats roll through town. Consider Main Street. The Downtown Square paired with the parade floats makes for one of the best holiday traditions in Franklin! Wherever you chose to watch the parade, make sure you stay out of the streets along the parade route so that everything goes as smoothly as possible!
- Don’t forget those Gifts for Santa’s Sleigh! Fill Santa’s Sleigh with any unwrapped toy at the Parade. All toys are going to help the Franklin Fire Fighters Association and GraceWorks local efforts to help kids who might not have Christmas. Any help is appreciated in the effort to fill Santa’s Sleigh.
- Come prepared! Warm clothes, warm drinks and lots of Christmas cheer should be on your list of things to bring with you. Maybe even a cozy blanket to cover up with while sitting in the folding chair we mentioned earlier. Franklin’s weather is unpredictable, so keep an eye on the local weather forecast to help determine what you should bring.More Holiday Events